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Encyclopedia > Iván Rodríguez

Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 30, 1971 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico), nicknamed "Pudge", "Pud-rod" or "I-Rod", is a professional baseball player. He has a career batting average of .304 and has won eleven Gold Glove Awards as a catcher, as well as the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1999. November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining, as the final day of November. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Vega Baja is a municipality of Puerto Rico. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium in St. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The position of the catcher Catcher is a position played in baseball. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...

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When Rodríguez made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers in 1992, he became the youngest person to play catcher in a major league game. He immediately established himself as an excellent hitter who was also proficient in throwing out would-be base-stealers. Texas Rangers American League AAA Oklahoma RedHawks AA Frisco RoughRiders A Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians R Arizona Rangers The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1985 In baseball, a stolen base occurs when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base while the pitcher is delivering the ball to home plate. ...

Although he had the nickname "Pudge" since his youth, Rodríguez was often compared early on to the veteran catcher Carlton Fisk, who was also called "Pudge." Fisk retired early in Rodríguez's career, and fans and sportswriters viewed it as the passing of the torch from one Pudge to another. Carlton Ernest Fisk (born December 26, 1947 in Bellows Falls, Vermont) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for 24 years with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. ...

When his contract with Texas ran out following the 2002 season, Rodríguez signed with the Florida Marlins for one year. By then a major-league veteran of over a decade, he helped lead a team of talented youngsters to victory in the World Series. In the off-season, he left Florida to sign with the Detroit Tigers. This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... Florida Marlins National League AAA Albuquerque Isotopes AA Carolina Mudcats A Jupiter Hammerheads Greensboro Grasshoppers Jamestown Jammers R Gulf Coast Marlins The Florida Marlins are a Major League Baseball team based in Miami, Florida, USA. They are in the Eastern Division of the National League. ... The 2003 World Series marked the 100th anniversary of the first modern World Series. ... Detroit Tigers American League AAA Toledo Mud Hens AA Erie SeaWolves A Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers R GCL Tigers The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ...

See also

This is an alphabetical list of 214 baseball players from Puerto Rico which had played in Major League Baseball between 1942 and 2004. ... list of famous Puerto Ricans in alphabetical order by last names, where applicable. ...

External links

  • Iván Rodríguez (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4680) at ESPN.com
  • Baseball-Reference.com (http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/rodriiv01.shtml) - career statistics and analysis
  • Profile at Puerto Rico Herald (http://www.puertorico-herald.org/issues/2001/vol5n13/ProfilePudgeRodrig-en.shtml)



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