David Ortiz has officially been deemed one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
In his very first time on the ballot for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ortiz has been elected into the Cooperstown shrine. He is the only player from the 30-candidate 2022 class to reach the 75 percent threshold needed for induction, garnering 77.9 percent of the vote.
Those just missing out on joining Ortiz were Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, both of whom were in their 10th and final year of eligibility. Bonds finished with the second-most votes at 66 percent, while Clemens was third with 65.2 percent.
Clearly helping Ortiz’s vote total was the last impression he left, which saw the designated hitter cap a 20-year career by turning in one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .315 with a 1.021 OPS and 38 homers.
Ortiz finished in the Top 10 of American League Most Valuable player voting seven times while winning the Edgar Martinez Award for the top designated hitter on eight occasions. He finished with 541 home runs (17th all-time), 1,192 extra-base hit (8th all-time) and 632 doubles (12th all-time).
But it was the slugger’s postseason track record that truly separated him, winning the MVP for both the 2004 American League Championship Series and 2013 World Series. Ortiz, who played for three World Series-winning teams (2004, 2007, 2013), appeared in a total of 18 postseason series, hitting .289 with 22 doubles, 17 homers and 61 RBI in 85 games.
While Clemens and Bonds both took jumps forward from their 2021 totals, which land at 61.8 percent and 61.6 percent respectively, neither could quite reach the finish line before their time ran out. The same went for Curt Schilling, whose vote total dipped significantly from the 71.1 percent managed the year before, clocking in at 58.6 percent.
Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon didn’t receive the prerequisite five percent of the vote needed to remain on the ballot, finishing at 1.3 percent.