Magglio Ordonez running for mayor in coastal Venezuelan city

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Magglio Ordonez is looking to make a splash in Venezuelan politics.
Magglio Ordonez is looking to make a splash in Venezuelan politics. (USATSI)

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Former Tigers and White Sox All-Star outfielder Magglio Ordonez is running for mayor of Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela on the ticket of the socialist party -- the same party from which polarizing late president Hugo Chavez hailed.

“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 (via detroitnews.com).

Puerto La Cruz is located on the northern coast of Venezuela, on the Caribbean Sea. It has a population of over 450,000 residents, so it's no small town.

Ordonez, 39, made over $130 million in his 15-year big-league career. He was a six-time All-Star, four times for the White Sox and twice with Detroit.

Ordonez was a known supporter of Chavez for years and was even booed by Venezuelan fans while playing for the country in the 2009 World Baseball Classic in Miami.

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