Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz confirmed reports Wednesday he plans to retire at the end of the 2016 baseball season.
Big Papi slugged the Red Sox to World Series wins in 2004, 2007 and 2013. Ortiz particularly shined during the 2013 World Series — six months after the Boston Marathon bombings — batting 11 for 16 for an average of .688, and winning the Most Valuable Player award.
During a ceremony before the first home Red Sox game after the bombings and ensuing manhunt, Ortiz punctuated a speech with a bit of profanity, telling the Fenway crowd, "This is our f——— city."
Ortiz announced his exit in a video from the Players Tribune, a web magazine produced by professional athletes, which you can watch below.
Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal had reported the news Tuesday via Twitter.
Sources: David Ortiz will retire at end of 2016 season.
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