Ortiz wins fourth outstanding DH award

Ortiz wins fourth outstanding DH award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The way David Ortiz is piling up gaudy stats for the Red Sox, he might one day have an award named after him. In the meantime, he'll keep winning the award named in honor of former Mariners' hitting machine Edgar Martinez.

It was announced Tuesday that Ortiz won an unprecedented fourth consecutive Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.

According to a release provided by Major League Baseball, Ortiz -- Boston's gregarious slugger -- was an overwhelming choice for the award, garnering 60 of the 81 first-place votes. Travis Hafner of the Indians finished second.

Ortiz had another brilliant season for the Red Sox, shattering the club's all-time home run record by going deep 54 times. Jimmie Foxx held the previous Red Sox record with 50, struck back in 1938.

In addition, Ortiz hit .287, scored 115 runs, produced 137 RBIs and had a .636 slugging percentage.

The award for the outstanding designated hitter has been presented since the inception of the position in 1973. Martinez had the award named in his honor in 2001 after winning it five times.

Ortiz can tie Martinez by nabbing the award again next year.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.