What record did Ortiz set? The most home runs in a season by a player aged 40 or older. Previously Darrell Evans owned that crown — and had since 1987. Evans’ mark had, for the most part, gone unchallenged, even during the steroid era. Before Ortiz, Raul Ibanez‘s 29-homer effort in 2013 was the only time someone had came within five long ones of Evans:
Of course, Ortiz isn’t just having an impressive season relative to his age. He entered Monday hitting .317/.403/.626, which is good for a 163 OPS+, or the second-highest mark in baseball, behind Mike Trout.
If Ortiz is dead-set on retiring, and he seems to be, then he’s going out on top.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / WATCH: David Ortiz sets single-season HR record by a player aged 40 or older