MLB: Former Tigers RF Magglio Ordonez to Run for Mayor in Venezuela

Former Detroit Tigers right fielder Magglio Ordonez is reportedly running for mayor in Puerto La Cruz, an oil town in Venezuela.

Aug 7 2013, 12:44am CDT | by

MLB: Former Tigers RF Magglio Ordonez to Run for Mayor in Venezuela
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Former Detroit Tigers right fielder Magglio Ordonez is running for mayor in Venezuela

According to the Detroit Free Press' Brian Manzullo, Ordonez is running for office in the oil town of Puerto La Cruz, citing a report from Bloomberg-Business Week. The town is around 186 miles east of his birthplace, Caracas

Ordonez will run under former president Hugo Chavez's socialist party. He supported Chavez's 21st Century Socialism and even told Venezuelans in 2009 that "the best of the revolution is the best to come," per the Detroit News' Anatoly Kurmanaev. 

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is all for Ordonez's candidacy. 

"We invite our major leaguer, Magglio Ordonez, to hit a grand slam in Puerto La Cruz."

Jose Grasso, former president of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, vouched for Ordonez's candidacy as he is loved by everyone.

"It's the dream of every Venezuelan. Ordonez is loved by everyone here, and as a retired player he has every right to run for any office and for any party."

The 39-year-old Ordonez earned over $130 million in his 15-year MLB career. As a six-time All-Star with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, he has a career .309 batting average with 294 home runs and 1,236 RBIs. 

Ordonez was part of the Tigers team that represented the American League in the 2006 World Series. He won the AL batting title in 2007 and eventually retired from MLB in 2011. 


 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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