The book on ... David Ortiz

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

What a major-league scout says: "This just shows you how tough a game baseball is to a scout. If someone asked me the best two GMs of my era I'd say John Schuerholz and Pat Gillick ... and Minnesota's Terry Ryan could be on their heels in a few more years.

"But Ryan made a terrible mistake with this guy. He was earning under $1 million and eligible for salary arbitration when they released him in '02. Could you imagine Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Ortiz. He has developed into the game's best clutch hitter.

"I've read that stuff that there isn't any such thing as a clutch hitter ... Well, l saw a chart last time I was in Boston, this big dude has 15 walk-off hits nine of them homers -- in three seasons.

"He may be the greatest clutch hitter, but if I had a vote, I'd vote Derek Jeter because of his all-around game."

TEAM AB AVG. HRS RBIS

Red Sox 537 .286 52 132

Sun Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5


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