David Ortiz Has Learned To Be A Home Body

There are many reasons for the Titanic-like collapse of the Boston Red Sox but other than being hampered by damaged Achilles’ you can’t blame this disaster on David Ortiz.

The Red Sox finished their miserable Fenway season with a 35-47 record and once again, you can’t blame Big Papi. In fact, over the last four seasons, David Ortiz has improved his home batting average by close to a hundred points.

For all the public relations and marketing reasons to sign David Ortiz, there are none more important than his improved Fenway hitting prowess.

David Ortiz

HOME BATTING AVERAGE OVER THE LAST FOUR SEASONS:

Year BA
2009 .263
2010 .278
2011 .342
2012 .359

How has Ortiz done this?

When I shared this with a colleague yesterday, his first assumption was a drop in power as Ortiz sought to become more of a contact hitter.

It’s a good guess, but it is incorrect.

David Ortiz

HOME SLUGGING PERCENTAGE OVER THE LAST FOUR SEASONS:

Year SLG
2009 .532
2010 .547
2011 .588
2012 .706

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