David Ortiz

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Ortiz with his wife Tiffany in 2011, photo by Debby Wong/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: David Américo Ortiz Arias

Place of Birth: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Date of Birth: November 18, 1975

Ethnicity: African-Dominican Republic

David Ortiz, also known as Big Papi, is a Dominican-American professional baseball player. A designated hitter and first baseman, he played for the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is nicknamed “Big Papi.”

David was born and raised in Santo Domingo, the son of Ángela Rosa Arias and Enrique (Leo) Ortiz. He began playing baseball in the U.S. in the 1990s. He became a U.S. citizen in 2008. David is married to Tiffany, with whom he has three children. Among his children is musician Alex Veda, and D’Angelo, who plays college baseball.

8 Responses

  1. Malefactor says:

    He looks at least 75% black in terms of his heritage, but something about his face still looks Caribbean to me despite looking mostly black.

    Must be the Taino blood.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    By him being Dominican ,wouldn’t he take offense to being called Afro anything?

    • andrew says:

      It doent make much sense since nearly all Dominicans are part Afro, but he looks it more than average, or not?

      • bearboy says:

        I read 68% of Dominicans are at least partial Sub Saharan African descent which still means 32% don’t have any.

        • alicemedina says:

          It’s a lot more than that. The Cibaeños or Dominicans in the eastern regions are the “whiter” Dominicans and they usually all mostly have some degree of African blood even if it’s small as 8%. Dominicans are diverse still but they kinda exaggerate how “non mixed” a lot of them are.

      • alicemedina says:

        He’s from Santo Domingo aka the Capital region and he’s nothing out of the oridinary for that region. Lots of Capitaleños are more black looking than him with much darker skin and stronger features, especially in San Pedro de Macorís and in Samana, Eastern DR they even have non mixed Dominicans with DNA from a African-Americans and West Indian immigrants. You’ll find a lot of Dominicans in this region with non Hispanic surnames like Johnson, King, Williams, Matthew, Carty, Bell and Henry.

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