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12 stats you might not know about… Pudge Rodriguez

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Ivan Rodriguez (Photo credit: BaseballBacks)

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Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez will announce his retirement from baseball on Monday. He retires as one of the greatest catchers in MLB history, a 14-time all-star, 13-time Gold Glover and former A.L. MVP.

Rodriguez also retires ranking number one in several categories among catchers including: games caught (2,427), runs (1,354) and hits (2,844).

Here’s a few more stats that you might not know about “Pudge.”

1. Rodriguez threw out 45.7% of the runners attempting to steal. This ranks 39th in MLB history. Pudge himself stole 127 bases in his career in 191 attempts, a success rate of 66.5%. He stole 25 bases in 1999. With his 25 steals and 35 home runs that season, Rodriguez became the first catcher in history to have more than 20 HRs and 20 stolen bases in a season.

2. As mentioned above, Pudge caught a record 2,427 games. He did, however, start seven games as a first baseman for the Detroit Tigers in 2006. He committed one error in 63 chances. He also played two innings at second base that same year.

3. He wore number 7 for most of his career. Baseball-Reference.com lists Rodriguez wearing number 12 in 2008 with the Yankees and in 2009 with the Astros. It also shows Pudge wearing number 77 in 2009 with Houston.

4. Rodriguez caught two no-hitters: Kenny Rogers’ perfect game on July 28, 1994 with the Rangers, and Justin Verlander’s no-hitter with the Tigers on June 12, 2007.

5. Pudge is one of only ten catchers to have been voted a league MVP. He won the 1999 A.L. MVP. The other MVP catchers: Mickey Cochrane, Gabby Hartnett, Ernie Lombardi, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Elston Howard, Johnny Bench, Thurman Munson and Joe Mauer.

6. He played in 14 all-star games, starting in 12 games as A.L. catcher, a record. The A.L. won nine and lost three in the games Pudge started behind the plate. He batted .306 in his All-Star Game career.

7. Rodriguez had a .296 career batting average. In games won by his team, he hit .329; in games lost by his team, he batted .261.

8. Of his 311 career home runs, he hit the most against the Minnesota Twins, 29. He hit eight off Twins pitcher Brad Radke, most against any one pitcher.

9. Pudge is one of only seven catchers to win a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger in the same season; he won both of them in the same year seven times. The others to win both in the same season: Joe Mauer, Jason Veritek, Russell Martin, Benito Santiago, Lance Parrish and Gary Carter. Mauer won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger the same year three times, most of the other catchers on the list.

10. He had 100 or more hits in 19 of his 21 seasons.

11. The only offensive statistical category he led the league in during his career was in 1999 when he led the American League by grounding into 31 double plays.

12. Pudge had 2,844 career hits, but he never had 200 or more hits in a season. He did, however, have 199 hits in 1999. He collected #199 in his next to last game. In his last game of the ’99 season, he went 0-for-4. In fact, he grounded out to second in his last at-bat to end the game.

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