(c) Houston Astros

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Position: C      Born: Nov 27, 1971      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

At the tail end of a career likely to reach the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was a late spring signing during 2009 when the rest of the catchers in camp were hitting very poorly. He supplied his share of big moments both at and behind the plate but, when it became clear that the Astros were fading from the pennant race, Houston dealt him to the Texas Rangers for prospects.

While in Houston, Rodriguez smacked his 300th career homer, marking the first of three Astros (Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee the others) to hit their 300th homer in the same year.