Red Sox announce long-term commitment with David Ortiz

Ty Anderson
September 13, 2017 - 4:59 pm

It took until his retirement, but the Red Sox have given David Ortiz a long-term deal.

After the 10-time All-Star confirmed to WEEI.com that he would be working with the Red Sox moving forward, the team officially announced the move on Tuesday, calling it an unprecedented deal that “should link him with the organization forever.”

“For over a decade and a half, we have gotten to know what kind of man David is both on and off the field,” Red Sox principal owner John Henry said in a statement. “His skill and success on the diamond are rivaled only by his spirit, compassion, and big heart. I cannot think of a better representative for our organization.

“I’m happy we can now say officially what we have long known, David is family.”

In this new role, Ortiz will act as a mentor for current players, participate in recruitment efforts, make a variety of special appearances for the Red Sox, and work in a business development capacity for Fenway Sports Management and its partners.

“For 14 seasons, David was an instrumental part of this club’s victories and achievements,” said team chairman Tom Werner. “He has delivered for us in every scenario, even the ones that seemed dire and hopeless – he never let us down.

“Like David himself, this agreement is unique and the first time we have made a commitment of this kind or this length to a player, retired or active,” Werner continued. “I am delighted we have a lasting partnership with him; one that brings to us the wisdom, experience, and character that has lifted this club time and again.”

The greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox hitter, the 14-year Sox slugger is happy to officially rejoin the organization he called his own en route to three World Series titles, seven Silver Slugger Awards, and his No. 34 officially retired by the club earlier this year.

“I’m happy to be able to help the Red Sox organization I love in any way I can,” said Ortiz. “Whether that’s offering advice to a young player, helping convince a free agent that there’s no better city to play in than Boston, or representing the club in the community and with its partners, it’s great to be part of the Red Sox organization.

“It feels like I never left.”

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