David Ortiz led the Boston Red Sox to three World Series championships. Wednesday, on his 40th birthday, the legendary slugger announced his nearly 20-year career would end after the 2016 season. Ortiz made the announcement via YouTube.
Ortiz, who started his career with the Minnesota Twins in 1997 before taking his talents to the Red Sox in 2003, referred to his teammates as a second family. During his time with this second family, Ortiz has tallied 2,303 hits, 1,641 runs batted in, and 503 home runs, a statistic that puts him at 27th on the all-time list.
The announcement does not come as a surprise. The Red Sox finished their 2014 season with an underwhelming 78-84 record. Ortiz indicated in October that his days as a professional baseball player were numbered. "I don't know how much more time I have," he said via The Boston Globe.
The sport of baseball owes a lot to Ortiz, and Ortiz recognizes the impact of baseball on his life. "Baseball besides God flipped my whole life over," he said. "I'm really proud of what I have accomplished through the years. I'm very thankful for having fans like you guys... I wish I could play another 40 years."
In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Ortiz has been a pillar in the Boston community and around the world, winning the Roberto Clemente Award for his philanthropy in the Dominican Republic and New England. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Ortiz, the face of the Red Sox, helped his team reach another championship.
He concluded his statement by saying, "After next year, time is up, so let's enjoy next season."
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David Ortiz through the years
Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz announces his retirement
BOSTON, MA - MAY 22: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox smiles as stretches before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
23 Feb 1998: David Ortiz #27 of the Minnesota Twins at Spring Training at the Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
25 Jun 2000: David Ortiz #27 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to the action during practice before the game against the Anaheim Angels at Edison Field in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 7-6.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport
CLEVELAND, UNITED STATES: Minnesota Twins player David Ortiz (L) sprays champagne on teammate Torii Hunter (C) while Hunter is being interviewed by an unidentified television reporter (R) in the locker room during the post game victory celebration15, September, 2002 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OH. Minnesota clinched the American League Central Division championship, defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-0. (Photo credit should read DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 23: David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during the Red Sox spring training Media Day on February 23, 2003 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 30: First baseman David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches the hit during the game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 30, 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Yankees won 10-7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Designated Hitter David Ortiz (34) of the Boston Red Sox crosses home plate after crushing a home run against the Anaheim Angels at Angels Stadium on July 17, 2004. (Photo by Phillip Ellsworth/WireImage)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 18: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz rounds the bases and celebrates his game winning home run as he leaps across the plate. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 23: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three run home run in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game one of the World Series on October 23, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Pedro Martinez #45, Curt Schilling #38 and David Ortiz 34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in game four of the World Series on October 27, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 30: Red Sox player David Ortiz clutches the championship trophy as the rolling rally parade to celebrate the baseball team's World Series win rolls along Boylston Street. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 22: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox waits on deck to hit against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park on May 22, 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox won the game 5-2. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 16: David Ortiz rubs teammate Manny Ramirez's head after Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the 10th inning, walking home the winning run in the Red Sox 3-2 win over Oakland tonight. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 26: Andruw Jones of the Atlanta Braves and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox pose with the Hank Aaron Award, presented to each before Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - JULY 10: Amercian League All-Star David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox watches a second round home run during the CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby at PNC Park on July 10, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 23: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox laughs before the game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 23, 2006 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Red Sox DH David Ortiz, right, hit a two run walk off ninth inning home run to lift Boston to a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. Here, as the fans go wild, he is mobbed at the plate by his teammates, including Curt Schilling, left, and Kevin Youkilis, center, as home plate umpire Greg Gibson, blue shirt, watches closely to make sure he steps on the plate. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 20: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the on-deck circle against the Cleveland Indians during game six of the American League Championship Series on October 20, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts(Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
DENVER - OCTOBER 28: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with champagne in the locker room after winning Game Four by a score of 4-3 to win the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series in a four game sweep of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 28, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 30: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox holds the World Series Trophy during the Boston Red Sox World Series Victory Celebration on October 30, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 08: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox connects with a pitch against the Detroit Tigers on April 8,2008 during Opening Day at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 29: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox connects with a pitch during the MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 29, 2008 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.The Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 1-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - JUNE 28: First baseman David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox flips the ball towards first base during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 28, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves beat the Red Sox 2-1. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 21: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox shares a laugh with the New York Yankees during batting practice at Fenway Park on August 21, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 86 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Fallon gets hitting tips from Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz on January 11, 2010 (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 28: Xander Bogaerts #2 and David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox present Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees with a placard in honor of his last game on September 28, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 4: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox tips his hat to the fans after leaving the game during the sixth inning after swapping out for a pitch runner following a walk against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 4, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)