(DETROIT) — Magglio Ordonez officially retired from baseball Sunday. The Detroit Tigers, the last team he played with, held a pre-game ceremony before their game versus the Yankees.
“Anyone who has ever been associated with Magglio in baseball, can say it was at treat Magglio, to watch you play,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said at the ceremony. “All we can say from us is thank you.”
Ordonez, 38, played 15 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. He finishes his career with a .309 average, 294 home runs and 1,236 RBIs. He joined the Tigers in 2005, and helped lead them to a World Series appearance in 2006. He also won the batting title for Detroit in 2007, hitting .363.
“I’m happy. I’m at peace,” Ordonez said at a news conference before the ceremony. “I think the way that I left the game was the right way. I went to the playoffs, I did good 15 years in the big leagues, playing at a good level. I’m really proud.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN