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It was announced on late Tuesday that former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writer's Association of America (BBWAA) with 77.9% of the vote. It was Ortiz's first appearance on the ballot, and he was the only player elected for 2022.

It doesn't come as a surprise to Boston or baseball fans alike that Ortiz's nomination came on the first ballot. Big Papi was a ten-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger, 2004 ALCS MVP, 2013 World Series MVP, 2010 Home Run Derby champion, and three-time World Series champion.

Ortiz spent six seasons with the Minnesota Twins before signing as a free agent with the Red Sox on January 22, 2003. Ortiz spent the rest of his MLB career with Boston, helping to lead them to three World Series titles in 2004, 2007, and 2013.

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In a career that spanned 20 seasons, Ortiz batted .286 with a .931 OPS, belted 541 homers (17th all-time), and drove in 1,768 runs. The slugger also appeared in 18 playoff series, where he slashed .289/.404/.543 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI.

Papi's career ended in 2016 with the Red Sox at age 40. Now, Ortiz will be enshrined forever in the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with all of the other Red Sox greats.

In related news, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Curt Schilling appeared on the BBWAA ballot for the tenth and last time, and were not selected for the Hall. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the trio, who's potential election to the Hall of Fame has been subject to much debate over the years, are expected to be on the Today's Game ballot in December. 

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