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Looking at the White Sox career of Magglio Ordonez

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Looking at the White Sox career of Magglio Ordonez

Retirement looks inevitable for Magglio Ordonez. It's easy to forget just how good Ordonez was during his nine seasons with the White Sox -- after all, following his ugly departure to Detroit, the Sox signed Jermaine Dye. And Dye went on to win the 2005 World Series MVP, cementing a place in White Sox lore Ordonez never reached.

But Ordonez is one of the best outfielders in team history. By Wins Above Replacement, the most successful White Sox outfielders are in this order: Minnie Minoso, Fielder Jones, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Johnny Mostil, Harold Baines, Chet Lemon, Ordonez, Jim Landis, Lance Johnson and Floyd Robinson.

Only one outfielder -- Baines -- hit more home runs than Ordonez while with the White Sox. Albert Belle and Jackson are the only two players with a better OPS, and Ordonez is only one of nine outfielders to play more than 1,000 games in a White Sox uniform.

The list goes on -- Ordonez is in the top 10 among White Sox outfielders in runs (4th), hits (5th), doubles (4th), RBIs (3rd) and walks (9th).

But that's just among fellow outfielders. Among all position players in team history, Ordonez ranks No. 19 in WAR. Only 26 players, including Ordonez, have appeared in more than 1,000 games with the team. He has the fifth-most home runs in Sox history, the 10th-most RBIs and the seventh-highest OPS among Sox players who've played more than 300 games for the club.

That's an impressive resume when you consider 1,615 players have put on a White Sox uniform in a regular-season game. While he didn't leave Chicago in a very pleasant way, Ordonez's tenure with the White Sox is certainly worth celebrating as he rides off into the sunset.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list