Well it appears to be official.
After spending the last six months without a team, free agent and former Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez will announce his retirement Sunday afternoon during a ceremony at Comerica Park prior to the game between the Tigers and the New York Yankees.
It has been speculated for quite some time that the six-time All-Star would be hanging up his cleats since he could not reach an agreement with the team where he had played the final seven seasons of his 15-year major league career.
Motor City baseball fans will forever remember the mullet-clad slugger for belting one of the most memorable home runs in the franchise’s 112-year history. A walk-off, three-run shot off Oakland’s Huston Street in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on October 14, 2006 at Comerica Park.
Ordonez hit .312 with 107 home runs and 533 RBIs in seven seasons for the Tigers, and won the American League batting title in 2007 with a .363 average to become the first Tigers player to win a batting title since Norm Cash won one in 1961.
Tigers’ fans of the pre-contender era will surely miss him.