Ivan Rodriguez To Retire

Ivan Rodriguez will announce his retirement, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports (on Twitter). The announcement will take place with the Rangers on Monday, the team he started his career with.

Uspw_5393274Rodriguez, 40, spent last season with the Nationals, hitting .218/.281/.323 with two homers in 137 plate appearances. That does not do his Hall of Fame caliber career justice, however. Pudge is a .296/.334/.464 career hitter with 2,844 career hits and 311 homers. He's a 14-time All-Star, a 13-time Gold Glove award winner, a seven-time Silver Slugger award winner, and the 1999 AL MVP. He finished in the top ten of the MVP voting three other times.

During his peak from 1998-2004, Rodriguez hit .322/.363/.538 with 162 homers. He played in 878 of 1,134 possible games, roughly 125 per season. Among catchers, Pudge ranks first all-time in hits (2,844), first in doubles (572), seventh in homers (311), fifth in RBI (1,332), and third in WAR (74.1). Thirteen of his 21 big league seasons were spent with the Rangers, but he also played for the Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, Astros, and Nats. Pudge helped Florida to the 2003 World Series title.

Rodriguez earned over $120MM during his career according to Baseball-Reference.com. His $8.5MM annual salary from 1999-2002 was the second highest annual salary for catcher in baseball history at the time. He was the highest paid catcher in baseball during the 2006 and 2007 seasons at $10MM each year.

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Tyler Evans
3 years 2 months ago

he’s so close to 3000 though

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

That’s why he wanted to play. It’s not his decision that he’s retiring. It’s that no one wants him.

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owlssc
3 years 2 months ago

 It doesn’t seem that that is the case with Magglio Ordonez, JD Drew, Vladimir Guerrero, or Hideki Matsui.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

Not close enough…  he’s only got enough left in the tank to play as a backup, 1-2 games a week catcher, and it would probably take 3+ years for him to get to 3,000 at that rate.

I do kind of wish he would retire as a Ranger though

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johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Same with Bill Buckner.. All these guys who got close just tried to hang on, but couldn’t get to that magic 3k number and all but Damon finally retired rather than embarrass themselves by begging.

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Lastings
3 years 2 months ago

If the Long Island Ducks take him, will his stats carry over so he can reach the elusive 3,000 club? Maybe they will make an exception for him…

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EdinsonPickle
3 years 2 months ago

That’ll do, Pudge. That’ll do.

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chico65
3 years 2 months ago

MLB just isn’t the same without a pudge in it. Who’s the next catcher to assume the famed nickname?

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inleylandwetrust
3 years 2 months ago

Too bad Bengie is retired. He was the heir apparent. Jose fits the bill too though

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Snoochies8
3 years 2 months ago

derrick norris might be able to take over the nickname, not sure yet

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chico65
3 years 2 months ago

A bit early maybe but promising

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Snoochies8
3 years 2 months ago

well, not in terms of production, but in terms of build

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chico65
3 years 2 months ago

I was thinking maybe Wieters if he fills out some more. Would keep the offensive aspect alive. Physically, definitely Jose since Benji retired, good call.

Member
3 years 2 months ago

Time to move Pablo Sandoval back.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

NO PUDGE :( at least he retired as a nat.

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S_r0d
3 years 2 months ago

He is retiring a Ranger

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

Pudge is retiring as a Ranger.

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Kurisu Rg
3 years 2 months ago

 One-day contracts in baseball?

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Snoochies8
3 years 2 months ago

pat burrell did it with the phillies

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Lastings
3 years 2 months ago

He hasn’t yet. That will be coming in May…

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seanb1223
3 years 2 months ago

Why wait until May? Coincidence?

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Guest
3 years 2 months ago

And well deserved

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HerbertAnchovy
3 years 2 months ago

Mike Cameron did it with Seattle, but no one really cared.

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Cosmo3
3 years 2 months ago

Thank you for the LOL

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Tko11
3 years 2 months ago

Marlins!