Magglio Ordonez wrote on Twitter some weeks ago that he planned to retire from the game of baseball. He's making that announcement official Sunday at Comerica Park with a special pregame ceremony.
The Tigers announced that radio play-by-play announcer Dan Dickerson will emcee the ceremony, slated for about 12:40 p.m. Ordonez and his family will participate.
Ordonez played for seven years in Detroit. He had a near-MVP season in 2007 when he batted .363. If Detroit had made the playoffs, he may have garnered more support from voters. His average that year earned him the AL batting title -- and was the first batting title won by a Tiger since Norm Cash in 1961.
However, Ordonez is obviously best known for his walkoff home run in Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS. He's also known for his hair, which inspired fans to wear wigs and set up a wonderful moment during a rain delay when Tigers closer Todd Jones donned a wig and recreated the walkoff home run.
Fans unfortunately did not have a chance to give Ordonez a proper sendoff in 2011 after he re-injured his ankle during the playoffs. Sunday should give them the opportunity to give him the ovation he deserves.