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Ivan Rodriguez Set to Retire on Monday

April 19th, 2012 at 6:59 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

Former All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez has announced he will retire on Monday. The announcement will come with the Texas Rangers, the team he started his career with and played 13 seasons for. 

Rodriguez, also known as "Pudge" or "I-Rod", played with seven teams throughout his 21 year career, including the Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Washington Nationals. 

The 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner spent last season with the Nationals and batted .218 with 19 RBI in 44 games. However, he holds a career batting average of .296 with 311 home runs and 1,332 RBI. 

Pudge was acquired by the Yankees prior to the trade deadline during the 2008 season, batting .219 with two home runs and three RBI in 33 games in pinstripes.

In addition to his 14 All-Star selections and 13 Gold Gloves, the 40 year-old Rodriguez also won an MVP award with Texas and a World Series with Florida. He is in the top ten all-time for hits, doubles, home runs, and runs batted in for catchers, making him a future lock for the Hall of Fame. 

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