Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been selected to play for the American League in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday, July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Ortiz was elected to start the Midsummer Classic for the AL after leading fan balloting at DH.
The complete American and National League teams were announced today by Major League Baseball.
Ortiz received 4,986,979 votes, fifth-most in the Majors, over 1.3 million more than the next designated hitter candidate, Texas’ Michael Young at 3,604,042. This marks his eighth overall All-Star selection, all with Boston over the last nine seasons since 2004 (2004-08, ’10-11), and his sixth nod as a starter. The 36-year-old designated hitter was elected to start four straight Midsummer Classics from 2005-08 (did not play in 2008 due to injury) and also started last season’s exhibition. Overall this year’s selection is his fifth as a DH (also 2005, 2008 and 2010-11), having been tabbed as a first baseman in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Ortiz is the first player to win fan balloting at designated hitter on four occasions, passing Edgar Martinez (1997, 2001, 2003).
In 77 games with the Red Sox this year, Ortiz has hit .305 (86-for-282) and leads the American League with 45 extra-base hits. He ranks second in the AL in OPS (1.006), doubles (tied, 24) and runs scored (57), and also places among AL leaders in total bases (3rd, 173), slugging percentage (3rd, .613), on-base percentage (4th, .393), home runs (6th, 21), walks (T-6th, 42), RBI (T-6th, 53) and multi-hit games (T-8th, 26). His 21 homers lead the Red Sox and mark his 11th consecutive double-digit homer season since 2002, the only Major Leaguer to accomplish that feat. Ortiz tops all Major Leaguers with nine home runs against left-handed pitching and paces AL batters with 17 extra-base hits against southpaws this season. He is the all-time Major League leader in home runs (351) and RBI (1,140) RBI as a designated hitter and is one home run shy of 400 in his career.