ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Former catcher for the Texas Rangers Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez waves to the fans as he walks out ot catch the cermonial firts 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. (Photo by Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images)
It's been a long time coming, but one of the greatest players in Texas Rangers franchise history will be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on Saturday when Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez joins the Rangers Hall of Fame in a ceremony prior to Saturday night's home against the Baltimore Orioles.
Rodriguez, who now works in the Rangers' front office, will be the 16th member of the Hall of Fame after a decorated career with several teams, but mostly with the Rangers.
In two separate tenures with the team, Rodriguez totaled 1,507 career games in a Rangers uniform and hit .304 with 217 home runs and 842 RBIs as a Ranger while winning the AL MVP in 1999 and earning 10 straight gold gloves with the Rangers at catcher and 13 total.
Along with Rodriguez, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan and former Rangers great Rusty Greer will speak at the induction ceremony to cap a weekend full of festivities with more than 50 former players returning for the shindig. Fans will be able to get free autographs from the former players prior to each game of the weekend series in the Rangers Ballpark concourse.