There was no fanfare beyond one sentence on Major League Baseball’s official transaction list on Tuesday.
“DH David Ortiz retired.”
So that makes it official. After 20 seasons, three World Series championships, and 541 home runs, Big Papi has shut it down.
As a formality, the Red Sox picked up Ortiz’s option for 2017 this month and he remained on the 40-man roster. But now that Ortiz has filed his retirement papers, he is off the roster.
Ortiz turns 41 on Friday. If he does not play again, Ortiz will first appear on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2021.