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Houston Astros catcher Ivan Rodriguez (L) reacts after striking out against the New York Mets in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on July 26, 2009. The Mets defeated the Astros 8-3. (UPI Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher)
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Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 30, 1971, in Manatí, Puerto Rico), nicknamed "Pudge" and "I-Rod", 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 catchers in the history of the major leagues. Rodríguez was awarded the AL MVP award in 1999.

Rodríguez 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, Rodríguez set a MLB record by catching his 2,227th game, passing Carlton Fisk.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ivan Rodriguez."
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