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Magglio Ordonez Elected Mayor of Venezuelan City

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 03: Former Detroit Tiger player Magglio Ordonez talks speaks to the fans and players on his retirement celebration prior to the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 3, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2013

Former Major League Baseball All-Star Magglio Ordonez is trying his hand in politics, recently being elected as mayor of Sotillo, Venezuela, according to CBSSports.com's Mike Singer.

Ordonez, 39, starred as an outfielder for the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers during his 15-year professional career. He retired in 2012 and has clearly wasted little time gaining influence and making an impact in his native Venezuela.    

Ordonez was announced among the many winners of Sunday's 335 nationwide elections.

The city of Sotillo is located in eastern Venezuela and boasts a population of roughly 250,000 people.

According to The Los Angeles Times' Chuck Schilken, Ordonez is a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and a key supporter of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Schilken adds that Maduro has been known to reach out to celebrity candidates in an effort to gain public support and please the people who are upset with his controversial economic policies. 

DETROIT, MI - MAY 04: Magglio Ordonez #30 of the Detroit Tigers hits a third inning home run while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on May 4, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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It remains to be seen what sort of impact Ordonez will have on Sotillo or the rest of the country in his new role. But it's almost certain that his prolific baseball career has given him a leg up on the opposition. 

Ordonez, who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, made his MLB debut in 1997 with the White Sox. After eight seasons in Chicago, Ordonez signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent in 2005 and remained with the team through the 2011 season.

Prior to announcing his retirement in June 2012, Ordonez earned six All-Star nods and three Silver Slugger Awards. He also won the American League batting title in 2007, hitting a career-best .363.   

 

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