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Will David Ortiz Hit Career Home Run Number 500 in 2015?

Just nine shy of 500 career home runs with 48 games left to play, David Ortiz has an opportunity to become the 27th player in Major League Baseball history to reach that mark before the season ends. With little to play for other than pride, this may be the only thing left for the Red Sox to champion in 2015. Having reached the required number of plate appearances this season to guarantee his return in a Boston uniform in 2016, chances are excellent that number 500 will come with the Red Sox. So how likely will it happen this year?

In franchise history, only one player, Ted Williams, has hit at least 500 home runs in a Boston uniform. Jimmie Foxx and Manny Ramirez are the only other two players to hit number 500 with the club. “Big Papi” has 433 home runs with the Red Sox, second most in team history; he hit his other 58 with the Twins over his first six seasons in baseball. Whether he can hit another 67 home runs with the Red Sox, thereby finishing with 500  in a Boston uniform, is another story for another day.

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    Featured Player - Koji Uehara

    Born: 3 April 1975 in Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
    College: Osaka Taiiku University (JP)
    Signed in 2009 by the Baltimore Orioles

    Fun Fact: The Japanese-born Uehara pitched with the Yomiuri Giants for 10 seasons in the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He was twice honored with the Eiji Sawamure Award as the top starting pitcher in NPB. Former teammates include Hideki Matsui, Hideki Okajima, Gabe Kapler, and John Wasdin. ...more on Koji Uehara.

    Other Red Sox players: Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz

    Red Sox Legend - Carl Yastrzemski

    Years with Boston: 1961-1983
    Position: Left Field

    Fun Fact: When Yastrzemski retired following the 1983 season, he finished with 3,308 games played for Boston, the most appearances by a player in a Red Sox uniform. He also finished with 13,991 plate appearances, also a Red Sox record. ...more on Carl Yastrzemski.

    Other Red Sox legends: Dom DiMaggio, Jim Rice, Joe Cronin

    This Week in Red Sox History

    30 November 1926 - Former skipper Bill Carrigan comes out of retirement at the request of Boston ownership to once again manage the Red Sox. However, after three seasons of futility, Carrigan retires for good in December 1929.

    1 December 1953 - Boston trades pitcher Maury McDermott and outfielder Tom Umphlett to Washington in exchange for right fielder Jackie Jensen.

    1 December 1961 - Rookie pitcher Don Schwall wins Rookie of the Year honors after the Red Sox hurler goes 15-7 on a team that finishes ten games under .500.

    2 December 1963 - Boston drafts 18-year-old shortstop and future outfielder Reggie Smith from Minnesota.

    2 December 2011 - Bobby Valetine is named the 45th manager in Red Sox history. He elects to wear number 25 in honor of the late Tony Coligniaro.

    3 December 2007 - Former manager Dick Williams is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Williams, who led the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox team of 1967 to the World Series, is one of only two skippers to lead three different clubs to the Fall Classic, the others being the 1972 and 1973 Athletics and the 1984 Padres.

    3 December 2013 - John Lackey, after missing all of the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery, wins the 2013 Tony Conigliaro Award after one of his best seasons in his 11-year career, which includes winning the clinching game of the 2013 World Series for the Red Sox.

    4 December 2003 - Boston hires Terry Francona, owner of a .440 winning percentage as a major league baseball manager, to become the new skipper for the Red Sox.

    6 December 1982 - With the emergence of Wade Boggs at third base, Boston sends 1981 American League batting champion Carney Lansford and two others to Oakland for outfielder Tony Armas and catcher Jeff Newman.

    Fenway Park Feature - Monster Seats

    Fun Fact: The first player to hit a home run into the Monster Seats was former outfielder Manny Ramirez, who hit a solo shot on an 0-2 count off Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Steve Parris on 16 April 2003. ...more on the Monster Seats.

    Other Fenway Park features: Retired Numbers, Pesky Pole, The Lone Red Seat