By Jon Heyman
(CBS) — When Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes revealed they all call David Ortiz “Cooperstown” inside that cozy Red Sox clubhouse, Gomes re-ignited what might possibly be the most interesting Hall of Fame debate of them all.
On merit, impact and achievement, Ortiz should easily make it, even if there might be a misguided number cruncher or two who aren’t fully convinced the 431 career home runs add up to the Hall of Fame, and perhaps also an old-time traditionalist holding out an anti-DH bias against the all-time DH. Those knocks can be categorized as nonsense.
Ortiz, a major star for more than a decade now and nine-time All-Star, made an indelible impact in Boston and beyond, and is an all-time October performer. He now must be considered one of the greatest World Series and postseason players ever, a man who helped lift a historic franchise that hadn’t won a World Series for 85 straight years to three titles in 10 seasons, and who carried his teammates on his back with his deeds and his words in his remarkable third winning World Series. Impossibly, his 1.372 OPS in those three World Series is just a tick less than 50 percent better than his still sterling lifetime mark of .930.
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