Miami Marlins All-Time Top 50 Players

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 30: Steve Cishek #31 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at Turner Field on August 30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Liles/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 30: Steve Cishek #31 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at Turner Field on August 30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Liles/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO – AUGUST 23 : Eric Young #21 of the San Francisco Giants slides over home plate into catcher Ivan Rodriguez #7 of the Florida Marlins. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) /

47. Ivan Rodriguez (4.5)

Ivan Rodriguez is a 5’9″, 205 lb. Hall of Fame catcher from Manati, Puerto Rico. He made his major league debut in 1991 for the Texas Rangers, and finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year vote.

Rodriguez spent a total of a dozen seasons with the Rangers in his first turn with them, making 10 all star teams, winning 10 Gold Gloves, six Silver Sluggers, and the 1999 AL Most Valuable Player award.

Rodriguez tested free agency for the first time prior to the 2003 season, and signed a one-year, $10 million deal to play for the Marlins. Although he spent only one season with the Fish, Rodriguez earned enough Wins Above Replacement to place 47th on this list, with 4.5.

Rodriguez slashed .297/.369/.474 for the Marlins in 144 contests. He hit 16 home runs with 85 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He also threw out 20-of-60 would-be base stealers during his time behind the plate.

In helping the Marlins to their second World Series title, Rodriguez went 21-for-67 at the plate, with five doubles, three homers, and 17 RBI in 16 games. He was best in the seven-game series win over the Chicago Cubs, during which he collected five singles, two doubles, two homers, and 10 RBI.

After the season, Rodriguez left the Marlins through free agency to sign with the Detroit Tigers. He played four and a half seasons there, followed by half of a year with the New York Yankees, a year split between the Houston Astros and the Rangers, and two seasons with the Washington Nationals.

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