Former Tigers and White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordonez is expected to announce his retirement prior to Sunday’s game between the Tigers and the New York Yankees. Ordonez had a prolific career in the majors, finishing with a .309 career average, 294 home runs and 1,236 runs batted in.
With Ordonez calling it quits, let’s take a look at some of the numbers he put up over the course of his career.
Chicago White Sox (1997-2004)
The White Sox signed Ordonez as an amateur free agent in 1991. He made his major league debut on August 29, 1997 in a 5-4 White Sox win over the Houston Astros, going two for three. He finished the 1997 season with a .319 average, four home runs and 11 runs batted in over 21 games. He became a full-time player in 1998, appearing in 145 games and finishing with a .282 average, 14 home runs and 65 runs batted in, placing him fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year race.
In 1999, Ordonez hit .30 and had 30 home runs for the White Sox. He was named to the All-Star team for the first time in his career. It began a five year run through 2003 where Ordonez hit at least .301 with 29 home runs and 99 runs batted in while playing a minimum of 153 games. He was also named to four All-Star games and won a pair of Silver Slugger awards.
Ordonez was on the disabled list twice during his final year in Chicago. He underwent a pair of knee surgeries after colliding with Willie Harris on a pop-up hit by Cleveland’s Omar Vizquel on May 19, 2004. He played in only 52 games, hitting .292 with nine home runs and 37 runs batted in. After the season, Ordonez became a free agent.
Detroit Tigers (2005-2011)
Ordonez signed a five year, $85 million deal with division rival Detroit on February 7, 2005. He was placed on the disabled list in the opening week of the season with a strained abdominal muscle, later diagnosed as a hernia. Surgery prompted a two month recovery and Ordonez missed three months of the season. In 82 games, he posted a .302 average, eight home runs and 46 runs batted in.
Ordonez led the American League in 2007 with a .363 average and 54 doubles while hitting 28 home runs and driving in 139. He claimed his third Silver Slugger award and finished second to the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez in the AL MVP voting. After hitting 21 home runs and driving in 103 in 2008, Ordonez hit 26 home runs and drove in 141 in 307 games over the past three seasons.
Ordonez’s career came to an end on the field on October 8, 2011 when he fractured his ankle in a playoff game against the Texas Rangers. The Tigers declined to offer him a contract after the season and with no teams interested, Ordonez decided to retire.
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