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November 17, 2015, New York  Today reports surfaced that Red Sox’s designated hitter, David Ortiz, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2016 season.

Ortiz is a nine time All-Star, and a six-time silver slugger award winner. He has the most homeruns by any designated hitter with 447. His most recent accomplishment was hitting his 500th career home run that came on September 13th against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 10-3 win.

Ortiz tells ESPN.GO, “Winning another World Series is the goal. I’ll take a World Series anytime on top of 500 homeruns any day. That’s my goal. That’s my goal for next year. That was my goal for this year, but it didn’t work out that way. I’ll be on it next year.”

The news will officially be announced on Wednesday, which is his 40th birthday. According to ESPN.GO, there has been ten position players in Red Sox history that have played past their 40th birthday, and only three have played in as many as 100 games past that age, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, and Bing Miller.

The Boston Red Sox will open up the 2016 season with a matchup against the Cleveland Indians.

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