It’s official: No Red Sox player will use the number 34 again.
In a ceremony prior to Friday’s game against the Angels, the Patirrojos withdrew that number, which for 14 seasons belonged to the Dominican slugger David Ortiz.
Ortiz became the 11th player whose number is retired by the Red Sox, including Jackie Robinson’s 42nd, who is retired by all Major League clubs. Of those 11, Ortiz is the fastest seen number retired after playing his last game in the club uniform about eight months ago.
In 14 regular-season campaigns after joining the Boston Novena in 2003, Ortiz hit .290 and was called up to 10 All-Star Games. The Dominican ranks second in the franchise in home runs (483) and towed (1,530).
Ortiz, who helped the Red Sox win their first three World Series since 1918, is especially remembered for his postseason feats as he was named the MVP of the Classic of Fall of 2013 and the Championship Series Of the American League in 2004.