Ivan Rodriguez, Hall of Fame

Ivan Rodriguez made his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers on June 20, 1991 at 19 years of age. He was the youngest player in MLB in 1991 and 1992. Rodriguez went on to win 13 Gold Glove Awards, more than any other catcher in the history of baseball – Johnny Bench won 10 and Yadier Molina has 8. His 7 Silver Slugger Awards ranks him second all time among catchers behind Mike Piazza. Rodriguez appeared in 14 consecutive All Star Games and was the 1999 American League Most Valuable Player. Rodriguez was the MVP of the 2003 National League Championship Series helping the Florida Marlins defeat the Chicago Cubs in 7 games. The Marlins went on to win the 2003 World Series in 6 games over the Yankees. His 2,427 games behind the plate and 14, 864 putouts both rank first all time for catchers.

Rodriguez is listed in 28 of the 43 the Top 10 Texas Ranger Career Batting categories tracked by Baseball Reference including 2nd all time for Hits (1,747), Doubles (352), 4th all time for Home Runs (217), and 5th all time for Triples (28).

1991 Topps Traded #101T – Rookie Card

 

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Houston Astros Rookie Cards

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Chicago Cubs Rookie Cards

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Kansas City Royals Rookie Cards

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May 1 in Baseball History: Rickey Henderson and Nolan Ryan set career milestones on the same day

On May 1, 1991 Rickey Henderson stole third base in the fourth inning of a game vs. the New York Yankees. It was the 939th stolen base of his career, giving him one more than Lou Brock. One year later to the day, May 1, 1992, Henderson swiped stolen base #1,000 vs. the Detroit Tigers. Henderson set the career mark for stolen bases in the 15th year of his career, but he went on to play a total of 25 years and stole an incredible 1,406 bases before retiring at 44 years old. The two active players nearest Henderson on the all time stolen base list are Jose Reyes with 514 at 35 years old and Ichiro with 509 swipes at 44 years old. It seems safe to say that Henderson’s record will stand forever.

 

Perhaps Henderson was inspired to keep playing the game by Nolan Ryan, who later the same day, at 44 years of age, became the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter, the 7th of his career leading the Texas Rangers over the Toronto Blue Jays. Only 5 pitchers have thrown more than 1 no hitter in a career. The next in line to Ryan is Sandy Koufax with 4 no-no’s. Since no active pitcher has more than one no-hitter to his credit, it is hard to believe that Ryan’s record of 7 could ever be broken. However, his career strikeout record is another matter.

Ryan recorded 16 strikeouts in his 7th no-no, marking the 209th time he struck out at least 10 batters in a game and the 26th time he struck out at least 15. Ryan continued to pitch until he was 46 years of age.  During his long career Ryan struck out 5,714 batters in 5,386 innings – 1.06 strikeouts per inning. The nearest active pitcher on the career strike out list is 37-year-old C.C. Sabathia with 2,862 so he is already halfway to breaking Ryan’s record. At his current pace, Sabathia would be only 55 years old when he surpasses Ryan.

Source: https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/May_1

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Los Angeles Angels Rookie Cards

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Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie Cards

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