Today in White Sox History: February 7

Man of action: Ordoñez’s stellar White Sox career came to a crashing end after mystery medical procedures and a war of words. (McFarlane)

After one of the more acrimonious disputes in team history, four-time All-Star Magglio Ordoñez signed a free agent deal with Detroit. Ordoñez engaged Sox management in a war of words over how he was treated, the contract offered to him and his health status. Magglio’s agent, Scott Boras, refused to turn over medical information, which infuriated GM Ken Williams and basically sealed Ordoñez’s fate. Considering the severity of his knee injury, which required a secret trip to Austria for experimental surgery, it was hard to blame the White Sox for their stance. Ordoñez played with the team for six full seasons and parts of two others, with 187 home runs and 702 RBIs.


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Mark Liptak is originally from Chicago and has been a White Sox fan since 1960. He and his wife Zoe reside in Pocatello, Idaho where he is the radio voice as part of Idaho State athletics in volleyball, football, women's basketball and softball.

Mark went to the University of Kentucky. He’s been in the sports media profession since 1978 having worked in television sports in three markets between 1978 and 1994. He’s also written for numerous newspapers in addition to his radio duties.

Liptak has covered a Super Bowl, two Kentucky Derby’s, an NCAA woman’s basketball Final Four and worked for CBS-TV during their coverage of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament’s opening rounds held in Boise in 2001.

He is also a Chicago White Sox historian who has written for various web sites over the past 17 years including the Chicago Baseball Museum and Chicago Now / Sox Net, a series of blogs and websites associated with the Chicago Tribune.

He and Zoe have been married for 30 years. Their son, Mason, and his family live in Longview, Texas.

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Right Size Wrong Shape
3 months ago

Eerily similar to the Burks discussion from a few weeks ago. Had one monster year with the Tigers, but everything else was bad to okay.