According to Bill Ladson of mlb.com, Ivan Rodriguez is eager to help young Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos become an established starter in the big leagues and will mentor him for the remainder of this season:
“Riggleman had a conversation with Rodriguez on Friday, when the latter was told of the team’s plan. At first, Riggleman assumed Rodriguez would have a tough transition from being a starting catcher to becoming a bench player. To Riggleman’s surprise, Rodriguez took the news well and said he wants to stay with the Nationals beyond 2011.
Rodriguez wants to play three or four more years in the big leagues and would like to collect career hit No. 3,000. Rodriguez needs 181 hits to reach that milestone.”
It’s a shame that Pudge is in the twilight of his career, because the league needs more guys like him. Consummate professionals; veterans who know their place and realize that their best years are behind them but that they still have a lot that they can bring to the game. It will be very fun to watch this develop, as Pudge was the best defensive catcher during the era of baseball I grew up watching.