David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox was voted the best designated hitter in Major League Baseball for the seventh time in his 17-year career.
MLB said in a release yesterday that Ortiz, who was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the World Series as the Red Sox won their third championship in 10 years, received all of the first-place votes cast for the 2013 award.
Ortiz, 38, also won the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in 2003-07 and 2011. The award is named for Martinez, the former Seattle Mariners designated hitter.
Ortiz’s seven awards are the most since its 1973 inception, with Martinez having won five in his 18 seasons.
Ortiz hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 runs batted in this season and led the Red Sox in batting average, home runs, RBIs, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases and extra-base hits.
Detroit’s Victor Martinez finished second in the 2013 voting with 52 second-place selections.
Orlando Cepeda (1973), Jim Rice (1977) and Don Baylor (1986) are the other Boston players who have won the award.