Ortiz is, of course, very deserving and has been by far the best player Boston has had the entire year. The 36-year-old just continues to be one of the best players in the game with a .302 average to complement his 21 home runs and 54 RBI.
Ben Buchanan really does a nice job of summing up Ortiz and his season at Over The Monster:
While being a true DH is something of a negative in these days of roster flexibility and versatility, when a player makes an art out of it the way David Ortiz has throughout most of his career, it deserves recognition. After a few down years, Ortiz is not only back now, but better than ever. With a career-low strikeout rate, Ortiz has been punishing the ball all season long. His homers are as remarkable in volume (21) as in ferocity, and with 24 doubles added in (putting him second behind Ian Kinsler in the American League), he's truly been a monster at the plate.
It's been a very down year for some Red Sox stars, so nobody can really complain about anyone getting snubbed.
At least Ortiz is carrying the Red Sox flag as a starter, and a top-notch one at that.