Magglio Ordonez “almost hung it up” after terrible first half

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Magglio Ordonez told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that he considered retiring around midseason after hitting .217 in the first half while struggling through soreness in his surgically repaired ankle.

“I almost hung it up,” Ordonez said. “When I was playing, I didn’t enjoy the game and I play with my heart.”

Ordonez also plays with his bat and he didn’t exactly thrive in the second half, hitting .292 with two homers and a measly .362 slugging percentage. However, he hit very well in September and is now playing every day in the playoffs thanks to Brennan Boesch’s thumb injury.

Ordonez compared himself to a car, saying “when you have a flat tire it’s hard for it to run” but “now the tire has a lot of air in it.” He earned $10 million this season while missing 70 games and hitting just .255 with a .634 OPS, but Ordonez is batting sixth tonight against the Yankees after going 3-for-3 in Game 2.