Thursday, May 07, 2009


Magglio Ordonez's struggles continued the other night as he saw his batting average drop to .232 and his OBP fall to .315. He's slugging .293.

This is pretty much uncharted territory for Maggs. His numbers have not been this poor this late into a season since mid-July 2005. That was Ordonez's first year in Detroit, following his knee injury woes in Chicago. He finished the year .302/.359/.436 in 343 PAs.

But in 2005, Maggs missed time on the DL for hernia surgery and by mid-July had only played 14 games. So, it was essentially his April. The last time he saw his OBP this low this late in a full season was 2001. quoted manager Jim Leyland as saying, "He's struggling. He's got some other things on his mind." Leyland declined to elaborate.

Ordonez's worst big league season came in 1998 -- his first full campaign -- when he batted .282/.326/.415 (all career lows).

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