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FactMember of 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999 American League Western Division Champion Texas Rangers teams. Member of 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins team.

Iván Rodríguez, nicknamed “Pudge” and “I-Rod”, is a former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1991 to 2011, spending the majority of his career with the Texas Rangers. He also played for the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, and Chicago White Sox.

Rodríguez was born on November 27, 1971, in Manatí, Puerto Rico. His parents are Iván Rodríguez Sr. and Gladys Merced. He has two brothers, Iván Rodríguez Jr. and Efrain Rodríguez, and two sisters, Gladys Rodríguez and Aida Rodríguez.

Rodríguez was first scouted by Texas Rangers’ scout Luis Rosa at the age of 16. He was signed by the Rangers in 1988 and made his professional debut in 1989.

Rodríguez made his major league debut on June 20, 1991. He was named American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 1991 and went on to win 13 Silver Slugger Awards and 10 Gold Glove Awards. He was a 14-time All-Star and was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2012.

Rodríguez’s career batting average is .296 and his career home run total is 311. He is the Rangers’ all-time leader in hits (2,844), games played (2,427), and total bases (4,495). He is also the all-time leader in putouts (11,376) and assists (8,495) by a catcher.

Rodríguez’s net worth is estimated to be $40 million. He has been married twice. His first wife was Maribel Rivera with whom he has three children: Iván Rodríguez Jr., Dereck Rodríguez, and Rebecca Rodríguez. His second wife is Rachel Rodríguez with whom he has two children: Rianna Rodríguez and Ryann Rodríguez.

Rodríguez is 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) tall and weighs 205 pounds (93 kg).


1Catcher for World Series Champion Florida Marlins. [November 2003]
2Signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros. [March 2009]
3Catching for the Texas Rangers baseball club [1999]
4(July 30) Traded to the New York Yankees. [2008]
5Finalized a four-year, $40 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. Rodriguez gets $7 million this year, $8 million in 2005 and $11 million each in 2006 and 2007. The Tigers have a $13 million option for 2008 with a $3 million buyout, and will defer $2 million of his salary in 2004 and $3 million each in 2006 and 2007 at 1 percent interest. Detroit has the option of buying Rodriguez out depending upon the legnth of time he may have to go on the disabled list because of a lower spine injury. [February 2004]
6He got married the day of his Major League Debut.
7Named to Baseball Digest magazine's 1991 Rookie All-Star Team.
8Catcher with the Texas Rangers (1991-2002), Florida Marlns (2003), and Detroit Tigers (2004).
9Made major league debut on 20 June 1991.
10He is a major league baseball player. He's a catcher best known for defense and an incredible throwing arm.
11Has led the Texas Rangers to 3 American League West titles
121999 American League MVP
1310-time All Star, 9 times as a starter
1410-time Gold Glove winner
15Children: Ivan Derek (5 June 1992), Amanda Christine (21 June 1995), Ivana Sofia (12 January 2000).
16Signed by the Texas Rangers as an amateur free agent in 1988.
1710-time American League Gold Glove winner at Catcher (1992-2001).
181999 American League MVP. Finished 10th in voting for same award in 1996 and 1998.
19Named to 10 American League All Star Teams (1992-2001).
20Member of 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999 American League Western Division Champion Texas Rangers teams. Member of 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins team.



Arli$$1998TV Series
Little Big League1994Cameo appearance
Garden of Death1974Max


Mike & Mike2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Retired Baseball Player / Himself - Former Major League Baseball Player
Prime 92009-2011TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Night Baseball1991-2008TV SeriesHimself - Texas Rangers Catcher / Himself - Detroit Tigers Catcher / Himself - New York Yankees Pinch Hitter / ...
2007 MLB All-Star Game2007TV SpecialHimself - AL Starting Catcher, Detroit Tigers
WrestleMania 232007TV SpecialHimself
Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition2007Video documentaryHimself
2006 American League Championship Series2006TV SeriesHimself - Detroit Tigers Catcher
2006 MLB All-Star Game2006TV SpecialHimself
2005 MLB All-Star Game2005TV SpecialHimself - AL Catcher: Detroit Tigers
2004 MLB All-Star Game2004TV SpecialHimself - AL Starting Catcher: Detroit Tigers
2003 National League Championship Series2003TV SeriesHimself - Florida Marlins Catcher
2001 MLB All-Star Game2001TV SpecialHimself
MTV Rock N' Jock Basebrawl2001TV SpecialHimself
2000 MLB All-Star Game2000TV SpecialHimself - AL Starting Catcher: Texas Rangers
1999 MLB All-Star Game1999TV SpecialHimself
1998 MLB All-Star Game1998TV SpecialHimself
1997 MLB All-Star Game1997TV SpecialHimself - AL Starting Catcher: Texas Rangers
1996 MLB All-Star Game1996TV SpecialHimself
1995 MLB All-Star Game1995TV SpecialHimself - AL Catcher
1994 MLB All-Star Game1994TV SpecialHimself - AL Catcher
1993 MLB All-Star Game1993TV SpecialHimself - AL Catcher
1992 MLB All-Star Game1992TV SpecialHimself - AL Catcher

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Prime 92009TV SeriesHimself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

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