BALTIMORE -- David Ortiz has had some pretty good weeks in his time, but it has been more than four years since he had one judged worthy enough to be the American League’s Player of the Week.
Finally, however, the Red Sox designated hitter did something deserving of the watch the league gives the POTW winners, hitting his 499th and 500th home runs Saturday night in Tropicana Field.
That in itself should have separated him from the pack, but Ortiz led the majors with a 1.111 slugging percentage last week, amassing 20 total bases in five games (three home runs), batting .444, posting a .545 on-base percentage and driving in nine runs.
This was the sixth time Ortiz has won Player of the Week, but his first since the week of May 30-June 5, 2011. Among those he beat out was teammate Mookie Betts, who posted a .429/.467/.679/1.146 slash line while extending his hitting streak to 18 games.
The winner, by the way, truly is given a watch. Ortiz can add it to his vast collection of bling.