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David Ortiz asks for privacy regarding divorce

04.29.13 at 5:47 am ET

Life for a professional baseball player isn’€™t always about batting average and home runs. This is something David Ortiz has been reminded of lately.

Amidst early-season success, Ortiz revealed Sunday he has been dealing with a personal issue: The 37-year-old and his wife of nine years, Tiffany, are filing for divorce.

It is a situation he wants the public to treat as a private matter, passing on the message that his personal life and what transpires at the ballpark should be viewed as unrelated matters.

‘€œI’€™m going to separate things,’€ Ortiz told WEEI.com and MLB.com. ‘€œWhatever is happening to me off the field is happening, but I try not to confuse that and bring that into my job. I know how to separate things. Personal life matters, and hopefully everybody respects that.’€

Along with his request for future privacy regarding the issue, Ortiz said he also hopes that the public understands all parties involved are focused on moving forward with no ill will.

The couple raised three children together — daughters Jessica and Alexandra, and son D’€™Angelo.

‘€œThere are some situations in life that work out for a period of time and at some point they don’€™t work out anymore and you have to move on,’€ said the designated hitter. ‘€œI’€™m moving on. She’€™s moving on. Hopefully everybody respects that.’€

Since returning from his Achilles tendon/heel injuries, Ortiz has offered superior on-field production. After going 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the Red Sox‘€™ 6-1 win over the Astros Sunday, he is hitting .516 with two home runs, 11 RBIs, and a 1.400 OPS.

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