Magglio Ordonez

Magglio Ordonez

January 28, 1974
215 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-29-1997 with CHA
Allstar Selections:
2000 SS, 2002 SS, 2007 SS

Biographical Information

Magglio Ordonez is a good-hitting veteran who had his best major league season in 2007, winning the American League batting title.

In the minors for six years (1992-97) he hit over .300 only once, in 1997, although he typically showed some moderate power. He was left unprotected by the Chicago White Sox after the 1996 season, and could have been selected by any team in the 1996 Rule V Draft. He was not, and soon became a star in Chicago.

He broke in during the 1997 season, became a regular in 1998, and was a key player on the division-winning 2000 team. After injuries in 2004, he signed as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers, thus missing the championship season of the 2005 Chicago White Sox, but playing on the 2006 Detroit Tigers team that went to the World Series.

Through 2005, none of the most similar players to Ordonez (according to the similarity scores method, and through age 31) are in the Hall of Fame, but they are a prominent group, including Wally Berger, Fred Lynn, Dave Parker, and Tony Oliva. His play in 2006 was consistent with his previous career, and the same four players remain high on the list of most similar players to Ordonez. After his excellent 2007 season, the similarity scores method now shows a couple Hall of Famers on his list, but they are not in the top four most similar players.

In 2001-03 his Adjusted OPS+ was between 135-152 each year. He has dropped off during 2004-06, with Adjusted OPS+ scores in the 110-113 range, due at least partly to injuries. In 2007, he recovered, with the best Adjusted OPS+ score in his career.

On August 12, 2007, Ordóñez hit two home runs in a 8-run second inning against Dallas Braden. He joined Al Kaline as the only members of the Detroit Tigers to hit two homers in a single frame.

  • Ordonez holds the record for most hits in a season without hitting a triple. In 2007, he collected 216 hits - not one of which went for three bases.

Notable Achievements

  • 1997 MVP American Association Nashville Sounds
  • 1998 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 6-time AL All-Star (1999-2001, 2003, 2006 & 2007)
  • 3-time AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2000, 2002 & 2007)
  • AL Batting Average Leader (2007)
  • AL Doubles Leader (2007)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 8 (1999-2003 & 2006-2008)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1999-2002)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 7 (1999-2002 & 2006-2008)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1999, 2000, 2002 & 2007)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (2007)
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