Fantasy Baseball Hitter Magglio Ordonez
Fantasy baseball player profile - Magglio Ordonez.
Magglio Ordonez has returned to form after a 2004 injury which many people felt would end his days as an elite player. Magglio Ordonez is back to All-Star form and is one of the best contact hitters in the game today. In 2007, he has posted a whopping .369 batting average and is challenging for the batting title.
Ordonez spent his first 8 years with the Chicago White Sox and was a major component on the 2003 World Series Champion. The injury in 2004 clouded the remainder of his time with the White Sox. Another factor clouding Magglio's time in Chicago was his relationship with manager Ozzie Guillen. The two have made mutually disparaging remarks in the press about one another.
It shouldn't be a mark against Ordonez's character that he had a falling out with Guillen. Guillen is the most abrasive figure in Major League Baseball, having numerous run-ins with players, umpires and opposing coaches. It should also be noted that the mutual animosity seems to have abated after Guillen chose Magglio Ordonez as a replacement for Manny Ramirez in the 2006 All-Star Game.
The rift probably sped Magglio Ordonez' defection from the White Sox in free agency. He signed a $75,000,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers in 2005. This was the largest contract the Tigers had ever signed at the time. Since 2005, Ordonez has been a major part of the Tigers ball club, leading a Tigers renaissance which saw them make the World Series last year. Unfortunately, the Tigers lost to the underdog Cardinals, tainting an otherwise magical year for Detroit fans.
Magglio Ordonez Scouting Report
Ordonez has great bat control, spreading the ball around the field. His ability to go opposite field on right-handed hitters makes Ordonez a threat to pitchers on both sides of the mound. He also shows solid command of the strike zone, so pitchers won't be able to capitalize on many mistakes.
Magglio is an average fielder in right field, but few owners really care about defensive stats in fantasy baseball. Ordonez has a .309 lifetime batting average and averages around 24 HRs and RBIs per year, slightly more if you factor out his rookie stats and the year he was injured (2004). In 2007, he is posting that .369 average with 13 homers and 70 RBIs, on pace to be his best statistical year. Players who drafted Magglio Ordonez probably got him cheap for those kind of numbers.
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Posted July 7, 2007.