CLOSE
They Call Me Pudge
They Call Me Pudge

They Call Me Pudge

My Life Playing the Game I Love
By Ivan Rodriguez, By Jeff Sullivan, Foreword by Nolan Ryan, Foreword by Jim Leyland

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $34.95)

ISBN 9781629373942

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Aug 2017)

eBook

eBook Editions Available

Will it work on my eReader?
Out of Stock. Cloth and E-book editions are available.
Google Preview
9781629373942
Media Copy

Overview

With 14 All-Star appearances, 13 Gold Gloves, a Most Valuable Player Award, and, of course, a World Series ring, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez has more than earned his spot in Cooperstown as one of the best Major League catchers of all time. In They Call Me Pudge, Rodriguez tells the story of his unforgettable baseball journey, from signing his first professional contract as a 16 year-old in Puerto Rico, to his years in Texas, Detroit, and beyond, to the World Series stage in Miami, and behind the doors of the Texas Rangers front office. Rodriguez's accomplishments, his teammates, and his biggest challenges all receive time in the spotlight in this refreshing memoir of a life and Hall-of-Fame career.

Author Biography

Widely regarded as one of baseball's all-time great defensive catchers, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Washington Nationals during his 20-year Hall-of-Fame playing career. He was named the American League MVP in 1999 and won a World Series championship with the Florida Marlins in 2003. The 14-time all-star and 13-time Gold Glove winner was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, and he now serves as special assistant to the general manager for the Texas Rangers. He was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 2017. Jeff Sullivan is a columnist and feature writer for the Dallas Cowboys as well as the editorial director at Panini America. His first book, America's Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys, was published in 2010. He lives in Arlington, Texas.  The all-time leader in strikeouts and no-hitters, Nolan Ryan pitched in the major leagues from 1966 to 1993 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Jim Leyland managed the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies, and Tigers.

Press Releases

They Call Me Pudge

My Life Playing the Game I Love

By Ivan Rodriguez with Jeff Sullivan

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez won just about everything someone could win in baseball during his wildly successful 20-year career. As a World Series Champion, American League MVP, 14-time all-star, 13-time Gold Glove winner and now Hall-of-Famer, Pudge didn’t simply play baseball; he lived it, working every single day to be the best player he could be.

 

In They Call Me Pudge: My Life Playing the Game I Love, (Triumph Books, August 1, 2017), Pudge reflects on his life, career and undeniable passion for baseball. From his call-up at 18 years old to achieving his lifelong goal of being inducted first-ballot into the baseball Hall of Fame, Pudge recounts his storied career as one of baseball’s best catchers of all time. Highlights include:

 

  • Heartfelt forewords by former Texas Rangers pitcher, Nolan Ryan and Jim Leyland, former Tigers manager
  • Pudge’s first-hand account of his Hall of Fame induction
  • Breaking into the Major League as a young catcher and the best players he’s played with along the way
  • The best moments of his career, including his MVP season and World Series championship
  • Personal anecdotes of Pudge’s life and career from the people who know him best in baseball and in life

 

In They Call Me Pudge, Rodriguez tells the story of his unforgettable baseball journey, from signing his first professional contract as a 16 year-old in Puerto Rico, to his years in Texas, Detroit and beyond, to the World Series stage in Miami and behind the doors of the Texas Rangers front office. Rodriguez's accomplishments, his teammates and his biggest challenges all receive time in the spotlight in this refreshing memoir of a life and Hall-of-Fame career.

 

About the Author:

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Washington Nationals during his 20-year Hall-of-Fame playing career. He was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, and he now serves as special assistant to the general manager for the Texas Rangers. He was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 2017.

 

Jeff Sullivan is a columnist and feature writer for the Dallas Cowboys as well as the editorial director at Panini America. He lives in Arlington, Texas.

 

###