Ortiz, nicknamed "Big Papi," was the only eligible candidate to receive at least 75% of votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
In 2004, he played a large role in Boston securing its first World Series title since 1918, a run that included coming back from a 3-0 deficit against divisional rival New York Yankees to win the American League Championship Series. His résumé with the Red Sox includes being a 10-time All Star and a three-time World Series champion, along with earning World Series MVP honors in 2013.
Several figures in the sports world congratulated him for earning the call to Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility.
Cooperstown is calling! pic.twitter.com/de1K5bHxlZ— Red Sox (@RedSox) January 25, 2022
Congratulations on a wonderful career and being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, David Ortiz! pic.twitter.com/R4HAmb5pIm— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) January 25, 2022
Congratulations Big Papi! Welcome to Cooperstown! It's an honor to have been your teammate and to be your brother! I'm so proud of you!— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) January 26, 2022
Felicidades Big Papi! Bienvenido a Cooperstown! Es un honor haber sido tu compañero de equipo y ser tu hermano. Felicidades compa! Que orgullo! pic.twitter.com/KrbD0IZrRR
Every year the conversation revolves around who didn't get in. Like all star voting, who got cheated. I say it every year and especially this year, focus on who did get in. @davidortiz deserved a 1st ballot induction! Congratulations my friend you earned it! #bigpapiHoF— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) January 25, 2022
This year's announcement also came with its share of controversy, as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were shut out from making the Hall of Fame. They were both in their 10th year of eligibility, which is the final year for Baseball Writers' Association of America balloting.
You can't tell the story of baseball without David Ortiz. Congrats to him. But if he can get into the HOF on the first try with a positive test on his resume then how in gods name does Bonds and Clemens not get in? The system is now officially broken in my eyes.— Alex Wood (@Awood45) January 25, 2022
Smh....🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/6ZSyhiGjfj— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 25, 2022
Stop this.— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 25, 2022
Put Barry Bonds in the Hall..
What's the reasoning in why Barry Bonds isn't in the HOF? Really need it broken down to me— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) January 25, 2022
🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/9kj29ZlFBu— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 26, 2022
Baseball didn't lose today, the great fans did. Not having Generational players like Clemens and Bonds in Cooperstown is a joke.— Rob Dibble (@robdibble49) January 25, 2022
I went to a camp in San Francisco as a child and took swings in front of Barry Bonds. He said I kind of had an uppercut like him. If that's not HoF-worthy I don't know what is.— Ty Kelly (@tykelly11) January 26, 2022
Clemens acknowledged the support he received following the announcement.
Thank y'all for the great responses! Much appreciated. Not sure if I did the thread right 🤦♂️ so here's a screenshot pic.twitter.com/oSGIniv1Bm— Roger Clemens (@rogerclemens) January 25, 2022