Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, a native of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, began and ended his 21-year career with the Texas Rangers. He began catching for the Rangers as a 19 year old rookie in 1991. From 1991 to 2002 he helped the Rangers win three AL West division titles (1996, 1998 & 1999). He joined the club again for a season in 2009 before eventually retiring as a Ranger in 2012. He played 1,507 games with the Rangers and is second in club history in hits (1,747), doubles (352), and multi-hit games (490). He ranks third in at-bats (5,754), triples (28) and homers (217). He's fourth in games (1,507), runs (866), RBI (842), total bases (2,806) and extra base hits (597). Rodriguez won 10 of his 13 Gold Glove Awards and made 10 of 13 All-Star Game appearances wearing a Rangers uniform. In 1999 Rodriguez was named the American League's MVP when he hit 35 homeruns, 113 RBIs and had a batting average of .332. Also known for his strong arm behind the plate, Pudge threw out 46% of runners who attempted to steal on him during his career. In 2013 Rodriguez became the 16th member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. He currently works for the Texas Rangers as an instructor, ambassador as well as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. Rodriguez was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriquez

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