He also played for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League during the offseason. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Rodríguez also had his first multi-home run game while playing the Boston Red Sox on July 13, hitting both off All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens. [25] In 2004, he was selected to the MLB All-Star Game for the 11th time in his career and for his 10th time as a starting player, joining Johnny Bench and Mike Piazza as the only Major League Baseball catchers to start an All-Star game 10 times or more in their career.

During his career, he had the best caught stealing percentage of any major league catcher, at 45.68% (versus a league average of 31%), and he had nine seasons with a caught stealing rate of 50% or higher.[2]. He was named on all of the ballots, getting seven first place votes and six second place votes.

He’s not afraid to throw his secondary pitches at any time, commands the ball well, and he does the little things: fields his position, holds runners. "[3] Rodríguez signed a contract with the Texas Rangers in July 1988, at the age of 16, and began his professional baseball career.

On April 16, 2007, he batted in 6 runs on the way to a 12–5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

“This kid’s calm, he’s got a lot of confidence,’’ Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Playing in the Florida State League in 1990, Rodríguez was selected the best catcher in the league and named to the All-Star team.

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But Ivan Rodriguez wasn’t the one throwing fastballs past the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, or catching them, for that matter.

Could it be a rights issue? [48], Following the 2009 season, Rodríguez filed for free agency, declining the Rangers' offer of salary arbitration.

Rodríguez's final year with the Texas Rangers came in 2002. [4], He learned baseball at an early age, his biggest rival being Juan González, whom he often played against in his youth.

Rodríguez represented Puerto Rico in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

After second-year starter Chris Stratton pitched six scoreless innings Friday, rookie lefty Andrew Suarez did him one better with seven innings of shutout ball Saturday. [11] He started many of the Rangers games at the end of the season, including 81 of the last 102.

With his customary number 7 having been retired by the Yankees for Mickey Mantle, Rodríguez changed his jersey number to 12. He was considered the number one prospect of the Texas League. He is the major league career leader in putouts by catchers. Rodríguez was also the first catcher to have more than 30 home runs, 100 runs batted in, and 100 runs scored in the history of Major League Baseball. The Hall of Famer isn’t even in the country, instead visiting his current wife’s native Colombia. Rodríguez played in the Puerto Rican Winter League over the winter, but he suffered a severe knee injury which kept him from playing for the rest of the season. He had a nine-game hitting streak from June 24 to July 2, during which he batted .500 with seven doubles, two triples, and four home runs. In 40 postseason games, he hit .255 (39-for-153) with 17 runs, 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 25 RBI and 14 walks.[55].

[10] He immediately established himself as an excellent hitter who was also proficient in throwing out would-be base-stealers. This injury caused him to miss the rest of the season.

[66], Rodríguez married Maribel Rivera on June 20, 1991. On January 18, 2017, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, receiving 76% of the votes cast, and was officially inducted on July 30, 2017. He was selected to his ninth straight MLB All-Star Game, which tied the all-time record set by Johnny Bench. From June 24 to July 1, he drove in a run in eight consecutive games, another single season record for the Florida Marlins. Take a guided tour of Dereck Rodríguez’s tattoos, Giants lay off Dave Righetti and Shawon Dunston. Rodríguez was awarded the AL MVP award in 1999. [45] In a situation similar to his tenure with the Yankees, his customary number 7 had been retired by the Astros in honor of Craig Biggio, so Rodríguez initially wore jersey number 12, then later changed to number 77 mid-season. He also set the major league record for at-bats by a catcher in a single season, with 639, which surpassed Johnny Bench's record of 621 in 1970. Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 27, 1971), nicknamed "Pudge",[1] is a former Major League Baseball catcher and politician.

[50], Rodríguez hit his first home run as a member of the Nationals on May 6 against Tim Hudson of the Atlanta Braves. In this debut, Strasburg struck out 14 batters and walked none over seven complete innings. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy.

[40] While Rodríguez wanted to leave Detroit due to Tigers manager Jim Leyland's decision to use rotating catchers, he wound up sharing catching duties with back-up Yankee catcher José Molina, starting only 26 of the remaining 55 games of the 2008 season. These categories were hits, runs, runs batted in, and doubles. The Hall of Famer isn’t even in the country, instead visiting his current wife’s native Colombia. In August 2017, Rodríguez was selected by then-Governor Ricardo Rosselló as one of Puerto Rico's five shadow representatives. Rodríguez, que fue el primero en ser seleccionado en el draft de las Ligas Mayores en 1993 fue el primero que tuvo contacto con Jeter acerca de su experiencia de estar en el pico de la selección. He fractured his right thumb and underwent surgery the next day. By then a major-league veteran of over a decade, he helped lead the young team to victory in the World Series. (This statement was incorrect, as Stan Musial also met and far surpassed all of those numbers.

