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Ivan Rodriguez to retire in Texas

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Ivan Rodriguez has 2,844 hits, 311 home runs and 1,332 RBI over his career.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)

Ivan Rodriguez is going back to Texas to retire.

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The 14-time All-Star catcher who won a record 13 Gold Gloves will formally announce his retirement as an active player Monday at Rangers Ballpark, the home of his original team. He will also be honored by the Texas Rangers before their game that night against the New York Yankees, one of the five teams he played for after Texas.

Rodriguez, now 40, and the Rangers announced the plans Thursday.

The fan favorite known as Pudge, Rodriguez was only 19 when he made his major league debut with Texas on June 20, 1991. He played the first 12 of his 21 major league seasons with Texas, and returned to the Rangers briefly in 2009. He was the 1999 American League MVP.

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