Found April 25, 2012 on TheDaveSimsShow:
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Ivan Rodriguez, 40, officially announced his retirement from baseball yesterday at the Texas Rangers facility.  Rodriguez, regarded as one of the greatest catchers of all time, played 21 season in the Majors with the Rangers (twice), Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, Astros, and Nationals.

Rodriguez signed with the Rangers as a 16-year-old prospect from Puerto Rico and, after three years in the minor league system, became the starting catcher for Texas. He proved to have longevity at a position that is particularly tough on an aging player.

Rodriguez won the Gold Glove Award 13 times over the course of his career, more than any other catcher in MLB history.  He also caught more games (2,543) and had the highest caught stealing percentage of any catcher, with a remarkable 45.68% efficiency.

Pudge was also a very dangerous hitter.  His career stats stand at a lifetime batting average of .286, with 311 homers, 2,844 hits, and 1,332 RBI’s.  Rodriguez won the 1999 AL MVP while with Texas, won the 2003 World Series with the Marlins and participated in the 2006 World Series as a Detroit Tiger.

“It’s a very hard day for me,” Rodríguez said. “It’s been a great, great run. … It’s been beautiful.”

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