2012 ALL-STAR DAVID ORTIZ
Ortiz was chosen to start the All-Star Game for the AL after leading fan balloting at DH…It marks his 8th overall All-Star selection in the last 9 years since 2004 (all but 2009), and his 6th nod as starter (2005-08, 2011; did not play in 2008 due to injury)…It is his 5th selection as a DH (also 2005, 2008, 2010-11) and he is the 1st player to win fan balloting at DH on 4 occasions…He is 4-for-12 (.333) with 1 homer and 3 RBI in 6 previous All-Star Game appearances. Ortiz is currently tied for 1st in the AL with 47 extra-base hits…It is the 2nd straight season a Red Sox has held a share of the AL lead in extra-base hits at the break (Adrian Gonzalez led the Majors with 49 XBH at the break in 2011)…It marks the 2nd-most 1st-half XBH of his career behind his club-record 56 in 2004.
Ortiz ranks 2nd in AL in OPS (1.013) and runs (62), 3rd in the AL in OBP (.406) and SLG (.607), and is 9th in AVG (.312)…The 1.013 OPS, a career 1st-half best, ranks 7th all time among Red Sox in the 1st half (min. 300 AB)…His .607 SLG is 2nd highest in his career before the break (.609 in 2006)…He has his best AVG at the break since 2007 (.314).
He is also among AL leaders in doubles (7th, 25), RBI (T-8th, 57), walks (5th, 51) and total bases (4th, 187), andpaces the AL with 11 intentional walks.
His 22 homers, tied for 6th in the AL, are his most at the break since 31 in 2006…Ortiz reached 20 homer mark for 11th straight year, the only Major Leaguer with at least 20 long balls in each season since 2002.
Ortiz knocked his 400th career home run on 7/4 at OAK, becoming the 8th active player and the 49th hitter all-time to reach the mark…He is the 6th player to hit his 400th career homer as a member of the Red Sox.
PLAYERS WHO HIT 400TH ML HR AS A RED SOX
PLAYER DATE OPP
Jimmie Foxx 6/27/1938 at CLE
Ted Williams 7/17/1956 vs. KCA (G2)
Carl Yastrzemski 7/24/1979 vs. OAK
Andre Dawson 4/15/1993 vs. CLE
Manny Ramirez 5/15/2005 at SEA
David Ortiz 7/4/2012 at OAK