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Pudge Headed Into Texas Rangers Hall Of Fame

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Pudge is going into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ivan Rodriguez, the 14-time All-Star catcher who spent most of his career with Texas, will be the 16th member of the team’s hall of fame. The Rangers said Friday his induction will be July 20 during a ceremony before a game against Baltimore.

Rodriguez made his major league debut as a 19-year-old for the Rangers in 1991. He caught a major league record 2,427 games, surpassing Carlton Fisk’s record of 2,226 during a game for the Houston Astros four years ago at Rangers Ballpark. It was later that season that Pudge returned briefly to the Rangers, the team he played for his first 12 seasons.

The 13 Gold Gloves that Rodriguez won are the most ever for a catcher. He was the 1999 American League MVP.

Rodriguez announced his retirement after 21 seasons as a player in April 2012. During spring training this year, he rejoined the Rangers as a special assistant to the general manager to assist the team in several areas, including international scouting, player instruction on the major and minor league levels and talent evaluation. He also represents the team in community and marketing endeavors.

In 1,507 career games with Texas, Rodriguez hit .304 with 217 homers and 842 RBIs. He ranks second in club history in hits (1747), doubles (352), and multi-hit games (490).

He hit .296 with 311 home runs and 1,332 RBIs in 2,543 games overall with Texas (1991-2002, 2009), Florida (2003), Detroit (2004-08), the Yankees (2008), Houston (2009), and Washington (2010-11).

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