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NEW YORK —Ivan Rodriguez plans to announce his retirement Monday, ending a
21-year major league career that included a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher. Daniel Fells Jersey . A person familiar with
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announcement. A 14-time All-Star known as Pudge, Rodriguez spent his first 12
major league seasons with the Rangers and won the 1999 American League MVP with
Texas, when he hit .332 with 35 homers and 113 RBIs. He returned to the Rangers
briefly in 2009. Rodriguez becomes the third longtime catcher to retire since
last season ended, joining Jorge Posada and Jason Varitek. Rodriguez finishes
with a .296 batting average, 2,884 hits, 311 home runs and 1,332 RBIs. He broke
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hit .300 or better 10 times. He was a World Series champion with the Florida
Marlins in 2003. Now 40, Rodriguez spent the last two seasons with the
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over northeastern Japan after the launch.SAN DIEGO —LaDainian Tomlinson was in
the midst of saying goodbye to the NFL when his young son, Daylen, wandered
across the dais and tugged on his pant leg, wanting a little attention.
Tomlinson reached down and lifted him up, holding him as carefully as he used to
carry the football. Joined by his family and several former teammates, Tomlinson
ended his brilliant 11-year NFL career the same way he started it—with the
San Diego Chargers. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers on
Monday and then announced his retirement. “It wasnt because I didnt want to play
anymore. It was simply time to move on,” Tomlinson said. Tomlinson rushed for
13,684 yards, fifth all-time, and scored 162 touchdowns, third-most ever. His
145 rushing touchdowns are second-most in history. He also passed for seven
touchdowns. Just as importantly, he helped the Chargers dig out from one of
their worst stretches to become a force in the AFC West. He played his first
nine seasons with San Diego and the last two years with the New York Jets.
Tomlinson, who turns 33 on Saturday, said he knew at the end of last season that
hed probably retire. He said he was still physically capable of playing but
mentioned the mental toll it takes to play at a high level. Tomlinson didnt shed
any tears, as he did two years ago after being released by the Chargers. L.T.
recalled the news conference in 2006 when former teammate Junior Seau announced
his first retirement. “He said, Im graduating today. Ive been playing football
20-some years and so at some point it almost seems like school every year where
you sacrifice so much and there is so much you put on the line, mentally and
physically, with your body, everything,” Tomlinson said. “So today, I take the
words of Junior Seau: I feel like Im graduating. I really do, because Ive got my
life ahead of me, Im healthy, Im happy with a great family and Im excited to now
be a fan and watch you guys play.” Seau, who committed suicide on May 2, came
out of retirement a few times to play for the New England Patriots. Tomlinson
said this is it for him. Tomlinson said he has special memories even though the
Chargers never got to the Super Bowl during his time with them. His most
memorable moment with San Diego came on Dec. 10, 2006, when he swept into the
end zone late in a game against the Denver Broncos for his third touchdown of
the afternoon to break Shaun Alexanders year-old record of 28 touchdowns. His
linemen hoisted him onto their shoulders and carried him toward the sideline,
with Tomlinson holding the ball high in his right hand and waving his left index
finger, while the fans chanted “L.T.! L.T.!” and “MVP! MVP!” Tomlinson was voted
NFL MVP that season, when he set league single-season records with 31
touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points. “Those were championship days,
for not only myself and my teammates, but my family as well,” said Tomlinson,
who won two NFL rushing titles. “So Im OK with never winning a Super Bowl
championship. I know weve got many memories that we can call championship days.
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joined on the dais by wife LaTorsha, mother Loreane, son Daylen, who turns 2
next month, and 9-month-old daughter Dayah. Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates were
among the several former teammates in the crowd, as were offensive linemen
Nick Hardwick, Jeromey Clary and recently retired Kris Dielman. Also in
attendance was Ryan Mathews, who replaced Tomlinson as the Chargers featured
back in 2010. Tomlinson said of his offensive linemen, “They were my best
friends.” Dielman retired in March due to a concussion. “I was a part of
greatness,” Dielman said of Tomlinsons career. “And it was awesome to be a part
of it. It was awesome to watch. I mean, I had the best seat in the house. It was
a fun time.” Rivers became the Chargers starter in 2006 after Drew Brees was
allowed to leave as a free agent. “He carried us,” Rivers said of Tomlinson. “He
had such a calming effect on the huddle, on myself. When things werent going
good we could always hand it to him. When I was struggling a bit during the
first half of that season, it was never, Cmon, youve got to get it together. It
was just like, Youre good, keep going. I tend to get excited but the game was
slow for him. That part was certainly appreciated as a young player.” Team
President Dean Spanos said few players have had a bigger role or meant more to
the team and the city than Tomlinson. Spanos recalled being told by then-general
manager John Butler on the day before the 2001 draft that the Chargers had
traded the No. 1 overall pick to Atlanta for a package that included the No. 5
overall pick. “I said, Great, and then asked him who he liked with the fifth
pick. I clearly remember him telling me, Well, theres this great running back
from TCU who could help us. “Its funny now, but I also remember asking him, Is
he any good? And I remember that John said, Yeah, hes going to be something
special. I wish John was here today so I could thank him for making what has
probably become the most significant trade in the history of the San Diego
Chargers.” Butler died in 2003. Spanos said no other Chargers player will wear
Tomlinsons No. 21, and that a retirement ceremony will be held sometime in the
future. Tomlinson and Spanos both signed the ceremonial one-day contract. “I
didnt even check how much it was for. It was worth it,” Spanos quipped. “People
and players like LaDainian Tomlinson dont come around very often, if at all,”
Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson said in a statement. “His humility and work
ethic made it clear why he will be remembered as one of the games best players.
Without question, his next stop will be the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” Jets GM
Mike Tannenbaum said Tomlinson “never took one day for granted when it came to
any aspect of his performance. His commitment drew his teammates to him and
elevated everyone that came in contact with him.” ’ ’ ’ 

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