Ivan Rodriguez

Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers tips his hat from the field during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (credit: Al Bello/Allsport)

Pudge Set To Announce Retirement With Rangers

Ivan Rodriguez plans to announce his retirement Monday, ending a 21-year major league career that included a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher.


Ivan Rodriguez - Catcher

21 Best Rangers Ever: Ivan Rodriguez

In the mind of at least one Rangers fan (the author), Ivan Rodriguez will always be a 19-year-old called up from Oklahoma City so fast he had to postpone his wedding. He’ll always be the pudgy kid who earned his nickname for a reason, and will always be the catcher with the magic arm that almost picked off Rickey Henderson at second base on July 2, 1991.