“My playing time has already expired,” Ortiz told to ESPN Deportes.
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The 41-year-old slugger said that for the first time in more than two decades, he is not physically preparing to play baseball this offseason.
“Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, ‘I’ll play tomorrow,'” Ortiz said “Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency.”
A future Hall of Fame candidate, Ortiz certainly ended his career on a high note. He hit .315/.401/.620 with 38 homers and 127 RBI in 2016, leading the majors in OPS, slugging percentage (.620) and doubles (48).
The 10-time All-Star says lingering injuries ultimately forced him to retire, and that the grind of a 162-game season simply became too much for him.
Ortiz told ESPN Deportes that he’s working on adapting to his new life as a retiree.