Former Tigers and White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordonez will be retiring on Sunday, during “Magglio Ordonez Day” at Comerica Park when the Tigers host the Yankees.
Ordonez has dealt with injuries over the last two seasons, playing in fewer than 100 games in each after injuring his ankle. He re-fractured the ankle in the playoffs this past year, and made the decision to call it quits. Ordonez split his career between AL Central rivals Chicago and Detroit, and was the runner-up for the AL MVP in 2007 when he lead the league with a .363 batting average for the Tigers. That 2007 season was by far the best of his career, totalling 8.1 fWAR. After leaving Chicago after the 2004 season, Ordonez’s power dropped significantly, as he never hit 30 homers in a season again after doing it for four straight years in Chicago.
Ordonez was also paid very well over his career, making over $133 million despite having just one superstar season. Aside from 2007, his Detroit career was largely a disappointment, with that 8.1 fWAR season having more value than all of his other seasons in Detroit combined. Ordonez was a member of the 2006 AL Champion Tigers, and hit .309 for his career.
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