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Fourteen-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez will announce his retirement Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, citing sources.
Rodriguez, the 1999 American League MVP, reportedly made the decision after failing to get a decent playing opportunity this season.
The 40-year-old chose Texas as the location for his announcement because he spent the majority of his career with the Rangers, playing for the team from 1991-2002.
He made 10 All-Star appearances while with the Rangers and also won 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves while with the team.
In 1999, his best season, he was .332 with 35 home runs and 113 RBI, helping the team to its third AL West crown in four years.
Rodriguez joined the Marlins in 2003 and won his first and only World Series ring, before moving on to Detroit, where he played for five seasons.
He also played for the Yankees and Houston, and had a brief stint back with the Rangers. Rodriguez last played for the Washington Nationals in 2011.
He ends his career having played 2,543 games, with 2,844 hits, 311 home runs and 1,332 RBI.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Gio Gonzalez effect: Jordan Zimmermann smiling during a postgame interview on TV, even after yet another start with no run support? Who needs run support when you have Natitude?
Jordan Zimmermann on the winning attitude in the #Nats clubhouse: "It's a Natitude." (via @DanKolko, 4/18/2012)
Nationals 3, Astros 2: Run support? Who needs run support...
COOL AS A CUCUMBER
Perhaps the most riveting video so far of the 2012 Washington Nationals season? See above: Davey Johnson reacts to a fire alarm during his pregame press conference before Tuesday's Nationals-Astros game at Nationals Park (link to CSN Washington.com video here). Okay, maybe "reacts" isn't the right way to describe it.
Interestingly, Davey reacted...
Before Tuesday's Washington Nationals game against the Houston Astros, retired Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington threw out a very weak ceremonial first pitch.
Arrington tried to ham it up a bit as he pretended to check the runner at first base and wound up his arm as if he was going to throw it really hard. However, the end result was really weak as Arrington's...
People are constantly asking Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo about Stephen Strasburg's innings limit this season his his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Most recently, Rizzo told Casey Stern and former Nats GM Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio's Inside Pitch that, there will be a time where they shut down Strasburg, but "I can't put a concrete number" on...
The newest sideline reporter to keep your eye on is MASN's Kristina Akra and recently, she's gotten caught in the line of fire.
After the Nationals 4-1 win against the Reds, Akra was interviewing pitcher Edwin Jackson and got caught in a Gatorade bath designated for him:
(Courtesy of Guyism)
It’s our legal obligation to report on any Rick Ankiel related stories we come across on this site.
By now you’ve seen the highlights of what he did earlier in the week. Dude has an absolute Howitzer attached to his arm. LINK HERE
But you might not be aware that he was the subject of a story recently on the NPR show ‘This American Life’. We’ve embedded the story below...
Rick Ankiel showed again last night that he, hands down, has the best outfield arm in all of baseball. While the throw itself technically didn't stop the Astros from running on him (Zimmerman later said that the Astros weren't going to test Ankiels arm in the first place), and the baserunner actually scored shortly afterword when Strasburg let up a two-run dobule...
He used to be a pitcher.
The irony is he couldn’t throw strikes, so he became an outfielder, and now he’s hitting the mitt from 300 feet (video via D.C. Sports Bog):
“The writer Raymond Chandler once said, ‘When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.’ The baseball equivalent may be those few seconds between realizing Ankiel is about to unleash...
New plan: Instead of making Rick Ankiel choose between pitcher and outfielder, we let him do both at the same time.
I’m a little sad that I wrote the The Dugout Opening Days ’12 strip about the Washington Nationals on Monday afternoon, because if I’d written it on Monday night it would’ve been about Rick Ankiel’s monster strike from center that kept the fastest Houston...
There's never been a doubt about the quality of Rick Ankiel's arm. Back when he was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals he showed exceptional promise until the yips took ahold of him and he lost the plate. Having since moved to the outfield (and the Washington Nationals), Ankiel has shown on numerous occasions that while he might not have been accurate at sixty feet, six...
Last night after the Washington Nationals 1-0 win over the Houston Astros, Nationals managers Davey Johnson was giving his usual press conference until he was interrupted by a fire alarm.
To give Johnson credit, he didn't skip a beat during the distraction:
(Courtesy of Nats Enquirer)
With their victory over the Houston Astros last night, the Washington Nationals became the first team in the National League to reach 10 wins on the season. That's quite an accomplishment for a club that just a few years ago was literally the laughing stock of baseball. At 10-3 they now have the best winning percentage in the N.L., and are just half a game behind the Texas...
Stephen Strasburg did his job Monday night against the Astros, notching the win and a quality start. He threw six innings and held Houston to two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five. It was a solid outing and any pitcher across the league would take it, but this was Stephen Strasburg pitching at home against one of the league’s lesser squads. The no-hitter watch...
Despite failing to earn his first win of the year, Jordan Zimmermann's seven innings of four-hit, one-run baseball put the team in place to win yet-another tight game over the Houston Astros last night. It was their fifth one-run win of the young season. They also have two one-run losses.
The Nats were able to rally late in two consecutive innings to muster up three runs,...