Red Sox's David Ortiz Becomes 3rd Player in Franchise History with 400 Home Runs

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffAugust 17, 2014

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates his two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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With his first of two home runs in Saturday's 10-7 win over the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz became the third player in franchise history to hit 400 home runs in a Red Sox uniform, per MLB Milestones.

Ortiz joins Boston legends Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452), who both played their entire careers with the Red Sox.

Following his second home run in Saturday's game, Ortiz finds himself just 51 homers shy of Yastrzemski on the all-time franchise list. The 38-year-old DH could perhaps make a run at Yaz late in the 2015 season, but he'd likely need to play into 2016 to surpass the Hall of Famer.

Though Ortiz is still going strong in his 17th major league campaign, he's highly unlikely to hit 120 more homers—the number he would need in order to match Williams for first place on the franchise list.

However, Ortiz has a shot to pass Williams on the non-franchise-specific home runs list, as Big Papi hit 58 long balls for the Minnesota Twins from 1997 to 2002. With 459 career homers between both teams, Papi is just 41 short of 500 and 62 short of Williams, who currently sits in a three-way tie with Frank Thomas and Willie McCovey for 18th place on the all-time list.

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who entered Sunday's action with 515 career homers, will likely pass Williams and Co. for sole possession of 18th place before the end of this season.

As for Ortiz, the aging slugger hasn't quite matched his performance from recent seasons, but his .250/.343/.500 batting line is still excellent by the standards of most players. He ranks fourth in the American League with 28 homers and has a league-leading 91 RBI.

Per MLB Stat of the Day, Ortiz's 45 career multi-homer games are good for 20th in major league historyjust one shy of the 46 compiled by both Mickey Mantle and Harmon Killebrew.