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Ivan Rodriguez      

Former Catcher for the Texas Rangers; National Baseball Hall of Famer, World Series Champion & 14-Time MLB All-Star

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez has become known as one of the greatest catchers to ever play in the Major League. Nicknamed "Pudge" because of his stock stature early in his career, Rodriguez made his Major League debut in 1991 and was the youngest player in the leage that year.

Being a fan-favorite and community hero in both the cities in which he plays and his hometown in Puerto Rico has allowed Rodriguez to shine not only as a player but as a philanthropist. In 1993 Rodriguez founded the Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Foundation to benefit underprivileged families and children with cancer and other life threatening disease in both the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez is 14-time All-Star selection, 13-time Gold Glove award winner and a seven-time Silver Slugger winner. He has played in the World Series twice, winning once with the Florida Marlins in 2003 and playing with the Tigers in 2006. He was named to the All-Tournament Team in 2009 where he represented Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Rodriguez has also been honored for his generosity and community work. He was named the 1998 and 2001 True Value Robert Clemente Man of the Year and the 2001 Jim Sundberg Community achievement Award winner.

In 2017, his first year of eligibility, he was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.That same year the Rangers retired his jersey.


Texas Rangers add Ivan Rodriguez as special assistant, instructor ...

SURPRISE, Ariz. - The Rangers announced Thursday that former catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who retired as a Ranger last April, is officially joining the team as a ...

Ivan Rodriguez elected to Texas Rangers Hall of Fame ...

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, a superstar catcher for the Rangers for more than a decade, was elected to the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday.

Ivan Rodriguez: 'Texas gave me the opportunity; this is a very ...

Catcher Pudge Rodriguez, an 11-time All-Star during 13 seasons with the Rangers, expects to feel goose bumps when he is inducted into the club's Hall of  ...

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