Right Field – Magglio Ordonez – Actually a pretty easy pick even though there have been many good right fielders that have played against Minnesota. Here are just a few of them, Reggie Jackson, Dwight Evans, Al Kaline, Jermaine Dye, Jay Buhner, Ichiro Suzuki, Paul O’Neill, Tim Salmon, Danny Tartabull and of course Manny Ramirez just to name a few. These guys bring back some memories don’t they? Many of them bad ones.
Ordonez played in the bigs for all or parts of 15 seasons splitting his time with the White Sox (8 years) and Tigers (7 years) before retiring after the 2011 season. In 2007 while playing for the Detroit Tigers, Ordonez hit a league leading 54 doubles and his .363 average was the best in the league earning him runner-up (to A-Rod) in the AL MVP voting. Magglio Ordonez was a six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger award winner.
Ordonez played 181 games against Minnesota and hit .326 with an OPS of .919 in 746 PA’s. Throw in his 44 doubles, 36 home runs and 136 RBI and you have one tough hombre.
Our previous selections for the Twins all-opponent team
Catcher – Ivan Rodriguez
First Baseman – Paul Konerko
Second Baseman – Lou Whitaker
Third Baseman – Wade Boggs
Shortstop – Cal Ripken
Left Field – Jim Rice
Center Field – Fred Lynn