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Magglio wins mayoral election in Venezuela

Magglio wins mayoral election in Venezuela


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Magglio Ordonez won a batting title in 2007 playing alongside Sean Casey, who was nicknamed "The Mayor." Six years later, Ordonez is now a mayor himself.

A year and a half after announcing his retirement from baseball, the 39-year-old Ordonez was elected mayor of Sotillo, a city in the eastern part of Ordonez's home country of Venezuela. The mayoral race was one of 335 elections that took place across Venezuela on Sunday.

It's a quick transition for a former All-Star and batting champion who just hung up his spikes in the summer of 2012 after struggling to come back from a second broken ankle. Ordonez has long had business interests in his home country, but had never run for office.

However, Ordonez has long held an interest in politics and social matters, and has been connected with the ruling socialist government for several years. He was a longtime supporter of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and appeared in commercials for his last campaign, support that put him at odds with Venezuelan-Americans during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Ordonez ran for mayor under the support of new president Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Chavez before winning his election in April. The ruling party reportedly promoted several celebrity candidates in mayoral elections.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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