Three-time World Series Champion and former World Series MVP David Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” serves as an MLB studio analyst for FOX Sports. Ortiz contributes to the network’s spring training, regular season, All-Star Game, postseason and World Series coverage.
Ortiz made his broadcasting debut with FOX Sports as a guest studio analyst during the 2014 World Series, and has continued to appear on the network since his retirement.
LIFE ON THE FIELD
Big Papi entered the league in 1992 with the Minor-League team, the Seattle Mariners, where he quickly established himself as one of the best hitters. He played for them until he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1996, making his Major-League debut with the franchise in 1997. After six seasons in the North Star State, Ortiz was picked up by the Boston Red Sox.
In “Beantown,” Ortiz became known as one of the game’s most-feared hitters. During the Red Sox’s 2004 postseason run, the designated hitter was instrumental in defeating the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, silencing any superstition about the “Curse of the Bambino.” The team went on to win the 2004 Fall Classic, and Ortiz later picked up two more rings with Boston in 2007 and 2013. The slugger won the World Series MVP in his final championship run against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Throughout his career, Ortiz earned 10 All-Star Game selections and seven Silver Slugger Awards, amassing 541 home runs, 2,472 hits and 1,768 RBIs. Ortiz retired in 2016 and as a tribute to his success in Boston, the Red Sox honored his 14-season run by retiring his jersey (No. 34) in 2017.
Inspired by a trip to the Dominican Republic’s CEDIMAT Hospital, Ortiz founded the David Ortiz Children’s Fund in 2007 to provide support for children who can’t afford the critical cardiac services that they need.
Ortiz was born in 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Today, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife Tiffany and their three children.
In his retirement, Ortiz has found focus in his production company, Big Papi Productions, with which he stars in his first TV show on Fusion network Big Papi Needs a job. Ortiz is co-owner of the Arias wine label, named after his late mother.