Magglio Ordonez to Announce Retirement on Sunday
Former Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordonez has officially decided to call it quits.
On Sunday, Ordonez, 38, plans to announce his retirement before the Tigers-Yankees game at Comerica Park and Detroit will honor him in a special pregame ceremony.
The Detroit Free Press reports that radio announcer Dan Dickerson will emcee the ceremony, which will begin on the field at approximately 12:40pm.
Ordonez, a career .309 hitter with 2,156 hits, 294 home runs and 1236 RBIs, will forever be remembered for catapulting the Tigers into the 2006 World Series with a ALCS-winning three-run homer against the Oakland A’s.
Over the course of his 15 years in the MLB, Ordonez was a six-time All Star, four times with the White Sox (1999-2001, 2003) and two with the Tigers (2006-07). He also won three Silver Slugger Awards, in 2000 and 2002 with the White Sox and in 2007 with Detroit.
After spending 8 seasons with the White Sox (1997-2004), the Venezuela native signed an $85 million contract for five years with the Tigers prior to the 2005 season.
Ordonez’s 2011 season ended in the ALCS against the Texas Rangers when he suffered a broken right ankle, the second time he had suffered the injury in as many years.
He played in 92 games for the Tigers last season hitting a career-low .255 with five homers and 32 RBIs.
In honor Magglio Ordonez’ career and retirement, watch his 2006 ALCS winning homerun in the video below: