David Amrico Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975), nicknamed 'Big Papi', is a Dominican-American professional baseball player with the Boston Red Sox. Mostly a designated hitter, Ortiz sometimes plays at first base. Ortiz played with the Minnesota Twins from 1997 until 2002. Ortiz is an eight-time All-Star and holds the Red Sox single season record for home runs in a regular season with 54, set during the 2006 season. In 2005, Red Sox ownership presented him with a plaque proclaiming Ortiz 'the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox'. He is the 49th MLB player to hit 400 career home runs. Ortiz graduated from Estudia Espallat High School in the Dominican Republic and in 1992 he was signed by the Seattle Mariners, who listed him as 'David Arias'. He played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Mariners farm team, until 1996, when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins as the player to be named later in an earlier transaction for Dave Hollins.
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