Former catcher for the Texas Rangers Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez waves to the fans as he walks out to catch the ceremonial first pitch from Rangers team President Nolan Ryan against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 30, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.
Rangers legend Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is joining FOX Sports Southwest as an analyst on RANGERS LIVE pre and postgame coverage.
According to a release from the Texas Rangers, Pudge will join former Rangers second baseman Mark McLemore and hosts John Rhadigan and Dana Larson on the broadcast team.
Pudge will make his debut during a one-hour pregame show on Opening Day, March 31, when the Rangers play the Phillies at the
Ballpark Globe Life Park.
“I am looking forward to working on the FOX Sports Southwest pre and postgame shows this season,” Rodriguez said. “This will be another way for me to further my role with the Texas Rangers organization, which I very much enjoy.”
Rodriguez, a legend around these parts, was only 19 when he made his debut for the Rangers in 1991. Pudge would go on to play 12 of his 21 major league seasons with the Rangers.
In the news release, the team said the following about the legendary catcher.
"Rodriguez caught a major league-record 2,427 games, earned a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher while throwing out nearly 42 percent of runners attempting to steal, and was a 14-time All-Star who started a major league-record 12 Midsummer Classics.
Rodriguez won the 1999 American League MVP with Texas, when he batted .332 with 35 homers and 113 RBI and helped lead the Rangers to their third A.L. West title in a four-year span
He finished his career with a .296 average, 311 home runs and 1,332 RBI in 2,543 games overall with Texas (1991-2002, 2009), Florida (2003), Detroit (2004-08), the Yankees (2008), Houston (2009), and Washington (2010-11). Rodriguez won a World Series championship with the Marlins in 2003 and also played in the World Series with the Tigers in 2006."
FSSW Rangers coverage begins this week with late games against the Giants and A's.