Born: Nov 27, 1971
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.
Batting G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG SLG OBA OPS 2009 93 327 41 82 15 2 8 34 13 74 0 2 .251 .323 .281 .580
Astros Trades & Transactions
Mar 20, 2009 - Signed Ivan Rodriguez (C) as a free agent.
Aug 18, 2009 - Traded Ivan Rodriguez (C) to TEX-A for two minor leaguers.
This Date in Astros History
Mar 20, 2009 - After winning their first spring game of the year, the Astros fail to win their next 19 Grapefruit League contests until beating the Reds, 4-2, behind six shutout innings from Russ Ortiz. It comes the same day as the Astros sign catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez to a one-year deal. The 37-year-old Rodriguez is a 14-time All-Star with 13 Gold Gloves and fills a need as none of the other catchers in camp were hitting above .200 in spring action.
May 17, 2009 - Ivan Rodriguez belts the 300th homer of his career in a 6-5 victory at Chicago. Wrigley fans toss back the momento, much to the catcher's delight. Chris Sampson picks up his first career save but does so only after allowing two runs in the ninth and needing Jeff Keppinger to catch a screaming liner with two men on for the final out. Sampson was pressed into service after three Houston relievers had been sent to the Disabled List and a fourth was dinged up the day before.
May 29, 2009 - Brian Moehler tosses a complete game for the first time in nine years as he tops Pittsburgh, 6-1, to snap a seven-game losing streak. Edwin Maysonet, in just his third big league start, becomes the offensive star with his first major league homer, two doubles, four hits and four RBIs. Ivan Rodriguez chips in three hits as well.
Jun 17, 2009 - Ivan Rodriguez sets the record for most games caught in a big league career (2,227) but he commits two errors that help the Rangers outlast Houston, 5-4, in ten innings. Hunter Pence notches four hits including two doubles and a solo homer.