Magglio Ordonez Says He’s Close To Retiring

TUESDAY, 3:21pm: Ordonez told Ignacio Serrano from El Nacional in Venezuela that he hasn't retired just yet. "It's not official, I still haven't retired, but if in something doesn't appear in the next two weeks, I think that will be my final decision." In regard to accepting a minor league contract, Ordonez was clear: "With all respect to the players in the minor leagues, I've played for 15 years in the big leagues and I don't want to play there" (via MLBTR’s Nick Collias).

MONDAY, 7:11pm: Ordonez confirmed via e-mail that he wrote the tweet, reports's Jason Beck.

5:50pm: Magglio Ordonez may be close to ending his 15-year Major League career, tweeting a message of "Estoy muy serca de mi retiro!" (translated as "I am very close to my retirement") this afternoon.  The Tigers have confirmed that the Twitter account indeed belongs to Ordonez, reports Chris Iott of

Ordonez suffered a fractured ankle during the ALCS, his second such injury in as many seasons.  He had been cleared to resume baseball activities and had expressed interest in playing in 2012 but only on a Major League contract.  The Athletics showed some interest in Ordonez but instead signed another veteran bat in Manny Ramirez.  Ordonez, who turned 38 in January, hit .255/.303/.331 (all career lows) in 357 plate appearances for Detroit last season.

24 Responses to Magglio Ordonez Says He’s Close To Retiring Leave a Reply

  1. johnsilver 3 years ago

     Shame Boras couldn’t morph Ordonez bat and Drew’s arm into Tek’s body.. Then he could actually have sumfin worth having.

  2. Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

    Sorry hear that from Ordoñez…

  3. Wonder if he can play LF… Indians could be interested if he can.

    • iheartyourfart 3 years ago

      they already signed sizemore to not play left field.

      • To not play Center field. If they’re taking a good look at Vlad, they should be taking a look at Maggs.

  4. Shawn Baublitz 3 years ago


    I love the ego’s baseball players have

    • tiger313 3 years ago

      If you are referring to Mags having an ego, you are dead wrong. I agree baseball players think they are gods, but he isnt one of them. He is one of the most humble people to play the game.

    • RetroRob 3 years ago

      What’s the ego? That he’s confronting his athletic mortality?

      • Shawn Baublitz 3 years ago

        He won’t take a minor league deal and work his way onto the roster. 

        A lot of players on Minor League deals never play in the minors. If they don’t make the team they go looking elsewhere.

        • JacksTigers 3 years ago

           Wow. Why don’t you go troll somewhere else. You know nothing about Magglio Ordonez.

          • Shawn Baublitz 3 years ago

            Yes you know all. Because he played baseball on a team in your area for 81 games a year. You must be best friends 4 life

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

             I’m sorry, you know him personally? You know him better than me? Come back with an intelligent point, please.

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            By the way, there’s 162 games.

  5. BaseballBeisbol 3 years ago

    I’ll miss Mags…when he was on the South Side the ‘Oh wee oh wee oh…Magglio’ chant was always in full force when he was at the dish. Great player.

  6. Estoy muy Cerca de mi retiro. He rewrote it  later

  7. 0vercast 3 years ago

    He’ll always be able to hang his hat on his 2007 season.  That was amazing to watch him tear it up that year.

  8. Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

     close to retiring = nobody wants him

  9. JTT11 3 years ago

    Someone should come up with a league for older players.  Something like the Senior tour in golf.  There are alot of players that still want to play and im sure there are fans that would go out and see a seniors game.  I know that i went to a newark bears game a few years back to see Ricky.  To accomidate the older players the league could decrease the amount of games to something like 30 ish and have them play in minor league stadiums.  Also games could be played in the afternoon so the players could still make the early bird special and not miss re-runs of murder she wrote.  It would be a great opportunity for people to go out and see some of their favorite players in a more relaxed and more affordable atmosphere.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      There actually was one like… 25? 30? years ago and was fun to watch here in Florida.. Might have been more years ago than that? was fun to go to ST stadiums and watch the old geezers play though.


      ” watch the old geezers play though”

      I can say that now..because I am one 😉

      • Guest 3 years ago

        Oh, I totally remember that league now that you bring it up. Ron LeFlore, one of my favorite Tigers ever, played in it. I think that league must have happened in the late 1980s.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

           Yeah. Had to be like?? 45 or so age wise to play? Spaceman Lee was in it also. he was funny as ever when would talk to him.

          Can’t recall many others for Boston.. Maybe Dalton Jones. Thing Boomer Scott might have been a player coach, but he was Huge (as in belly) then.

  10. kräftig. entschieden 3 years ago

    Well, he’ll go out with a career .309/.369/.502 triple-slash. That’s pretty damn good.

    • CandyMaldonadoLand 3 years ago

       Agreed. If he wasn’t injured as much in the last few years, the numbers he could have compiled would have been even more impressive.

  11. I will miss the Mag Man, one of my favorite tigers, remember all the fun things they came up with about his hair a couple of years back?  

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