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Magglio Ordonez might want to continue playing

Oct 12, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

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When veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez fractured his right ankle last week for the second time in 14 months, many assumed that the 37-year-old would be forced to hang up his baseball cleats for good.

But that might not be the case.

According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Ordonez “is said to want to keep playing” and the “initial belief” is that the renewed ankle fracture will not force him to call it quits prematurely on his 15-year career.

Ordonez is set to become a free agent this winter, and finding legitimate suitors could be a challenge because of his age and recent injury history.

The Caracas, Venezuela native also batted just .255/.303/.331 with only five home runs and 32 RBI in 357 plate appearances this season while showing diminished range defensively. But maybe he’ll find a club desperate to add a “veteran presence.” Those type of teams still exist, right?

  1. motorcitykitty80 - Oct 12, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    I love Maggs… he is one of my all time favorite players in the history of the Tigers. My love for watching him play is what brought me back to baseball…

    So its only complete honesty when I say that no one wants a 38 yr old lame right fielder who can’t run, can’t hit for power any more, can’t play in the cold, can’t play in the rain and possibly will have a twice surgically repaired ankle. A surgically repaired ankle that took him till the all star break to “get right” the first time he had to rehab it. It’s never easier to rehab a second time.

    Love him to death, but darling, it’s time to hang it up and retire with pride and that Old English D on your chest… (Then again, I may be slightly bias. I don’t think I could handle watching him play in another uniform.)

    • henryd3rd - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:34 AM

      If David Ortiz leave via free agency I can see him as a viable DH for Boston. Ortiz couldn’t run or field; but he made his mark in Fenway as a DH

      • philliesblow - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:05 AM

        More likely to be a platoon DH for cheap in Tampa. The warm weather would be better for the ankle.

  2. jwbiii - Oct 13, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    When Ordonez was first called up to the White Sox in ’97, he lived in the same crappy apartment complex where one of my cousin’s sons lived. Hey Tigers fans: It was in Crestwood, IL, where Denny McLain grew up! I have enjoyed watching him play, but I think it’s over.

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