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End of the line for Pudge?

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08:16 AM ET 01.20 | In your mid-30s and with a career of playing a demanding position behind you is a tough place to be when, like Pudge Rodriguez, you're looking for work. Rodriguez, by all accounts, isn't ready to retire. He ranks second to [Derek Jeter] among active players with 2,844 hits, and he has a strong desire to reach 3,000. ... Unless Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria gets all warm and fuzzy and decides to bring Rodriguez back to Florida for old time's sake, it's hard to find a fit for Pudge. The Nationals have moved in a different direction with Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores. The Dodgers, Mets, Rays and Athletics are among the teams that could stand to upgrade their catching -- even with the addition of a backup -- but they've all taken a pass.

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January 20, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Mid 30s? He's Forty and had 27 hits last year. He'll never reach 3000.

January 20, 2012  08:36 AM ET

I feel fortunate that I watched him in his prime.

January 20, 2012  08:45 AM ET

He was pretty good.

January 20, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Saw Pudge many, many times. I can't remember a catcher over the past 20 years with a better arm. He could have been a pitcher. Great bad-ball hitter, too. HOF material.

January 20, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Pudge needs to sign with texas as either a back up or a DH. Than retire as a Ranger.

January 20, 2012  09:32 AM ET

In a perfect world Pudge would get a chance to get to 3K, with a team like Detroit giving him a shot to play first( if he could make the team out of spring training ). Alas, this is not a perfect world, for if it was, the Chicago Cubs would be defending Champs ;)

January 20, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Sorry, Pudge but there aren't any PEDs that will make you any younger.

January 20, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Sorry, Pudge but there aren't any PEDs that will make you any younger.

True, but he got his moneys worth out of that era.

January 20, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Mid 30s? He's Forty and had 27 hits last year. He'll never reach 3000.

Well, it's not like he was playing every game or anything. If he could get more playing time, he might get there in a couple of years.

January 20, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Morning TBR - I like the new avatar.

January 20, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Morning TBR - I like the new avatar.

Thank you sir!

January 20, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Look at how puny he looks now. Pudge? That no longer fits him obviously. Once the steroid scandal hit he disappeared.

January 20, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Saw Pudge many, many times. I can't remember a catcher over the past 20 years with a better arm. He could have been a pitcher. Great bad-ball hitter, too. HOF material.

+1

January 20, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Saw Pudge many, many times. I can't remember a catcher over the past 20 years with a better arm. He could have been a pitcher. Great bad-ball hitter, too. HOF material.

Yup... And he will be one of those from the juice era that gets in the HOF.

January 20, 2012  10:54 AM ET

I wouldn't vote for him for HoF, I believe he used.

January 20, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I wouldn't vote for him for HoF, I believe he used.

+1

January 20, 2012  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Yup... And he will be one of those from the juice era that gets in the HOF.

Not so sure about that. McGwire is not in. I think that whole era of players is under a different standard. And the should be.

January 20, 2012  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Look at how puny he looks now. Pudge? That no longer fits him obviously. Once the steroid scandal hit he disappeared.

The last TEN years of his career he hit a total of 64 homeruns. An average of 6.4 a year, and that includes ten years ago when he hit 13 home runs.
I don't think he meets the standard for HOF now any way you look at it. Catchers do have the weakest batting totals as a rule of all entries. Still, I don't think he ever gets in.

January 20, 2012  11:42 AM ET

if he could find a team who could use him as everyday catcher,, then he may be able to reach the milestone, about the pirates? perhaps the indians??

 
January 20, 2012  12:25 PM ET

Being as he can no longer stick himself w/a rig of steriods or hgh / STICK A FORK IN HIM-he's probably done !!!

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