Magglio Ordonez, a six-time Major League Baseball All-Star with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, will run for mayor of a Venezuelan oil town in the socialist party of the late President Hugo Chavez.
“We invite our major leaguer, Magglio Ordonez, to hit a grand slam in Puerto La Cruz,” Chavez’s successor, President Nicolas Maduro, announced on state television yesterday.
Ordonez, a 39-year-old former outfielder, hit 294 home runs during 15 seasons with the White Sox and Tigers, and won the American League’s batting title with Detroit in 2007. He moved to Puerto La Cruz in his native Venezuela after retiring in 2011.
Ordonez, who earned an estimated $133 million over his professional career, according to baseball-reference.com, supported Chavez’s “21st Century Socialism.” In 2009, he told Venezuelans in political ads that “the best of the revolution is yet to come.”
Rangers’ Lewis done for season
Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right hip, ending his chances of pitching this season for Texas.
Lewis says he has been dealing with hip pain during his comeback from surgery last year to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.