Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know that we are methodically working on the Top 50 players for every franchise. The step afterwards will be a look at how each of those organizations honor their past players/executives/coaches in their respective Halls of Fame/Rings of Honor and/or Retired Numbers.
As such, it is of news to us that the Texas Rangers will be retiring the number of former Catcher, and now Hall of Famer, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. This announcement follows Rodriguez’ selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Rangers have retired three numbers in the past, the #26 of former Manager, Johnny Oates, the #34 of Pitcher, Nolan Ryan and the mandatory retired #42 of Jackie Robinson. I-Rod’s #9 will make the fourth.
Rodriguez, who will be wearing the Texas Rangers cap on his plaque for the Hall, was selected on his first year of eligibility. Rodriguez played 1,507 of his 2,543 Games for Texas and was a ten time All Star while playing for the Rangers. He was named the American League MVP in 1999 and he won 10 Gold Gloves and 6 Silver Sluggers as a Texas Ranger.
His overall numbers as a Texas Ranger include 1,747 Hits, 217 Home Runs, a .304 Batting Average with a bWAR of 49.9.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Ivan Rodriguez for his latest accomplishment.