On air today, Merloni was saying Ortiz > Yaz as a Sox.
Well Lou forgot a few things:
In Yaz's 12 prime years ('63-'74 inclusive) he was a OPS+ 145 hitter playing 151 games per season with a +153 runs saved on D. Yaz also held the all time SB record for the Sox - he wasn't great but he was a lot better than the plow horse Ortiz.
Ortiz in his 11.5 years here has a 147 OPS+, playing less than 140 games per seasons, with negative runs saved on D, and negative value as a base runner.
Yaz had more WS (72.8 in his prime 11.5 years here) compared to Ortiz (43.5 as a Sox (actually let's call that a beat down shall we?). Yaz had a higher WS percentage compared to his teams in these years which is due to two things. Yaz played on worse teams and he was a much better player than Ortiz.
Yaz played in a much worse hitters era than Ortiz, so his raw numbers don't look as great as Ortiz's. Yaz played until he was as old as dirt, so that hurts his rate numbers by comparison. I doubt we see Ortiz playing at age 43.
Don't forget Yaz was one of the 2-3 best defensive LF'ers of the past 75 years, Ortiz was a fair 1B in his prime, but was basically a DH. Ortiz doesn't even run out grounders. He also has the curse of that word around him as well.
Yaz also topped Ortiz in the post season:
True it was in less PA's, but they didn't have playoffs during most of Yaz's career back then.
Can't see any way that Ortiz is even close besides power and rings which in baseball is very much a team stat. Red Sox "Nation" doesn't even exist if not for Yaz's '67 (a 12.4 rWAR season that dwarfs Ortiz's best mark of 6.4). Even Ted Williams best was only a 10.9, and Rice's '78 was a 7.5. Yaz also tossed in a 10.5 in '68, and a 9.5 in '70 (all 1st in the AL BTW).
Yaz won 3 batting titles, 5 #1st in OBP, 4 #1 OPS, TB twice, 1st runs scored 3 times, triple crown, MVP, 7 GG's, JAWS #4 LF of all time.
Ortiz has little to toss against that: OBP 1st once, TB once, 5 times top 5 MVP is probably his best number. Still, no dice.
Yaz > Ortiz.