Former catcher Ivan Rodriguez hugs daughters Ivanna Sofia (left) and Amanda Christine at a news conference announcing his retirement in Arlington, Texazs. Rodriguez retired with the Rangers. (Associated Press)
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (left) grew up idolizing Ivan Rodriguez. Ramos, who was acquired from Minnesota in July 2010, quickly took to learning from the 14-time All-Star. Rodriguez announced his retirement Monday, ending his 21-year career. (Associated Press)
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Washington catcher Ivan Rodriguez questions home plate umpire Lance Barksdale after being called out on strikes during the second inning of their 8-0 loss to the Florida Marlins.
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday scores on a double by David Freese as Washington Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez waits for the late throw during the eighth inning of Thursday's game, which the Cards won 5-0. (Associated Press)
ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington Nationals' Ivan Rodriguez (7) gets a high-five from teammate Ian Desmond (6) after Rodriguez hit a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, in Phoenix. For Rodriguez it was the 300th home run in his career while playing catcher.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington Nationals' Adam Dunn (44) is congratulated by Ivan Rodriguez (7) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, in Washington.