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Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Retires in Texas Style
Ivan "Pudge" Rodríguez, a 14-time All-Star catcher, announced his retirement Monday, ending a 21-season playing career spent mostly in Texas. The Rangers then honored him with a pregame ceremony that ended with a unique first pitch.
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Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez rides into the stadium and waves to fans before the baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Rangers on Monday, April 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. Rodriguez announced his retirement earlier Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Foto de archivo del 13 de septiembre de 2009 en la que aparece el catcher Iván Rodríguez, entonces con los Rangers de Texas. Rodríguez planea anunciar su retiro. (AP Foto/Tony Gutierrez)
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Former Texas Rangers Ivan Rodriguez wipes away tears during an introduction for a news conference announcing his retirement as a baseball player, Monday, April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Tom Grieves, a broadcaster for the Texas Rangers, presents former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez with a jersey in honor of Rodriguez's retirement, before the Rangers' baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, April 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, center, hugs his daughters Ivanna Sofia, left, and Amanda Christine after he spoke to reporters during a news conference announcing his retirement as a baseball player, Monday, April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LMO Otero)
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Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez stands on the mound during a ceremony before the baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Rangers on Monday, April 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. Rodriguez announced his retirement earlier Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Former Texas Rangers Ivan Rodriguez waves as he arrives for a news conference announcing his retirement as a baseball player, Monday, April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez pauses while speaking before the baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Rangers on Monday, April 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. Rodriguez announced his retirement earlier Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Former Texas Rangers Ivan Rodriguez fights back tears during an introduction for a news conference announcing his retirement as a baseball player, Monday, April 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. It came nearly 21 years after the fan favorite known as Pudge made his major league debut as a 19-year-old with the Rangers. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, center, pauses while speaking with his family looking on, from left, wife Claudia Gomez, daughters Ivanna Sofia, Amanda Christine and son Ivan Dereck during a news conference announcing his retirement as a baseball player, Monday, April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LMO Otero)

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Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, left, shakes hands with Rangers President and owner Nolan Ryan after a news conference announcing Rodriguez's retirement as a baseball player, Monday, April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LMO Otero)
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Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Retires in Texas Style

Ivan "Pudge" Rodríguez, a 14-time All-Star catcher, announced his retirement Monday, ending a 21-season playing career spent mostly in Texas. The Rangers then honored him with a pregame ceremony that ended with a unique first pitch.

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