Skip to content

Ivan Rodriguez

  1. Deep Thoughts: which Hall of Fame candidates will be the most easily smeared next year?

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    Image (1) maddux.jpg for post 5104

    A lot of people have asked me why Craig Biggio didn’t get into the Hall of Fame this year. I think it’s partially because while they now decry the PED era, a lot of Hall of Fame voters are warped by it and are having some trouble identifying great performances when they see it. They’re…

  2. Ivan Rodriguez to throw out first pitch before Game 4

    Oct 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    ivan rodriguez tigers

    It’s not quite Mariano Rivera throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium before Game 3 of the ALDS, but this should be pretty cool: Ivan Rodriguez will throw out the first pitch tonight at Comerica Park. Rodriguez signed with the Tigers as a free agent in 2004 when they were coming off a 119-loss…

  3. Mike Baxter’s Saturday feat a first in nine years

    Aug 5, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

    Mike Baxter

    Five-walk games typically happen once or twice per year, and Mike Baxter‘s Saturday against the Padres was even more unusual than most. Baxter, the Mets’ right fielder, became the first player since Florida’s Ivan Rodriguez on April 8, 2003 to go 0-for-0 with five unintentional walks in a game. The 27-year-old Baxter entered the night…

  4. Jason Kendall was a really, really good player

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Jason Kendall

    Jason Kendall’s offense turned into a punchline during the second half of his career, when he could occasionally go weeks at a time without collecting out an extra-base hit. Unfortunately, that obscures the fact that he was an excellent player, one of the best in the National League, for a time before a thumb injury…

  5. Another day, another Nationals catcher suffers major injury

    May 15, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Sandy Leon

    In losing starting catcher Wilson Ramos to a torn ACL over the weekend the Nationals turned to oft-injured backup Jesus Flores as their new starter behind the plate and called up Sandy Leon from Double-A to serve as their new backup. Leon made his big-league debut last night and the 23-year-old had to be carried…

  6. Bryce Harper moves to the second spot in Nationals lineup

    May 8, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper joined Ken Griffey Jr., Andruw Jones, and B.J. Upton as the only 19-year-olds to bat third in a big-league game since 1980, but now he’s on the move in the Nationals’ lineup again. Harper, who debuted as a No. 7 hitter before shifting to the No. 3 slot, is batting No. 2 tonight…

  7. Ivan Rodriguez puts on a new spin on the ceremonial first pitch

    Apr 23, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez first pitch

    Ivan Rodriguez officially put a bow on his 21-year major league career this evening at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner was honored during a pregame ceremony, after which he was slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Michael Young. Pudge walked out to the…

  8. Scott Boras: Mike Gonzalez “should sign in the next 10 days”

    Apr 23, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez AP

    Mike Gonzalez is still out there as a free agent after failing to latch on with a team this winter, but his agent Scott Boras told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com this afternoon that the veteran left-hander “should sign in the next ten days.” Boras, who was in Arlington today for Ivan Rodriguez‘s retirement ceremony, also…

  9. 14-time All-Star Ivan Rodriguez to announce retirement

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has the scoop: Ivan Rodriguez will retire a member of the Rangers as part of a pre-game ceremony prior to Monday’s game with the Yankees. Rodriguez, 40, didn’t want to go out yet, but no one offered him a starting job or anything close to it after he hit .218/.281/.323 in 124…

  10. UPDATE: Royals inquire about Ivan Rodriguez, who is “not ready” to join team

    Mar 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    UPDATE: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that, contrary to Heyman’s report, the Royals have not made an offer to Rodriguez or invited him to camp. The club has “inquired” about the veteran backstop, but have also looked into “20 or more” players. Hard to tell whether an official offer was ever actually…

  11. Salvador Perez out 3-4 months after knee surgery; Royals interested in Ivan Rodriguez?

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    So much for Salvador Perez only missing a few weeks. Perez underwent his scheduled knee surgery today and the Royals announced afterward that he’s expected to be out for 12-14 weeks, which would mean a mid-June return at the earliest. In other words, there’s a strong chance the 21-year-old catcher will miss the entire first…

  12. The Mets haven’t ruled out signing Ivan Rodriguez…or have they?

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com was told by multiple Mets’ sources that a deal with Rodriguez is unlikely. In fact, one source told him: “We are not bringing Ivan here.” The club appears content to go with Mike Nickeas or Rob Johnson as Josh Thole‘s backup. 6:48 PM: 40-year-old Ivan Rodriguez is still out there…

  13. Cardinals and Yadier Molina closing in on five-year, $70-75M extension

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that the two sides are closing in on a five-year deal in the $70-75 million range. Molina would make $14-15 million per season if Rosenthal is correct, which would give him the second-highest AAV (average annual value) for a catcher ever behind Joe Mauer‘s current eight-year, $184 million contract ($23 million). As…

  14. Yadier Molina likely to become one of the highest-paid catchers ever

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Just three catchers in big-league history have signed contracts worth in excess of $10 million per season. That’s about to change. Yadier Molina heads a class of four free-agent-to-be catchers, all of whom could find themselves in eight-figure territory with big 2012 seasons. Molina is probably the one sure thing in the bunch to draw…

  15. Ivan Rodriguez is still looking for work

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Jason Varitek is said to be leaning toward retirement, but the other 40-year-old catcher on the free agent market, Ivan Rodriguez, is still trying to land a gig for 2012. Rodriguez told the Associated Press that he’s been “working out every day in the gym” and “can still play” if a team gives him a…

  16. Will Jason Varitek follow Tim Wakefield into retirement?

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek Tim Wakefield Getty

    Boston offered minor-league contracts and spring training invitations to both Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Wakefield opted against battling for a roster spot at age 45, announcing his retirement today, but the 40-year-old Varitek is apparently still trying to make up his mind. Varitek’s agent, Scott Boras, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that…

  17. Gary Carter by the numbers

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Gary Carter Mets

    As we mourn the passing of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, here’s a look at the numbers for “The Kid.” – Carter played 19 seasons in the big leagues before retiring after 1992; 12 with the Expos, five with the Mets and one each with the Giants and Dodgers. – He hit .262/.335/.439 with…

  18. Scott Boras says Jason Varitek “is deliberating what he wants to do”

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    With spring training right around the corner Jason Varitek doesn’t have a job and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that the 40-year-old catcher “is deliberating what he wants to do.” Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe makes it clear that “there’s no room on the Red Sox roster for him” after they signed Kelly Shoppach…

  19. Ivan Rodriguez, Jason Varitek still looking for work

    Jan 26, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Brad Ausmus played until 41 despite rarely getting a ball out of the infield in his later years and an extreme lack of production never stopped the Royals from throwing money at Jason Kendall, but all of a sudden, experience isn’t counting quite as much on the catcher market. Ivan Rodriguez, who landed a two-year,…

  20. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  21. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

  22. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  23. Ivan Rodriguez won’t re-sign with Nationals, eyes backup role

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Agent Scott Boras told reporters at the winter meetings yesterday that Ivan Rodriguez won’t be re-signing with the Nationals, saying: “I think their plan at the moment excludes him.” Rodriguez backed up Wilson Ramos this year, but the Nationals still have Jesus Flores around and there are a couple intriguing catcher prospects coming up through…

Featured video

Alex Gordon, MVP candidate
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (3415)
  2. Y. Molina (2906)
  3. J. Soler (2850)
  4. D. Ortiz (2291)
  5. B. Colon (2230)
  1. D. Wright (2115)
  2. S. Doolittle (2041)
  3. Y. Darvish (1998)
  4. R. Cano (1952)
  5. T. Lincecum (1913)