Former Texas Rangers All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez said on Friday that as he starts to think more about his possible induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he “probably should be there.”
“It’s getting close,” Rodriguez said. “Obviously, I would love to. I think probably the career that I had, I think probably I should be there with all those great Hall of Famers. There’s nothing better than to be in the same room and have a plaque in Cooperstown right next to them.”
Rodriguez, who played 21 seasons, is at Comerica Park this weekend as part of the Detroit Tigers’ yearlong celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the American League championship club. He is eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2017 and will be included on ballots that will be sent to voters in December.
Results of the voting will be announced in January.
2,427 Games caught over 21 seasons by Ivan Rodriguez, the most in major-league history
Rodriguez played five seasons with the Tigers from 2004 until he was traded during the 2008 season. The 14-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glove winner and 1996 AL MVP is a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels and a studio analyst for Rangers home TV broadcasts.
He played for the Rangers from 1991 to 2002 and again for 28 games to end 2009. He finished his career with 2,844 hits and with the most games (2,427) caught in baseball history.