The Rangers have announced that they will retire Ivan Rodriguez’s No. 7 on August 12. Pudge will be inducted into the Hall of Fame a couple of weeks before that.
Rodriguez played for six different teams, but 13 of his 21 seasons came with the Rangers and his best seasons certainly did too. In a Rangers uniform he hit .304/.341/.488 with 217 of his 31 big league homers and 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves.
The Rangers have only retired two other numbers: Nolan Ryan’s 34 and Johnny Oates’ 26. Pudge will be the third.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.