BOSTON -- Catcher Ivan Rodriguez is retiring from Major League Baseball, and he wants to do so back with the team where he spent the best years of his career.
Rodriguez, who was a free agent and unable to find a job this offseason, is planning to officially announce his retirement, and he is expected to make it public on Monday in Arlington. The Rangers play the Yankees that night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers have not made an official announcement, but there is likely to be a meaningful acknowledgement of his substantial contributions to the franchise.
Rodriguez spent 21 seasons in the Major Leagues, including his first 12 with the Rangers from 1991-2002. He also made a brief return with them for 28 games at the end of the 2009 season before spending the past two seasons with the Washington Nationals.
Rodriguez won 13 Gold Gloves Awards for his defense, including 10 with the Rangers. He also won seven Silver Slugger Awards for his offense, played in 14 All-Star Games and two World Series.