Legendary Numbers: Pudge Retires

He is arguably one of the best defensive catchers in the history of baseball.  Now, the Texas Rangers along with the rest of the MLB will celebrate the outstanding career of all-star catcher Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez.

After signing a 1-day contract with Texas, Rodriguez retired as a member of the Rangers on April 23rd 2012.  The 14-time all-star threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Rangers game against the New York Yankees Only the pitch didn’t come from the mound, as it so often does.  Instead, Rodriguez took to his home behind the plate and tossed the ceremonial first pitch from home plate to second base.

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Although Rodriguez put up outstanding career numbers offensively for a catcher, there are some that believe he will have to wait for his name to be enshrined in Cooperstown.  The truth is nobody will really know until the voting takes place.  Whatever the case, it won’t be long before the nickname ‘Pudge’ hangs amongst the other familiar greats of the game.

Major League Baseball has lost yet another player who could one day be talked about as a legend of the game.  His numbers alone put him among the best in all of baseball.

Teams: ’91-’02 – Texas Rangers; ’03 – Florida Marlins; ’04-’08 – Detroit Tigers; ’08 – New York Yankees; ’09 – Houston Astros; ’09 – Texas Rangers; ’10-’11 – Washington Nationals

Stats: 2543 GP (44th all-time); 1354 R (96th all-time); 2844 H (43rd all-time); 572 2B (20th all-time); 51 3B; 311 HR (118th all-time); 1332 RBI (86th all-time); 513 BB; 127 SB; .296 AVG (166th all-time); .334 OBP; .464 SLG (192nd all-time)

Awards: Best Power Year: 35 HRs (’99 – TEX); Best Production Year: 113 RBIs (’99 – TEX)/.347 AVG (’00 – TEX); Rangers MVP: 1 (’95 – TEX); Rangers Rookie of the Year: 1 (’91 – TEX); World Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team: 1 (’09 – HOU/TEX); Silver Slugger: 7 (’94 – TEX, ’95 – TEX, ’96 – TEX, ’97 – TEX, ’98 – TEX, ’99 – TEX, ’04 – DET); Rawlings Gold Glove: 13 (’92 – TEX, ’93 – TEX, ’94 – TEX, ’95 – TEX, ’96 – TEX, ’97 – TEX, ’98 – TEX, ’99 – TEX, ’00 – TEX, ’01 – TEX, ’04 – DET, ’06 – DET, ’07 – DET); All-Star: 14 (’92 – TEX, ’93 – TEX, ’94 – TEX, ’95 – TEX, ’96 – TEX, ’97 – TEX, ’98 – TEX, ’99 – TEX, ’00 – TEX, ’01 – TEX, ’04 – DET, ’05 – DET, ’06 – DET, ’07 – DET); Home Run Derby Participant: 2 (’00 – TEX, ’05 – DET); MVP: 1 (’99 – TEX); NLCS MVP: 1 (’03 – FLA); World Series Championship: 1 (’03 – FLA)

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