Tiger Great Magglio Ordóñez Set to Retire

Detroit Tigers veteran outfielder Magglio Ordóñez will announce his retirement during a special pregame ceremony Sunday at Comerica Park.

Ordóñez played the final seven seasons of his 15-year major league career with the Tigers and will forever be remembered for his walk-off, three-run home run in Game 4 of the 2006 American League Championship Series.

The favored Tigers would go on to lose the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games.

Ordóñez batted .312 with 186 doubles, 107 home runs and 533 RBIs in 847 games with Detroit.

He was named to the American League All-Star squad in both 2006 and 2007, won an AL Silver Slugger Award in 2007 and batted .363 in 2007 to win the AL batting title, becoming the first Tigers player to do so since Norm Cash in 1961.

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Fans would be seen wearing curly wigs matching the hair style Ordóñez sported during his Tigers career.

As a member of the Chicago White Sox from 1997-2004, Ordóñez was an All-Star four times and won two AL Slugger Awards.

Ordóñez left the White Sox on bad terms with former teammate, fellow Venezuelan and then manager Ozzie Guíllen who sparred verbally with Ordóñez in the press upon his departure.

Both seemed to have moved on from the rivalry.

He is one of the greatest Venezuelan-born players in the history of baseball, ranking second with a .309 career batting average and 294 home runs. He ranks third among his countrymen with 1,236 RBIs, fourth with 426 doubles and sixth with 2,156 hits.

Based on reporting by NewsCore. Read more here.

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