Magglio Ordonez running for mayor in coastal Venezuelan city

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

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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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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