; his 2004 playing weight had been 215 lbs.

Rodríguez became the youngest player in the history of the Texas Rangers to hit a home run, on August 30, 1991, facing the Kansas City Royals and right-hander Storm Davis.

He was named the Texas Rangers' player of the year. On August 18, 2009, Rodríguez was traded to the Texas Rangers for minor league reliever Matt Nevarez and two PTBNL. He had 25 home runs, 136 hits, and 65 runs batted in. In his first game, he had three hits in three at-bats (3-for-3) against Spartanburg. This broke the previous mark of 42, set by Mickey Cochrane in 1930. He was again named to all-star teams by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, and Baseball America. On June 12 he caught Justin Verlander's first no-hitter, the second no-hitter he caught in his career. The reason for this was that, according to Rodríguez, the Big Red Machine teams for whom Bench played were constantly on TV in Puerto Rico, and he saw how good Bench was. He had a stretch of eight straight hits over two games facing the Kansas City Royals on July 26 and July 28. On January 8, 2008, the Leones de Ponce reclaimed Rodríguez in the last turn of a special post-season draft, where players from eliminated teams were selected to reinforce those that qualified. I got my nickname on the very first day of camp.

[20] While he was hitting home runs, he wasn't taking many walks.

Rodríguez was only the ninth catcher in the history of Major League Baseball to win the Most Valuable Player award, and he was the first to win it since Thurman Munson in 1976. He won his seventh career Silver Slugger Award, tied with Víctor Martínez of the Cleveland Indians. Rodríguez also became the first catcher in the history of Major League Baseball to have two or more seasons with 40 or more doubles. “I feel good to be here for myself, with my name on the locker, not for what my dad did,’’ said Rodriguez, whose given name is Ivan Dereck.

[52] In a postgame interview, Pudge reacted that "[e]verybody [was] impressed with what this kid did. He was named to the Major League Baseball (MLB) Rookie All-Star team by both Topps and Baseball America and finished in fourth place in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. In 1993, Rodríguez and his wife founded the Ivan "Pudge" Rodríguez Foundation, whose purpose is to help families in Puerto Rico, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

[42] He returned to action in a "sudden death" game for the final postseason space, but the team lost and was eliminated. On April 10 against Boston, he got his 2,500th hit.[39]. On May 17, 2009, Rodríguez hit his 300th career home run off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Rich Harden at Wrigley Field. [3] As a Little League player and just 8 years old, he moved from pitcher and third baseman (his favorite position)[5] to catcher because his father, who was also his coach, thought he was throwing too hard and scaring opposing players with his pitches. Rodríguez also threw out the ceremonial first pitch during the Rangers home game against the New York Yankees. In addition, he holds the distinction of being the first catcher in the history of the league to amass more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. [18], In the 1998 season, Rodríguez led the Texas Rangers in batting average at .325, which placed eighth in the American League.

He also placed first in throwing out runners, catching 48.6 percent of runners attempting to steal. On June 17, 2009, Rodríguez passed Carlton Fisk for the most games caught in a career; the game was against his former team (the Rangers) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Despite the off-season controversy, the 2005 season turned out to be another All-Star year for Rodríguez.

Instead of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch from the mound, he went to his usual position behind the plate and threw from behind home plate to second base to Michael Young. [30] Given that Major League Baseball implemented a more stringent regime of testing for performance-enhancing drugs in 2005,[31] the "significant weight loss" experienced by Rodríguez[32] "raised more than a few eyebrows". Rodríguez was third on the team in doubles, home runs, and stolen bases, and fourth in runs batted in.

[65] On August 12, the Rangers retired his jersey, with the team (and the opponent, the Houston Astros) wearing throwback jerseys to the 1999 era in which Rodriguez played. He also had 32 doubles, 2 triples, and 60 runs batted in while playing in 108 games for the Rangers. [47] He hit his first home run with the Rangers since 2002 on August 29, a solo shot against Minnesota Twins reliever José Mijares.

[17] In the 1997 season, Rodríguez also placed first among catchers in many categories in Major League Baseball.

In 2007, Rodríguez walked in only 1.8 percent of his plate appearances, the lowest percentage in the major leagues. He later returned to the Rangers and played there for the remainder of the season. [46] Teammate David Murphy switched his uniform number to #14 so Rodríguez could wear the #7 he previously wore with the Rangers.

Rodríguez was honored with a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding catcher in MLB in 2006. "[53], Rodríguez platooned at the catching duties for the Nationals with Wilson Ramos.

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