Baseball’s biggest surprise: David Ortiz

At 40 years old, David Ortiz is having one of the best seasons of his career. Back in November, Ortiz announced that the 2016 season would be his last. But nobody could have predicted the season that would follow that announcement.

At the time of this article, Ortiz is batting .340, good for third in the American League. If he finishes near that mark, it would be the highest batting average of his career. He ranks 6th in home runs at 18 and 2nd in RBIs with 60. He leads the American League in on base percentage, slugging percentage and doubles. Along with these impressive numbers, his team is competing for first place in the American League East.

Over the past couple of seasons, we still saw some power from Ortiz. In 2014 he slugged 35 home runs, and hit 37 in 2015. But his batting average was much lower. He batted .273 last season and .263 the year before. But in 2016, he’s on track to crush all of those numbers.

Ortiz is having one of the greatest final seasons in MLB history. But here’s the big question: Should 2016 be his last?

At age 40, David Ortiz is having an incredible season
At age 40, David Ortiz is having an incredible season
Eric Solomon has worked in various newsrooms in Chicago. He brings his experience to Sporting Vote, where he writes for the NFL, NBA and MLB. Eric is an avid Chicago sports fan, and hopes the Cubs don’t blow it this year.

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