City of Arlington to Declare Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez Day

The City of Arlington will declare Tuesday, August 8 as Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez Day in honor of the former Texas Rangers catcher, whose No. 7 jersey will be retired by the club on August 12, 2017 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The proclamation will take place during the evening session of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Rodríguez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July, becoming only the 18th catcher to do so. He is also the sixth player who wore a Texas Rangers uniform to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, Rodríguez will become the third Ranger to have his uniform number retired by the club, joining Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan’s No. 34 in 1996 and former manager Johnny Oates’ No. 26 in 2005.

“It’s going to be nice when I’m going to be sitting here [in the ballpark] and look in left field and see Nolan and Johnny Oates and Jackie Robinson and in this other corner it is going to say “Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez, Number 7. Retiring my number is going to be a good feeling,” Rodríguez told MyArlingtonTV.

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