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.
HOME BATTING AVERAGE OVER THE LAST FOUR SEASONS:
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.
HOME SLUGGING PERCENTAGE OVER THE LAST FOUR SEASONS: