Note: This page is for 2000s major league pitcher Ramon Ortiz. For minor leaguers of the same name, click here.
Ramón Diogenes Ortiz Ortiz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
- High School 8th Intermedian
- Debut August 19, 1999
- Final Game June 2, 2013
- Born May 23, 1973 in Cotui, Sanchez Ramirez, D.R.
Ortiz pitched six seasons with the Anaheim Angels. He was part of the team's starting rotation during its World Series-winning season of 2002, when he went 15-9, 3.77 and started and won Game 3 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. He had the most wins of his career the following season, 2003, when he went 16-13 in 32 starts for the Angels, but his ERA rose to 5.20. he continued to struggle in his next few seasons, going 9-11, 5.36 for the Cincinnati Reds in 2005, and putting up a 5.57 ERA with a National League-leading 16 losses (against 11 wins) for the Washington Nationals in 2006.
The Orix Buffaloes signed Ortiz early in the 2008 season. He had a 4-7, 5.82 record for Orix in 2008. At the beginning of the 2009 season, he was on the roster of the Fresno Giants, and managed to make it back to the major leagues for a couple of stints, in 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2011 with the Chicago Cubs. He was 1-2 both of those years, being mainly used in long relief. After spending all of 2012 in the minor leagues, he was called up by the struggling Toronto Blue Jays in April of 2013, was sent down after only one relief appearance, and then came back again in May, when he made three starts and then moved to long relief. On June 2nd, he felt a sharp pain in his elbow as he threw a pitch against the San Diego Padres that day, crumbling in pain to the ground, his career seemingly over at age 40. He was 1-2, 6.04 in 25 1/3 innings for the Jays.
He is a cousin of Pedro Liriano
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (2002 & 2003)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (2001 & 2002)
- Won a World Series with the Anaheim Angels in 2002