Ivan Rodriguez elected to Latino Baseball Hall of Fame

All-time catching great to be inducted on December 5 in the Dominican Republic

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, who excelled as one of the baseball's all-time catching greats in his 21-year major league major league career, has been elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made on Friday afternoon in a live broadcast on MLB Network.

Rodriguez was elected to the 7th class of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame representing players of the modern era. He will be inducted with the five other members of the class of 2016 on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Casa de Campo Resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The class of 2016:

Puerto Rico: Ivan Rodriguez

Colombia-Edgar Renteria

Cuba-Orlando Hernandez

Dominican Republic-Sammy Sosa

Mexico-Jesse Orosco

Venezuela-Omar Vizquel

Elected to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2013, Rodriguez currently is a Special Assistant to the General Manager with the Rangers as well as a pre and post-game analyst on FOX Sports Southwest.

Signed by Texas as an amateur free agent in 1988, Rodriguez batted .304 with 217 homers and 842 RBI in 1507 career games as a Ranger. He is second in club history in hits (1747), doubles (352), and multi-hit games (490) and ranks third in at bats (5754), triples (28), and homers.

Rodriguez was the 1999 American League Most Valuable Player, when he batted .332 with 35 homers and 113 RBI as he helped lead the Rangers to the three A.L. West Division titles in a four-year span. His 1999 performance remains the only time that a catcher has posted minimums of a .330 average, 35 homers, 110 RBI, and 110 runs scored in a single season. Rodriguez hit .300 or better in each of his final eight seasons with the Rangers (1995-2002).

Rodriguez, who made his major league debut with Texas on June 20, 1991 at the age of 19, had a career average of .296 with 311 home runs and 1332 RBI in 2543 games with the Rangers (1991-2002; 2009), Marlins (2003), Tigers (2004-08), Yankees (2008), Astros (2009), and Nationals (2010-11). He joins Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, George Brett, and Stan Musial as the only players in major league history with career minimums of a .295 batting average, 2800 hits, 550 doubles, 300 home runs, and 1300 RBI.

The all-time major league leader with 2427 games caught, Rodriguez earned an all-time record 13 Rawlings Gold Gloves for his defensive work behind the plate, including 10 in a row with the Rangers from 1992-2001 while throwing out nearly 42% of runners attempting to steal in his career. The right-handed hitter batted .300 or better in ten different seasons with five years of 20+ home runs. Rodriguez is a 14-time All-Star who started a major league record 12 Midsummer classics, including nine straight with Texas from 1993-2001.

Rodriguez announced his retirement as an active player after a 21-year All-Star career on April 23, 2012 at Globe Life Park in Arlington and was honored in a ceremony that evening prior to the Rangers game with the New York Yankees. He re-joined the Rangers as Special Assistant to the General Manager/Instructor/Ambassador in February 2013.