Red Sox's David Ortiz Becomes 53rd Player with 1,500 Career RBI

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Red Sox's David Ortiz Becomes 53rd Player with 1,500 Career RBI
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On Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz became the 53rd MLB player to attain 1,500 career RBI, per a tweet from ESPN Boston.

Ortiz hit a three-run homer over the right-field fence in the top of the first inning off Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey, giving the 38-year-old DH 1,501 RBI for his career.

Speaking Sunday, Ortiz proclaimed he was, "about to get hotter than Jamaica in August," and he apparently meant it. The home run was his 24th on the season and fourth over the span of three games. He knocked in eight RBI in those three games from Monday to Wednesday and is now up to 72 this season, ranking fifth in the majors.

Ortiz has 397 home runs as a member of the Red Sox, which puts him in third place on the franchise list behind Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski (452) and Ted Williams (521).

Having also hit 58 homers while playing for the Minnesota Twins from 1997 to 2002, Ortiz's 455 career home runs are tied for 35th place on MLB's all-time list alongside Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, who is also still active and working his way toward 500 career long balls.

As for RBI, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (1,509) is right above Ortiz on the all-time list, right below Carlos Delgado (1,512) in 51st place. By the end of the season, Ortiz should be in the top 50 on the RBI list, as he only needs to best the 1,518 compiled by former second baseman Jeff Kent.

However, the slugging Dominican may need to wait a few days to pad his total after dealing with mid-back spasms during a hitless performance Thursday against the Jays, per The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber.

Stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted.

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