If you’re going to retire, you might as well do it on a day you’re being honored at the ballpark. Magglio Ordonez will officially hang up his cleats Sunday, which happens to be Magglio Ordonez Day at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Ordonez, who signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox in 1991, finishes with 2,156 hits during his 15-year big league career. He is a lifetime .309 hitter with 294 home runs and 1,236 RBI.
A six-time all-star, Ordonez finds himself mixed with some unique history. He retires with an 18-game hitting streak in place. It’s the longest streak at the end of a career since Ed Delhanty had a 16-game streak in the late 1903, according to SABR.
Screen shot note: 1) Ordonez’s first hit on Aug. 27, 1997 as a member of the White Sox and 2) Ordonez’s three-run home run on Oct. 14, 2006, which allowed the Tigers to sweep the Athletics in the ALCS.
-Chris R. Vaccaro