May 30, 2012
Magglio Ordonez Set to Retire
So far this season, we've seen Ivan Rodriguez throwing out the first "pitch" in Texas, Pat Burrell get celebrated in Philadelphia and, most recently, that emotion end to Kerry Wood's career in Chicago.
Next in line...Magglio Ordonez.
The six-time All-Star will make his return to Comerica Park Sunday and announce his retirement before the Detroit Tigers lose to the New York Yankees.
Okay, okay, the "lose" comment might be a little harsh, but the next sentiment isn't.
Ordonez is one of those players, like Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu, that could prompt a pretty good watercooler discussion of whether or not they would get your Hall of Fame vote.
In eight of his 15 seasons, Ordonez had 20 or more home runs...seven seasons with 100 or more RBI (he actually knocked in 99 in 2003), is even more impressive when you consider he really only played ten full seasons. Nagging injuries took their toll for a good chunk of dude's career.
But it isn't the MVP-caliber seasons (I'm looking your way 2002 and 2007) that impress me the most about the rightfielder, it's his place among his countrymen. Of the 274 Venezuelan-born baseball players, Ordonez ranks second with a .309 career batting average and 294 home runs. He ranks third with 1236 RBIs, fourth with 426 doubles and sixth with 2156 hits.
Not too shabby.
And last time I checked, being in the company of Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio, Bobby Abreu, Andres Galarraga, Dave Concepcion, Omar Vizquel and Miguel Cabrera isn't a terrible place to be.