2011 Red Sox Community Projections: David Ortiz Surprises Everyone

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 27: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox waits to take batting practice before the start of the Red Sox game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 27, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Remember how nice having some semblance of the old David Ortiz back for 2010 was? It was a pleasant surprise in an otherwise disappointing year, and seemed like it would help us ease into the end of David Ortiz' career compared to the rather jarring drops of 2008 and 2009. No, we didn't expect that Ortiz would continue to be the old Ortiz. Maybe he had another 2008 in store for us? Solid production, but not spectacular.

Yeah, to hell with that.

David Ortiz' 2011 was the real deal. Maybe it wasn't quite as ridiculous as 2005-2007, but this was near-prime Papi hitting balls all over the park with some regularity. Forget about ending his career, now the DH is looking at a multi-year contract!

It was fun to watch, but not exactly easy to predict, as you'll see:

Ortiz has already been removed from the Sox widget list, so check the first line for the actual figures.

Username PA RBI HR AVG OBP SLG
David Ortiz 605 96 29 .309 .398 .554
RSNexile 640 105 30 .265 .365 .510
Theartolater 525 87 22 .255 .355 .490
Gizmosandy 530 93 23 .248 .330 .459
Brogshan 637 108 32 .265 .365 .517
OzTiger 465 66 17 .247 .326 .484
Witt-K 560 115 35 .245 .365 .550
Rogue Nine 585 86 28 .274 .368 .510
BoldandBrash 588 101 29 .265 .360 .505
Mattsullivan 535 91 34 .267 .374 .522
TheonlyJagsfaninSD 563 104 39 .297 .334 .515
Zachary Kolodin 611 85 28 .255 .360 .482
ThePanda 510 95 25 .260 .365 .500
Kraken613 590 90 24 .261 .345 .480
Flasoxfan 530 87 23 .271 .367 .512
Redsox15 512 92 27 .264 .359 .501
Sean O 495 87 27 .257 .362 .489
Magicbosox 500 87 24 .260 .345 .460
Tarrsk 560 88 28 .256 .355 .498
Alfredo 620 111 37 .278 .381 .556
Jason A 560 91 30 .262 .365 .510
Remembering9ergods 550 98 30 .267 .368 .523
Westcoastredsox 520 106 29 .260 .351 .520
Nuthinboutnuthin 566 104 30 .271 .369 .519
BobZupcic 594 92 29 .261 .359 .497
NJ Native 600 105 32 .282 .370 .525
Justin_Bobo 505 81 22 .275 .381 .482
GerryT 589 102 34 .275 .377 .524
Marcus v 593 120 32 .291 .380 .567
AlohaSox 575 98 35 .275 .380 .515
Steve Boyle 640 100 27 .255 .361 .477
Dustin's #1 Fan 560 102 26 .267 .345 .478
Pedro Werneck 550 81 26 .255 .355 .498
SteadyEddy87 520 82 24 .248 .315 .415
Ben Buchanan 580 94 30 .265 .355 .512
mmmmm 580 100 31 .265 .374 .510
Totheights 602 84 27 .272 .380 .550
Sologub 550 100 33 .249 .340 .540
Old Fan 470 65 18 .240 .320 .440
Andyfeeney 378 65 16 .219 .287 .398
Tdloisio 550 102 31 .268 .372 .504
Robertsstolesecond 575 105 27 .273 .387 .512
Birdhouse 548 87 27 .268 .356 .489
Royredd87 560 36 114 .282 .370 .535
Dsharp 518 95 24 .267 .358 .507
Travben85 555 98 30 .265 .371 .511
Schulz 575 110 28 .263 .357 .502
Lord Duggan 560 95 26 .260 .345 .490
Pi1166 440 87 24 .265 .355 .496
Boomtown87 541 109 31 .272 .339 .577
Marisa Ingemi 560 98 31 .267 .346 .500
QW 609 112 34 .279 .386 .531
Ganset 627 72 29 .245 .330 .515
Push 606 107 29 .265 .360 .550
Kgtruth345 591 113 33 .281 .399 .547
Drabidea 580 105 32 .264 .372 .520
HeyYoCraig 574 96 26 .266 .356 .500
Maineac 525 91 24 .249 .291 .490
Bheebs 575 120 40 .300 .362 .699
Buccaz 454 64 18 .264 .348 .489
Jgonzales19 650 115 40 .295 .413 .601

 

While you all were pretty accurate with Ortiz' homer numbers, what he did in the rest of the game was pretty far removed from expectations. That's a total of five near-misses in all the rate stats, only one coming from OBP and average as almost everyone shot terribly low.

Our winner for this round is pretty easy to select, as Push not only was one of the five, but was close on PA and hit dead-on with his 29 homers. Congratulations, Push, you win nothing at all!

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