Ordonez to buy stake in Venezuelan Winter League team

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Veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez is waiting by the phone, hoping a team will call and allow him to continue his major league playing career. But if nobody makes an offer, he has a backup plan.

According to Robert Downs of the Detroit Free Press, Ordonez is “poised to purchase shares” in the Caribes de Anzoátegui, a top winter league organization in the 38-year-old’s native Venezuela.

But Ordonez must wait until he officially files retirement paperwork before taking an active role in the club. Via the Free Press:

“Being the active player I am, I can’t assume any type of position in the Venezuelan league, not as an owner and not as a manager,” Ordoñez said in a recent interview. “But in the future I think so.”

Caribes owner Rafael Gruszka has offered Ordoñez shares of the club, but when he will retire remains to be seen.

Ordonez batted .255/.303/.331 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 92 games last season for Detroit.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: