Time for Tigers, Ordonez to Split

Time for Tigers, Ordonez to Split

It's time to say good-bye to Magglio Ordoñez.

Thank him for the memories that won't soon be forgotten. Praise him as one of the classier athletes to grace this town. But it's painfully obvious that Maggs no longer can handle the demands of being a reliable regular contributor on a team in a playoff race it can't afford to lose.

It's time for burying the sentimentality and moving forward.

The Tigers should have released Ordoñez on Monday after acquiring outfielder Delmon Young from the Twins. But the Tigers couldn't bring themselves to that final parting. Instead, they took the only other available route -- rendering Ordoñez a part-time player for the remainder of the season.

But how is a designated run producer who has produced 11 extra-base hits in 268 at-bats even deserving a place on the bench now that every game grows in importance? Ordoñez is still on this team because of reputation rather than results. He's hitting .228 with four home runs and 23 RBIs.

"Hopefully, Magglio can contribute against some left-handers," manager Jim Leyland said after Monday night's 9-6 loss to Minnesota. "I've spoken with him about it. His playing time is going to be cut down, and I just want him to think about it."

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