Some players stay, some don’t. It’s just the nature of the beast. Often times, it’s hard to say goodbye to players who have been playing for your favorite team when it comes time to do so. Some players who have left Detroit really burrowed themselves into the hearts of fans before leaving, whether they left via trade, free agency, or retirement. Here are the top ten most heartbreaking departures that Detroit has seen in the 2000’s.
10. Tigers right fielder Magglio Ordonez
Career stats in Detroit (2005-2011): 847 games, .312 average, 107 home runs, 533 RBIs
After years of terrorizing the Tigers in a Chicago White Sox jersey, Ordonez signed a five-year $75 million contract with Detroit in February of 2005. Magglio won a batting title with the Tigers in 2007, when he hit a career high .363 with 28 homers and 139 RBIs. After fracturing his ankle in April of 2010, Ordonez was never able to regain his touch. He fractured the ankle again during the 2011 ALCS, which led then-general manager Dave Dombrowski to let him hit the open market. He never signed with another team, and Ordonez officially retired on June 3, 2012.