Big Papi Elected to HOF; Bonds, Clemens, Schilling Left out

Big Papi is bound for Cooperstown — and on the first ballot, too.

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Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz celebrates his election to the baseball hall of fame with his father Leo Ortiz, left, MLB Hall of Fame Pedro Martinez, center, and Fernando Cuzza, right, moments after receiving the news in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo / Manolito Jimenez)
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David Ortiz gazed at his phone, his pursed lips revealing nerves rarely seen from one of the game’s great clutch hitters. Pedro Martinez’s hand rested on Ortiz’s shoulder, and Martinez grinned when the good news came through. The former teammates embraced, and Martinez welcomed Ortiz into a rare space in baseball history. Big Papi is bound for Cooperstown — and on the first ballot, too. Ortiz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in…

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