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Magglio Ordonez Retirement: Former White Sox Outfielder Close To Calling It Quits

Former Chicago White Sox star Magglio Ordonez joined Twitter three hours ago, apparently to tell the world he is close to retiring from baseball.

I'll save you the trouble of typing "Spanish to English translator" into Google: this means "Near retirement!"

Ordonez spent the first eight seasons of his career on the South Side. He'll retire a Tiger after spending the final seven seasons of his career in Detroit.

Ordonez appeared in 92 games for the Tigers last season, making 329 plate appearances. The 38-year old quite obviously sees the writing on the wall.

Ordonez's White Sox career ended on May 19, 2004 when he collided with Willie Harris and damaged his knee. The injury required two surgeries. When the Scott Boras client hit free agency after 2004, Detroit paid Ordonez $75 million over five years and Chicago let their star outfielder go to a division rival. Of course it worked out OK for the Sox: the next season, they would win their first World Series since 1917.

Over at South Side Sox, larry [sic] has nice post commemorating Ordonez's tenure in Chicago.

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