David Ortiz: Can He Maintain His Dominance All Season Long?

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David Ortiz: Can He Maintain His Dominance All Season Long?
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The play of the Red Sox through the first 15 games of 2012 has fans covering their eyes. At 4-10, Boston is already 4.5 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees and has the look of a last-place team.

In spite of all that, David Ortiz is off to the best start of his career. The lone bright spot of Boston’s season, Big Papi is leading the American League in batting average (.436) to go along with 12 RBIs and 10 extra-base hits.

And Ortiz can maintain his hot start all the way until the end of 2012—regardless of whether his team can rebound from its disastrous start.

Initially, it seemed like a stretch that a 36-year-old who's spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter can have a monster year—especially when the rest of his team is underperforming. But there are several indicators that suggest Ortiz’s start is not a hot streak but rather a harbinger.

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