Check this out:David Ortiz batting line as a Twin:Games: 455At-Bats: 1,477Batting Average: .266Home Runs: 58RBI: 238Runs: 215SO%: 22.9BB%: 12.6David Ortiz batting line as a Boston Red Sock:Games: 858At-Bats: 3,201Batting Average: .294Home Runs: 231RBI: 735Runs: 600SO%: 20.2BB%: 16.9I know the sample size in Minnesota was way less, but 455 games is still big enough to prove my point. Not only did Ortiz manage to hit 28 points higher with Boston, he also strikes out less and walks more. The tag line of this piece says it all and unfortunately, I think we will someday learn that "Big Papi" was riding the same train as A-Rod, The Rocket and Bonds.
Just an update to that screen shot, next at bat: Ortiz triples... just the 14th of his career. Actually, come to think of it, how the hell has he even had 14 triples? I agree, he could have been on the juice, though not sure how that impacts plate discipline like walks. In any case, just give him some time to get his rhythm back... he started awfully last season and ended up alright before the wrist injury.