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Is this it for Magglio Ordonez?

Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 5:58 pm
Is this the end of the line for Magglio Ordonez?

Ordonez, who turned 38 last month, told Deportes Union Radio in his native Venezuela Wednesday that he hopes to play one more season in the major leagues. But Ordonez also admitted that the free-agent market hasn't yet provided him with an opportunity, and said that he's not interested in a minor-league contract with only an invitation to major-league spring training.

"A few teams have been interested, including Oakland, but there's been nothing concrete," Ordonez said. "The market has been tough for me, but I'm working towards continuing my career."

Ordonez drove in just 32 runs in 92 games last year for the Tigers, after signing a one-year, $10 million contract. He had trouble coming back from a broken right ankle suffered in 2010, and then refractured the same ankle during the American League Championship Series against the Rangers.

Earlier last October, Ordonez said that he had nearly retired last year -- "I almost hung it up," he said -- because of the difficulty of coming back from the first ankle injury.

Ordonez has 294 career home runs and 1,236 RBI in 14-plus big-league seasons. He made six All-Star teams, and won the American League batting crown in 2007. His .363 batting average that year was the highest by a Tiger since Charlie Gehringer in 1937.

According to, Ordonez has made more than $133 million in his career, and people who know him say he has also done very well in business in Venezuela. But while money may not be an issue to him, his pride is. If he never gets anything more than an offer of a minor-league contract (and that's very possible), Ordonez could well retire.

Category: MLB

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:16 pm

Is this it for Magglio Ordonez?

I love Magglio Ordonez, the guy who posted right below me, not so much.

Never will be able to thank Maggs enough for making Huston Street my closer of all-time.

(Nice post polish guy, send Maggs my love next time he stops by for b.p.)

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:27 pm

Is this it for Magglio Ordonez?

Seeing Rolen, M. Ordonez, M. Tejada, E. Renteria, M. Ramirez, I. Rodriguez, B. Abreu and Helton retire would be nice.Their careers are over.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:47 pm

Is this it for Magglio Ordonez?

Someone will pick him up eventually. Proven clutch power hitters are not a dime a dozen any more. He'll fit a need for some team.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:21 pm

Is this it for Magglio Ordonez?

I have Magglios 15 year old son on my high school baseball team and as a dad he is always around with his kids and is a great guy!  He deserves a contarct based on his work ethic and moral standards which not a lot of Major Leaguers now a days posess!  I just spoke to him yesterday and he is very adament about continuing his career but only at the level he knows he can perform at!  I think when all is said and done your gonna see Magglio in pinstripes with the Bronx Bombers come Spring Training.  Go get em Maggs!!!  You deserve it!!!!

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:14 am

Is this it for Magglio Ordonez?

Every year, and sometimes more than once per year, when Maggs shows some sign of being injured, the nits have come out with their "he's done" routine.  But he's not, and he won't be this time, either.  He's one of the classiest players in baseball, and one lucky team will almost certainly pick him up as a DH with an incentive-laden contract.  You heard it here first.  I'd like to see him on the Dodgers, but LA has too many outfielders and plays in the league of REAL baseball without the DH-rule.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:40 pm

Is this it for Magglio Ordonez?

hope maggs gets an opportunity somewhere.
looked real good last september (.419), after struggling all season.
but at 38, doubt any teams want to risk a roster spot or guaranteed $$.
he should accept ANY minor-league offer with a spring-training invite (regardless of $$)
and prove he can still mash.  if things go bad, he can still retire with pride.
we'll always remember how good he was.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:38 pm

Is this it for Magglio Ordonez?

It is ashame but personally, it is time for Ordonez to retire, because coming back from one broken ankle is tough, but coming back the second time will be all the more harder, and the fact the same ankle has been refractutred means it will be harder for Magglio to feel comfortable playing fully without any discomfort or risk damaging his ankle further

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