Ivan Rodriguez

Ivan Rodriguez
Birthdate 11/27/1971
Death Date
Debut Year 1991
Year of Induction 2017
Teams Astros, Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, Tigers, Yankees
Positions Catcher, Designated Hitter

Ivan Rodriguez holds the record for games caught. The 14-time All Star won 13 Gold Gloves and 7 Silver Slugger Awards in a Hall of Fame career.

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Ivan Rodriguez is one of the greatest catchers of all time

Ivan Rodriguez is one of the greatest catchers of all time

Ivan Rodriguez had a 21-year career that puts him at the top of his profession. Playing catcher takes a toll on the human body. Pudge’s durability is historic. The 1999 MVP, Rodriguez holds the record for games caught, and putouts by a catcher. He caught 45.68% of would-be base-stealers and recorded 9 seasons of nailing at least 50%
Ivan Rodriguez had one 3-homer game in his career; here's the lineup card from that contest

Ivan Rodriguez had one 3-homer game in his career; here's the lineup card from that contest

Ivan Rodriguez slugged 311 homers in his 21-year big league career. The Hall of Fame backstop hit three of those homers on September 11, 1997 vs. the Twins at The Ballpark at Arlington, Texas. In the only three-homer game of his career, Pudge had five runs batted in to lead the Rangers’ 7-0 wh

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

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(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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