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Ortiz's video thanks Mass. General Hospital doctors and nurses for their coronavirus efforts

Ortiz's video thanks Mass. General Hospital doctors and nurses for their coronavirus efforts

With a national and global focus on medical personnel helping to care for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Red Sox legend David Ortiz added his thanks to the work of the staff at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Big Papi posted a video to YouTube on Friday in which he expressed his gratitude to the nurses and doctors at MGH. 

Here's a portion of what he had to say in the minute-long video (watch below): "I just want to take this moment to say thank you to every single nurse and doctor at MGH. We all are cheering for you and we all know how much you guys are sacrificing to help people out in this incredible epidemic time...God bless you all. We're cheering for you from everywhere in this country because we know how great you guys are. Especially me, I know how wonderful you guys are at Mass. General Hospital."

MGH tweeted its thanks to Ortiz for the message:

Ortiz, 43, can speak first-hand to the level of care at MGH. He was a patient there this summer when he was flown to the hospital from his native Dominican Republic after he was wounded in a shooting in the D.R. on June 9. He spent 48 days at MGH, where he underwent multiple surgeries. 

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

The Red Sox have employed all manner of center fielders throughout their history.

Whereas left field has generally been home to run producers and right to all-around threats, the men in the middle have covered a wide range of styles. There are straight speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury, defensive dynamos like Jackie Bradley Jr., fun-loving eccentric types like Johnny Damon, underappreciated standouts like Ellis Burks, and even plodding sluggers like Tony Armas.

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Only in recent years have the Red Sox consistently prioritized defense in the role, from Coco Crisp to Ellsbury to Bradley.

But that doesn't mean they haven't featured some talented players there, including a turn-of-century Hall of Famer, the younger brother of baseball royalty, and the one who fans over 50 still lament got away.

Click here for the Top 5 center fielders in Red Sox history.

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

There was once a time when a list of baseball's top 100 players would've been dominated by men in their 30s or even 40s. In 2004, for instance, the NL MVP was 39-year-old Barry Bonds and the Cy Young went to 41-year-old Roger Clemens. It was the seventh respective award for each.

We now can be almost certain that neither accomplishment was achieved without help, but if any good came from that era, it's that it forced baseball to address its PED problem, which means that a top 100 list now looks very different.

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Our list will reflect that shift. What it won't include are three pitchers guaranteed not to play in 2020 because of Tommy John surgery — Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and of course Chris Sale of the Red Sox.

Over the next four weeks, NBC Sports Boston will unveil its top 100 players, 25 at a time, and the list is dominated by youth. Never have young players been so essential to winning, whether it's 20-year-old Juan Soto helping lead the Nationals to last fall's shocking World Series title, or 23-year-old Cody Bellinger being named NL MVP.

Click here for Part 1: Players ranked 100th to 76th on our list.