San Francisco Giants: Barry Bonds and My IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

By Michael Saltzman
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Ivan Rodriguez
68.4 Career WAR, .296/.334/.464/.798, 2844 hits, 311 HR’s, 1332 RBI’s

Ivan Rodriguez was the best defensive catcher in the game throughout his career. In 21 seasons, the 14 time All-Star won 13 Gold Gloves as well as seven Silver Slugger awards. He also won the Most Valuable Player award in 1999. His impact on the field led to wins as well. He was instrumental in turning around the 2003 Florida Marlins and leading them to the World Series. He was also accused of steroid use during his time with the Texas Rangers by former teammate Jose Canseco. Despite never being suspended, he joins the list of those who may be looked at as untouchable by some voters. If you base the vote on his on field production and impact, there is no doubt he is one of the greatest catchers to ever play the game.