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Pages: 124. Not illustrated. Chapters: Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos
Delgado, Bernie Williams, Carlos Beltran, Javier Vazquez, Joel
Pineiro, Alex Cintron, Alex Rios, Yadier Molina, Alex Cora, Javy
Lopez, Jose Cruz, Jr., Jose Valentin, Kiko Calero, J. C. Romero,
Ricky Ledee, Ruben Gotay, Pedro Feliciano, Javier Valentin, Eduardo
Perez, Fernando Cabrera, Luis Matos, Jose Santiago, Juan Padilla,
Dicky Gonzalez, Willie Collazo. Excerpt: Ivan Rodriguez Torres
(born November 30, 1971, in Manati, Puerto Rico) commonly nicknamed
"Pudge," is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Washington
Nationals. In his career, he has played for the Texas Rangers (on
two different tours, comprising the majority of his career),
Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros,
and Washington Nationals. He is ranked as one of the greatest
defensive catchers in the history of the major leagues. Rodriguez
was awarded the AL MVP award in 1999. Rodriguez won the World
Series with the Marlins in 2003, and also played in the 2006 World
Series while with the Tigers. On June 17, 2009, Rodriguez set a MLB
record by catching his 2,227th game, passing Carlton Fisk.
Rodriguez was born in Manati, Puerto Rico, and raised in Vega Baja.
His father, Juan, worked for a U.S.-based construction company, and
his mother, Eva Torres, was an elementary school teacher. Ivan's
first job involved delivering flyers in the shopping malls in
Puerto Rico. He learned baseball at an early age, his biggest rival
being Juan Gonzalez, who he often played against in his youth. As a
Little League player, he moved from pitcher to catcher because his
father, who was also his coach, thought he was throwing too hard
and scaring opposing players with his pitches. Rodriguez attended
Lino Padron Rivera High School, where he was discovered by scout
Luis Rosa. Rosa reported that "he showed lead...
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