Ivan Rodriguez is working out daily to keep his 40-year-old body in shape, hoping he’ll get a chance to play this season.
The 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove catcher insists he’s not ready to retire - yet.
“I can still play,’’ Rodriguez said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday from his home in Miami. “But it has been a tough market for veterans.
“There are a lot of guys who have won championships and have playoff experience to offer teams with no jobs. It’s hard to believe.’‘
Rodriguez, Roy Oswalt, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordonez and Jason Varitek are among the big names available.
...He has 2,844 career hits - another record for a catcher - and said being in the 3,000-hit club is “absolutely’’ important to him, saying the milestone motivates him to work out harder.
“Of course, I would love to get 3,000 hits and win another World Series before I hang up my spikes and glove,’’ said Rodriguez, who helped the Marlins win it all in 2003. “But I am not a person to just follow numbers. I just want to go to the ballpark every day to help a team win and to work with a pitching staff.’‘
Posted: February 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
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