Former slugger Ordonez elected mayor in Venezuela

A year after retiring from baseball, former star Magglio Ordonez

has been elected as the mayor of a city in his native

Venezuela.

Ordonez’s victory in the city of Sotillo in eastern Venezuela

was announced by President Nicolas Maduro at a rally Sunday for

pro-government candidates who won the majority of 335 races

nationwide.

The socialist president has turned to celebrity candidates such

as the six-time All-Star to overcome rising anger with his handling

of the economy. Maduro prevailed in his first electoral test since

narrowly winning the presidency in April following the death of

Hugo Chavez.

Ordonez retired in 2012 with a career .309 average over 15

seasons with the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox. The

right fielder’s 294 homers are the second-most by a Venezuela-born

player, trailing only Andres Galarraga’s 399.