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April 19, 2012

Rangers announce Ivan Rodriguez to retire Monday

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez will announce his retirement Monday at a 2 p.m. news conference and be honored Monday night in a pregame ceremony at Rangers Ballpark before the Rangers-Yankees game at 6:05 p.m., the club announced.

Rodriguez will throw out the first pitch before the opener of the three-game series. As of Wednesday night, about 5,000 tickets remained for each game.

Rodriguez played for 21 years and was a 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner at catcher. He debuted with the Rangers at age 19 in 1991 and played for them through the 2002 season. He returned for about six weeks in the 2009 season as the Rangers made a push for the playoffs.

-- Jeff Wilson


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I think they should let him catch one inning. He is awesome and that would give all of us fans a chance to watch him one last time. And wouldn't that be the ultimate way to honor a great catcher?

Pudge should never have been let go, such is life. Do everything in our power to honor him with class. Who can forget the first time he picked a man off first from his knees.

He is the best there ever was.

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