This question has divided so many people in the Boston area. It has destroyed friendships. Ruined Marriages. Made people quit their jobs.
But I will try to tackle the subject and be as unbiased (thats a joke) as possible.
David Ortiz will go down as the best designated hitter in the history of baseball. That is not up for debate. Unfortunately, designated hitters aren't exactly known for making the Hall of Fame.
However, David Ortiz should be the exception.
Before I dive into this subject further, just think of it like this: David Ortiz is the only player to hit 500 home runs and win 3 World Series in any uniform other than Yankee pinstripes.
500 home runs isn't what it used to be. It seems now that almost every season a new player is approaching 500 home runs. However, Ortiz's accolades outside of his power is what matters to me.
David Ortiz is one of, if not the, best hitter in playoff history. In 82 postseason games, Ortiz is hitting .295 with 17 home runs and 60 RBIs. We can all remember his heroic performances in the 2007 and 2013 World Series, where he batted over .600.
His ability to deliver in the clutch was the reason he is now called "Señor October" in the Boston area. If it wasn't for David, the Red Sox would not have come back from their 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS and we wouldn't have the lasting image of Tori Hunter hurling over the right field wall, trying to catch Ortiz's game-tying grand slam, in the 2013 ALCS.
The report of him reportedly failing a drug test in 2003 will always weigh in the minds of the HOF voters, but David Ortiz may be the most influential Red Sox player ever. He is everything that a fan and ownership would want in a super star. He loves the city, the fans and being a Red Sox.
When the time comes, whether that be 7 or 12 years, I hope he gets in.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS