Former Minnesota Twins player David Ortiz shot

Former Minnesota Twins player David Oritz reportedly shot while at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

According to Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, David Ortiz was shot in the leg and or back and rushed to the hospital but his condition is unknown at this time.


Ortiz played for the Minnesota Twins for six years from 1997-2002 and was released after a lackluster career with the team. Ortiz became famous after he had a chance encounter with Pedro Martinez while home in The Dominican Republic. Martinez told the Red Sox front office of his interest in Ortiz and ultimately resulted in Ortiz joining the Red Sox.

While with the Red Sox  Oritz posted a  0.956 OPS, and 52.7 WAR. Ortiz was also a 10-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger and 2013 World Series MVP.  In total, Ortiz was a key player in three World Series wins for the Boston Redsox.

For the Twins part, the handling of Ortiz while with the team was one of, if not the single greatest blunders the team has had. Ortiz noted that the Twins were trying to develop him as more a slap, high average hitter. While with the Red Sox, Ortiz became one of the most fearsome sluggers in the league.

No details as to the cause of the incident that led up to the shooting but one individual has been apprehended at this time.