Red Sox sign David Ortiz to lifelong role

Boston Red Sox baseball great David Ortiz, right, laughs with Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, Friday, June 23, 2017, at Fenway Park in Boston as the team retired Ortiz's jersey No. 34 worn when he led the franchise to three World Series titles. It is the 11th number retired by the Red Sox. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Boston Red Sox are making sure that David Ortiz remains with the organization for life.

The baseball club announced on Wednesday that the two parties have come to a long-term agreement, inking the 41-year-old and former cornerstorne to an “unprecedented deal that should link with him with the organization forever.” The team noted Ortiz will serve “as a mentor for current players, participate in recruitment efforts, make a variety of special appearances for the club, and work in a business development capacity for Fenway Sports Management and its partners.”

This season was the first for the Red Sox without Ortiz in the lineup since 2002. He spent 14 seasons with the organization and was named to 10 All-Star Games, seven Silver Sluggers and two Hank Aaron Awards while piloting the team to three World Series wins, one which was topped off with MVP honors (2004).

“I’m going to be doing different things with the Red Sox,” Ortiz said, per WEEI“I’m going to be up in the front office. Doing some things like going seeing players. That’s going to happen. At some point you’re going to see more often around, things like spring training. Pretty much what the other guys normally do.”

That’s a legend that will go down in Red Sox lore among a bevy of players who have made their mark on the organization in one form or another. Luckily for fans — they’d probably rather him on the playing surface, to be fair — it doesn’t appear Ortiz is going anywhere… for a long time.

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