Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 4/23/12
Ivan Rodriguez is reportedly slated to announce his retirement from baseball today. There will be much written about his impressive career, and much of it will focus on whether or not he will get into the Hall of Fame, even though his numbers pretty obviously warrant it. Personally, I think that sidesteps the issue of how such a great player had not one but two lame nicknames: “Pudge,” which would not be so bad if it had not already been used; and “I-Rod,” which involved the incredibly annoying “first initial-first syllable” lazy nicknaming thing. It makes it hard to give this post a decent title. Rather than looking at a career overview, let’s focus on a few particular moments: Rodriguez’ three biggest in-game hits according to Win Probability Added (WPA). 3. May 31, 1995. Royals fans probably remember 1995 as the year they realized that Bob Hamelin might not be a true talent .400 wOBA hitter. The 1995 Rangers were a team on the rise, a team still a year away from winning the American
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