Red Sox, Ortiz announce new partnership
(TSX / STATS) -- Ten-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion David Ortiz is returning to the Boston Red Sox ... in a front-office role.
The Red Sox announced the news in a release on Wednesday, stating that they have a "long-term agreement" with Ortiz that "should link him with the organization forever."
Ortiz will act as a mentor for current players, participate in recruitment efforts, make a variety of special appearances and work in a business development capacity for Fenway Sports Management and its partners, the team announced.
"For over a decade and a half, we have gotten to know what kind of man David is both on and off the field," Red Sox principal owner John Henry said. "His skill and success on the diamond are rivaled only by his spirit, compassion, and big heart. I cannot think of a better representative for our organization. I'm happy we can now say officially what we have long known, David is family."
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner also applauded Ortiz and welcomed the team's continuation of the relationship.
"For 14 seasons, David was an instrumental part of this club's victories and achievements," Werner said. "He has delivered for us in every scenario, even the ones that seemed dire and hopeless -- he never let us down.
"Like David himself, this agreement is unique and the first time we have made a commitment of this kind or this length to a player, retired or active. I am delighted we have a lasting partnership with him; one that brings to us the wisdom, experience, and character that has lifted this club time and again."
Ortiz, who retired following the 2016 season, was more than thrilled to rejoin the Red Sox in his new role.
"I'm happy to be able to help the Red Sox organization I love in any way I can," Ortiz said. "Whether that's offering advice to a young player, helping convince a free agent that there's no better city to play in than Boston, or representing the club in the community and with its partners, it's great to be part of the Red Sox organization. It feels like I never left."
Ortiz, who had his No. 34 retired by the Red Sox in June, is Boston's only three-time World Series champion in the post-World War I era. He led the club to titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013.
Ortiz retired as Boston's all-time postseason leader in homers (17), doubles (19), extra-base hits (38), hits (80), runs (51), RBIs (57) and walks (59). Ortiz was named MVP of the 2004 AL Championship Series and the 2013 Fall Classic.
Ortiz belted 483 career homers with the Red Sox, a total that trails only Ted Williams (521) on the franchise's all-time list. He also ranks third with the club in RBIs (1,530), sixth in hits (2,079), third in doubles (524), third in extra-base hits (1,023) and fifth in runs scored (1,204).
Updated September 13, 2017