A Ruthian accomplishment for Ortiz?
June, 21, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information
He’d be the first AL player 36 or older to hit .300 with 40 homers since Babe Ruth in 1932. Over in the NL, only Hank Aaron, Andres Galarraga and Barry Bonds pulled it off at this age.
Ortiz is also on pace for 50 doubles. The oldest player in MLB history with a 40 homer-40 double season was Willie Stargell at 33 in 1973.
One other interesting Ortiz nugget from the Elias Sports Bureau: David Ortiz’s grand slam on Wednesday night was the 10th of his career at Fenway Park -- nine for the Red Sox and one for the Twins. Only two other players have hit at least 10 grand slams at one venue: Lou Gehrig had 11 at Yankee Stadium and Willie McCovey had 11 at Candlestick Park.