Ivan Rodriguez is going into the Texas Rangers' Hall of Fame.
Rodriguez, affectionately known as "Pudge," was the top catcher in the game during his time with the Rangers. He won the 1999 American League MVP, and batted .304 with 217 home runs and 842 RBIs in 1,507 career games with Texas.
The Rangers signed Rodriguez as an amateur free agent in 1988, and he made his major-league debut three years later at the age of 19. He played with the Rangers from 1991-2002 and again in 2009. He also had stints with the Marlins (2003), Tigers (2004-08), Yankees (2008), Astros (2009) and Nationals (2010-11).
Rodriguez finished his stellar career with a .296 batting average, 311 home runs and 1,332 RBIs.
Rodriguez retired in April of 2012 at Rangers Ballpark, and then joined the organziation as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels / instructor/ ambassador in Feburary.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on July 20, prior to the Rangers' game against the Orioles. There will also be a luncheon on Friday at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, and fans can purchase tickets at texasrangers.com or by calling 817-436-5933.
-- Drew Davison