By Will Yoder
April 23, 2012

Longtime Texas Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez will announce his official retirement today at a 3 p.m. ET news conference in Arlington, Texas, according to AOL Sporting News.

After his announcement today, the 13-Gold Glove winner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Rangers Ballpark before tonight's game, which will start the three-game series between the Rangers and Yankees.

Rodriquez had hoped to continue his MLB career this season as four teams did show interest in signing him.  However, no opportunity developed for the future Hall of Famer.

In his 21-year career, Rodriguez spent the majority of his time with the Rangers (1991-2002; 2009), along with several short stints with the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and, most recently, the Washington Nationals.  Today, he will officially retire with 2,844 hits, 311 homers and a .296 average.

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