MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SKECHERS (NYSE:SKX) expands its roster of sports stars representing the brand by announcing that ten-time All-Star Dominican-American baseball slugger David Ortiz—known by fans around the world as “Big Papi”—will be lacing up in SKECHERS Men’s footwear for a multi-platform global marketing campaign set to launch this Fall.
“Twenty seasons in the majors took its toll on my body and especially my feet,” said David Ortiz. “While I knew I’d miss things about the game, I’m definitely able to enjoy my retirement in comfort thanks to my new partnership with SKECHERS. Toward the end of my career it felt like I was playing on two stubs, but now these SKECHERS have me feeling like I’m walking on the clouds!”
“We’re thrilled to have Big Papi joining Team SKECHERS and bringing with him the personality, heart and passion loved by baseball fans everywhere,” added Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “David represents a perfect fit for our athletic and casual Men’s footwear collections. The respect he garners will be a home run for SKECHERS. And with a fanbase beyond the United States, especially across the Americas, he’ll help us build awareness around the globe.”
Known primarily for his roles as a designated hitter and first baseman for 14 seasons in Boston, David Ortiz joined the pros in 1992 and previously played for Seattle and Minnesota. In Boston, he played for the team that broke the curse in 2004 and won the World Series two more times—in 2007 plus 2013 when he was also named series MVP. Ortiz is one of the most powerful sluggers in baseball history—a seven-time Silver Slugger winner who holds Boston’s single-season home run record of 54 set in 2006. He ended his career with 541 home runs (17th all-time), 1,768 RBIs (22nd all-time) and a .286 batting average. Ortiz remains the all-time leader as designated hitter for home runs, RBIs and hits.
Since retiring, he’s been focused on his charity—the David Ortiz Children’s Fund—which is committed to helping children in New England and the Dominican Republic who do not have access to the critical pediatric services they need. Ortiz will share insight from his life and career with the world when his anticipated memoir Papi: My Story releases in hardcover on May 16.
Along with boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and football legends Joe Montana and Howie Long, who all appear in current SKECHERS footwear campaigns, SKECHERS has a long history working with athletes to represent its Men’s collection. Our extended roster of sports icons includes Pete Rose, Mariano Rivera, Ozzie Smith, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Namath, Ronnie Lott, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Fox, and Wayne Gretzky.
In recent years, the range of SKECHERS men’s footwear has expanded to include a wide array of trend-right casual and sport styles, and innovations such as SKECHERS Air-Cooled Memory Foam for long-lasting comfort. Styles from the SKECHERS men’s collection are available in SKECHERS retail stores as well as department stores and footwear retailers around the globe.
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 160 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 2,055 SKECHERS Company-owned and third-party-owned retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia and the Middle East, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, throughout Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit skechers.com and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).
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