Magglio Ordonez officially retires

Magglio Ordonez, a career .309 hitter over 15 major league seasons with the White Sox and Tigers, officially retired Sunday in a ceremony before Detroit's game with the Yankees.

The festivities included a video tribute and an on-field ceremony for Ordonez, who played for the Tigers from 2005-11 after spending eight seasons with the White Sox.

Dan Dickerson, the Tigers radio broadcaster, served as emcee and said Ordonez "represented a huge part of the baseball renaissance that has taken place here in Detroit."

"His clutch hitting, solid defense, combined with a quiet workmanlike attitude -- and you have to mention the hair, the hair -- quickly endeared him to Tigers fans who were just dying for a winner here in Detroit," said Dickerson.

He mentioned Ordonez's signature moment in a Detroit uniform, the walk-off three-run homer that won Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS against Oakland and sent the Tigers to the World Series for the first time since 1984.

A replay of the homer showed during the video tribute and Ordonez walked onto the Comerica Park field shortly thereafter, clad in a suit and tie and wearing large black sunglasses.

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch helped unveil a painting showing Ordonez, with a fist raised in the air, starting his home run trot from his Game 4 walk-off.

Ordonez said it was an honor and a privilege to retire as a Tiger and thanked the organization and fans for their support.

"They are the greatest fans in the world," he said. "I won't ever forget this city."

Ordonez spent the first eight years of his career with the White Sox and hit .307 with 187 homers and 703 RBI. He signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Tigers prior to the 2005 season.

The six-time All Star was hampered by a sports hernia injury in 2005, but responded by hitting .298 with 24 homers and 104 RBI in 2006.

The Venezuelan-born outfielder batted .363 in 2007 to win the AL batting title -- the first Tiger to do so since Norm Cash in 1961.

Ordonez, 38, finished his career with 2,156 hits, 294 homers and 1,236 RBI.