Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez has returned to a local baseball diamond.
Rodriguez, who was elected last week to the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, isn’t throwing out base runners or driving in runs as he did for 12-plus seasons with the Rangers. Instead Pudge is spending much of June running his baseball camps at All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth.
The former American League MVP is teaching young baseball players about the fundamentals of the game through four camps he has organized.
Nearly 60 eager ballplayers, ages 8-18, learned about throwing, hitting and catching from one of the game’s all-time greats. A portion of the camp’s proceeds will be donated to Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Rodriguez discussed why he started the camp, the current state of the Rangers and how he’s dealt with retirement.