Red Sox's David Ortiz Sets Franchise Record with 8th 30-HR, 100-RBI Season

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffSeptember 21, 2014

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz recently set a new franchise record with his eighth season with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI, per ESPN Stats & Info. Ortiz broke a tie with Red Sox legend Ted Williams, who had seven such seasons in his Hall of Fame career.

The man known as "Big Papi" hit his 33rd and 34th home runs of the season Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles, with No. 33 being a solo shot that put him at 100 RBI. No. 34 was a two-run homer in the 10th inning that boosted the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over their division rivals.

The 38-year-old DH continues to perform well in his 18th major league season, even as his team limps to the finish line.

Ortiz's 102 RBI are only one less than he had last year, and he's already exceeded 2013's home run total of 30.

Ortiz's pair of home runs gave him 465 for his career, matching Dave Winfield in a tie for 33rd place on MLB's all-time home runs list. The aging DH then went deep again during Saturday's game against the Orioles, taking sole possession of 33rd place with 466 home runs.

Meanwhile, Ortiz now has 1,533 RBI in his carer, sitting alone in 47th place on the all-time list.

As reported by MLB Network's broadcast Friday, only four Red Sox have ever had as many as five 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons with the team. In addition to Ortiz and Williams, Manny Ramirez posted six and Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx had five.

If you count his production with the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez had 12 such seasons, including nine in a row from 1998 to 2006.

Foxx incredibly had 12 consecutive 30-homer, 100-RBI campaigns from 1929 to 1940, with the first seven coming as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics.

All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted.

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