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5 Yankees Who Have Been Forgotten In History

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 21: Ivan Rodriguez #12 (L) and Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees stand on the field after the last regular season game at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees are playing their final season in the 85 year old ball park and plan on moving into the new Yankee Stadium across the street to start the 09 season. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez (2008)

Hall of Fame catcher Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez is well-known for his time in several different uniforms, but his half-season as a Yankee is often forgotten.

Rodriguez was named an all-star 14 times, including 10 times as a Texas Ranger (1992-2001) and four times with the Detroit Tigers (2004-2007). In 2003, Rodriguez helped the Florida Marlins take down the Yankees in a six-game world series.

Most Yankee fans remember him for that but not his 33 games in Pinstripes during the 2008 season. After Jorge Posada had season-ending surgery, New York traded relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to Detroit to land the 14-time All-Star.

In 33 games, Rodriguez hit just .219 with two home runs and three RBIs. After the season, Rodriguez split the 2009 season between the Astros and Rangers and finished his career, spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Washington Nationals.

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