LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There is no stopping
Ortiz secured 60 of the 81 first-place votes cast by beat
writers, broadcasters and American League public relations
departments. Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians finished
second and Oakland's Frank Thomas third.
Ortiz appeared in 138 games as a DH, batting .282 while leading
all qualifiers with 47 home runs and 123 RBI. He also posted a
.612 slugging percentage with 317 total bases and 26 doubles as
a DH. Overall, Ortiz hit .287 with 54 homers -- a franchise
record -- and 137 RBI.
The award has been presented annually since 1973.