Magglio Ordonez to retire on Sunday
Former Tigers and White Sox slugger Magglio Ordonez will officially announce his retirement at Comerica Park in Detroit on Sunday, shortly before the Tigers host the Yankees for the finale of a three-game weekend set.
Ordonez, who began his career in Chicago in 1997, spent the final seven of his 15 Major League seasons with the Tigers. For his career, “Maggs” was a .309 hitter with 294 home runs, 1,236 RBI, and six-All Star appearances. He also won the American League batting title in 2007, hitting .363 in a season that also saw him record 216 hits, smash a league-high 54 doubles, and drive in 139 runs – all career highs.
The 38-year-old Venezuelan hit .255 with five home runs in 92 games for the Tigers in 2011, but suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the American League Championship series. He had hoped to play in 2012, but could not find a team.
He will forever be remembered in Detroit for something that happened in the postseason five years prior, as his walk-off homer in Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS sent the Tigers to their first World Series appearance in more than two decades.
Ordonez will also be honored in an on-field ceremony before the first pitch of Sunday’s game. The festivities will mark the second time that the Yankees have been involved in retirement ceremonies for a now-former Major Leaguer this season; on April 23, Ivan Rodriguez announced his retirement prior to the beginning of a three-game set between the Yankees and Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
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