It was pretty close between Pudge Rodriguez and Nolan Ryan.
In the end, the 12 years of service with Texas put Pudge on top.
Rodriguez entered the league in 1991 as a defensive catcher who had some work to do on offense.
Over the next few years, Pudge must have worked on it because he hit over .300 for eight consecutive seasons beginning in 1995.
Pudge is in the only other catcher whom people will mention in the same paragraph as Johnny Bench.
Rodriguez won 13 Gold Glove awards, including 10 in a row with the Rangers from 1992 to 2001, and remains one of the only catchers who can claim to throw out Rickey Henderson twice in one game.
Pudge will be remembered for the great baseball play yes, but will also be remembered for what he did for the Texas franchise in the eyes of baseball. He led Texas to their first, second and third AL West titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999.
Rodriguez will be very hard to unseat from the his throne atop the Rangers all-time list.