Red Sox player David Ortiz, known affectionately as "Big Papi" is retiring from baseball this year at the respectable age of 40. He has had a storied career and has made all sorts of records, especially in terms of his batting average, which makes him one of the best baseball players in history.
The career statistics of Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz make is easy to claim his place as one of the best players of all time. He has over a 20 year stellar performance (playing for Boston and Minnesota). And he leaves the All-Star game with a glowing record at age 40.
David Ortiz has been a masterful player, and will be known as one of the best of his time. He has held strong his entire career, and is very well-known as a slugger. The fact that he is retiring after this season helps this, as he isn't sticking around, letting his stats start to slip before realizing his time is up.
While David Ortiz is one of the best hitters of all time, he is by no means one of the best players of all time. Players should be defined by the entirety of their skills and talents that they bring to the game. Ortiz could not run, he could not field and was a liability in many cases.