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As Fred McGriff, Darrell Evans, Carlos Delgado, Dave Kingman, Jeff Bagwell, and others will attest, hitting 400 home runs doesn’t guarantee a spot in Cooperstown.

It does, however, represent a pretty impressive milestone, especially for a guy who was traded by the Mariners to the Twins, and eventually released because he was viewed as a platoon player about to make too much money for the Minnesota payroll.

For David Ortiz, who was at 399 entering Thursday night’s game against Seattle, what is also remarkable about the feat is the way he has approached his status as a baseball senior citizen. He has decided that he is going to play harder than ever, and not pace himself as most 36-year-old players tend to do.

He does not want to “pick his spots” but rather play hard all the time, run the bases aggressively, take care of his body, and play out the final two years of his career at the top of his game, not just going through the motions.

At 36, he is the Red Sox’ best offensive player. Still.

Globe - Ortiz shows his clout on and off the field

In fairness, it's a lot easier to not "pick spots" and to "play hard all the time" at age 36 when you're exclusively DH'ing.  Of all the things we can applaud Ortiz for (and there's a whole slew of them), his ability to not mail in games or at-bats isn't anywhere near the top.

Cafardo does a good job of touching on all points of the David Ortiz experience.  He questions whether or not Papi will ever sniff the Hall of Fame, touches on his leadership role in the Sox clubhouse, his 'no fun' rant, and his desire, and inability, to land a multi-year contract from the Sox. 

As far as the Hall of Fame is concerned, I am a complete homer, so I fully think Papi deserves it.  Not only is he an amazing slugger, he's a unique, bigger-than-the-game personality.  That said, I don't expect to see him enshrined in Cooperstown.  Edgar Martinez is on the outside looking in, and he's generally considered the gold standard of DH's.  Hall of Fame voters very rarely buck trends.  If they don't think a "one-dimensional player" deserves to be enshrined, no "one-dimensional players" shall be enshrined.  That said, Martinez, while being an amazing hitter, didn't have nearly the amount of power Papi possesses; not to mention the flair and charisma.  In 725 fewer at-bats Ortiz already has 90 more home runs and 50+ more RBIs than Martinez, while their other numbers (outside of batting average) are surprisingly even.  If Ortiz can produce at this level for two more seasons, I think you can throw the Martinez comparison out the window and judge Papi as his own, unique player. 

But before we worry ourselves with post-career recognition, let's just make sure the Sox finally offer him that two-year deal he so desperately craves.  Can we finally admit that he's worth the "risk"? 

Rest of the links:

Herald - Mariners get drop on Sox | Aaron Cook's ready to serve |Jarrod Saltalamacchia thrives in his expanded role | Globe -Iglesias back in for Pawtucket | Sox lose heartbreaker on Jaso walkoff single | CSNNE - Pedroia: Hernandez 'was pretty special tonight' | First Pitch: Sox find a winner in Morales | WEEI - Five things we learned on another memorable night for Franklin Morales | Red Sox sign Andy LaRoche | Bard: Can't worry about returning to Red Sox


Pressure Shouldn't Be Issue for David Ortiz in Pursuit of Home Run No. 400 (Video)

David Ortiz might be facing a little pressure to hit career home run No. 400, but that shouldn't be too much of an issue. After all, he's the greatest clutch hitter in the history of the Red Sox, right? NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is convinced that it won't take long for Papi to find his groove. Although we should be cautious with setting our expectations and getting...

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Tim Wakefield to Join NESN Team as Red Sox Analyst

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia Settling in to Cleanup Spot as Red Sox Settle in to Consistent Lineup

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Red Sox News & Notes - 6/30

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Red Sox Live Blog: Franklin Morales Ready to Kick Off Sox' West Coast Trip in Seattle

8 a.m. ET: For the third straight time, Franklin Morales will make a start for the Red Sox (40-35). The team is cruising, having won nine of their last 11 games and have won five straight series entering this matchup. Morales hopes to continue turning heads in the starting rotation like in his past two starts, when he fanned 17 batters in his last 11 innings. In his last outing,...

Red Sox News & Notes - 6/29

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Evening Red Sox Delight - 6/30

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Evening Red Sox Delight - 6/29

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10-4, Good Buddy. Sox Head West On High Note

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Franklin Gutierrez Placed on Disabled List With Concussion From Franklin Morales Pickoff Throw

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Evening Red Sox Delight - 6/28

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Game 76: Red Sox vs. Mariners

Time: 10:10 ET TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI Red Sox (40-35) Nava, LF Pedroia, 2B Ortiz, DH Saltalamacchia, C Gonzalez, 1B Middlebrooks, 3B Ross, RF Kalish, CF Aviles, SS Pitching: Franklin Morales Mariners (32-45) Suzuki, RF Gutierrez, CF Seager, 3B Montero, DH Wells, LF Smoak, 1B Olivo, C Ackley, 2B Ryan, SS Pitching: Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez Makes Sure Red Sox Stay 'Shut Out in Seattle' With Dominant Start (Video)

So much for that high-powered Red Sox offense. Felix Hernandez silenced the Red Sox bats on Thursday night, going the distance to pick up his sixth win of the year while tying a career high with 13 strikeouts. He needed every one of them, too, considering Franklin Morales matched him blow for blow in the early innings before giving way to the Red Sox bullpen. NESN Nation's Dan...

Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 4

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