Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez broke the record last night for most games caught, passing Carlton Fisk with 2,227 games. Pudge played for the Rangers from 1991-2002. He played for the Marlins in 2003, winning a World Series. From 2004-part of 2008 Rodriguez played for the Tigers, winning the AL Pennant in 2006. Rodriguez played for the Yankees the other part of 2008. Now Rodriguez is playing for the Astros. This will take a look at the top five opponents Rodriguez faced, top five ballparks Rodriguez played in, and the top five pitchers that Rodriguez caught the most strikeouts from.
Rodriguez has played 166 games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The last time he played them was in 2008. From 1991-2002, Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers who are also in the AL West.
Pudge caught 166 games against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox were the first opponent Rodriguez caught against. Pudge played in the AL Central with the Tigers from 2004-2008.
Rodriguez caught 171 games against the Twins. Pudge will face the Twins starting Wednesday when the Astros visit for a three game series.
Rodriguez caught 173 games against his former division rival, the Seattle Mariners. Pudge last played against them in 2008 as member of the Tigers and Yankees.
Rodriguez caught 174 games against the Royals. Pudge last visited them in 2008 but the Astros host the Royals from June 23-25.
Rodriguez caught 86 games in the Metrodome. Pudge played their last season as a member of the Yankees and Tigers. Rodriguez will visit the Metrodome June 19-21.
Rodriguez caught 90 games in Kauffman Stadium. His last visit was in 2008 as a member of the Tigers and Yankees.
This was Rodriguez's first home ballpark from 1991-1993. Pudge caught 172 games in Arlington Stadium.
This was Pudge's home ballpark from 2004-2008. Pudge caught 308 games at Comerica.
This was Rodriguez's home ballpark from 1994-2002. Pudge caught 591 games in the Ballpark in Arlington. This was the ballpark that Rodriguez tied and broke Carlton Fisk record for most games caught.
Ivan Rodriguez has batted in every position at least 28 times in his career. Pudge has batted sixth the most, doing so in 524 games. He batted second in 494 games and third in 488 games.
Rodriguez caught 453 strikeouts from Roger Pavlik. Pavlik played for the Rangers from 1992-1998.
Rodriguez caught 458 strikeouts from Nate Robertson. Pudge played for the Tigers from 2004-2008.
Rodriguez caught 506 strikeouts from Rick Helling. Pudge and Helling were teammates on the Rangers from 1994-2001 and with the Marlins in 2003.
Rodriguez caught 571 strikeouts from Jeremy Bonderman. Pudge and Bonderman were teammates in Detroit from 2004-2008.
Kenny Rogers pitched 750 strikeouts to Rodriguez. Pudge and Rogers were teammates on the Rangers from 1991-1995 and 2000-2002. They also were teammates on the Tigers from 2006-2008.