David Ortiz, the legendary former Boston Red Sox slugger, has been shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic’s capital, in what some reports say was an attempted robbery.
Dominican-American Ortiz, nicknamed Big Papi, was shot in the back during an “incident” at a club in Santo Domingo, according to reports citing the local police spokesperson. Other sources indicate Ortiz was shot in the leg. He has been taken to hospital, though his exact condition remains unknown.
Ortiz retired from Major League Baseball in 2016 after playing 20 seasons. Having started with Minnesota Twins, he found fame after signing with the Red Sox in 2003. With 485 home runs, 1,569 runs batted in and 2,192 hits, Ortiz is considered one of the best hitters in baseball history.