One of the greatest Venezuelan-born players in the history of baseball and the holder of arguably the greatest walk-off home runs in the annals of the Tigers' storied franchise, Magglio Ordonez will officially hang up his cleats on Sunday in a special ceremony set for pregame at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Fox News reported today that Ordonez will forgo any further thoughts of extending his career and instead walk away from the game as the second-ranking Venezuelan player of all time with a .309 career average. His 2,156 hits places him sixth among his native peers.
He also holds other high offensive marks among his countrymen, smashing 426 career doubles (fourth) and knocking in 1,236 RBI (third).
Ordonez brought a certain panache and swagger to his home in right field at Comerica Park and current Tigers fans probably can't remember anyone else out there but him. The next great to come to mind would have to be Kirk Gibson—that's good company to keep.
For the Detroit faithful the memories of Ordonez are many, here's a look at five of the most memorable during his time in the Tigers' stripes.