Over the winter, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez became just the second catcher ever to be elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. (Johnny Bench was the other.) It was well deserved: Over 21 seasons in the big leagues, Pudge was, amont other things, a 14-time All Star, a 13-time Gold Glove winner, a seven-time Silver…
As expected, Ivan Rodriguez retired from baseball today after 21 seasons, and did so as a Texas Ranger—accepting a plaque from Nolan Ryan and then doing the honors of throwing out the first pitch before tonight's game against the New York Yankees.
According to reports, Ivan Rodriguez will retire as a member of the Texas Rangers before Texas plays the Yankees on Monday.
Houston puts the Rangers' old catcher on a bus to Arlington, receive two prospects in return, and Texas fans get a daily reminder that old age will someday leave them a broken shell of their former selves. [Dallas Morning News]