Pudge Rodriguez officially retired as a member of the Texas Rangers prior to Monday night’s game with the New York Yankees in Arlington, but according to reports, his relationship with the team that drafted him may not be over.
Per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Nolan Ryan said recently that he has already discussed some possibilities with Rodriguez.
"We've talked about continuing our relationship," Ryan said, per the Morning News. "I think there is interest on both sides. And I think it will be good. We're looking forward to working something out. Obviously, catching is something we'd have a strong interest in, but with the success he's had and the way he transitioned, he could be a very positive influence on our young Latin players."
The news is heartening for Rangers fans, who on Monday had a chance to remember why seemingly everyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex loved Pudge, even after he was let go by the Rangers. In his comments, Rodriguez let the massive crowd at the Ballpark know that the affection was mutual.
"I want to thank the fans from Texas and from all over baseball," Rodriguez said, shortly after stifling some tears. "It really was an honor to play here for 12 years. I learned a lot from my teammates."