Former Texas Rangers jersey cheap catcher Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez addresses the media during Cheap MLB Jerseys
a press conference at Globe Life Park after the announcement that he was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Arlington. Rodriguez, who signed with the Rangers at 16 and made his major league debut before turning 20, was elected to the Hall in his first year on the ballot, joining Johnny Bench as the only catchers in baseball history to be elected in the first year of eligibility.(Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)
1) Deserving in the eyes of the nation When the news broke that Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez had been inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, the city of Dallas responded with a flurry of praise from the cities biggest sports stars.
Nolan Ryan, Michael Young jersey cheap, Dirk Nowitzki, Troy Aikman jersey cheap and Mike Modano were among many of the people who sung Rodriguez’s praise. The Mavericks had a special ceremony in his honor. Current Rangers captain Adrian Beltre jersey cheap also weighed in on Pudge’s induction.
Johnny Bench, the best catcher of all time, summed it up pretty well.
“Ivan is a very deserving first ballot Hall of Famer,” Bench said. “He was the complete catcher, incredibly durable and intimidating behind the plate but also a very good hitter.”
2) Ranger through and through Despite playing for six teams in his illustrious career, Ivan Rodriguez is, and will always be, a Texas Ranger.
From the start, the Rangers and Rodriguez were a perfect match. From his MLB debut as a teenager, to his 10 straight Golden Golves, to retiring as a Ranger, Rodriguez will go down as one of the best players in Texas Rangers jersey cheap history.
“I respect all the organizations I played for, they are all a part of this,” Rodriguez said. “The Rangers are the huge part.”
3) His speech will be full of emotion
Even when he was a player, whether he was accepting awards, staring down base runners or celebrating championships, Pudge played the game with infectious emotion.
4) It wasn’t a sure thingRodriguez’s numbers were Hall of Fame worthy, but his induction was not a lock. Before the vote, there were some who thought his connection to PEDs may keep him on the outside looking in.
But the votes came in, and Rodriguez made the cut by a razor thin margin of four votes, making him only the second catcher ever to get in the Hall on his first ballot (Johnny Bench was first). In the end, the numbers were too great to pass over Rodriguez, despite voters’ attitude toward PEDs.