Summer may be bereft of professional and college football and the NBA, but it means that the Hall of Fame for the NFL and MLB will be admitting new members. This summer, two of Dallas’ most successful sports stars punched their ticket to the elite club.
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility after playing for the Rangers for 11 years in the 90s and early 2000s, with a brief appearance in Arlington in 2009. The 14-time All-Star never won any championships the Rangers, but won a World Series and was one of the key performers with the Florida Marlins in 2003 the year after he left the Rangers. Dallas Mayor MikeRawlings has named this entire week “Pudge Week” for the 13-time Gold Glove winning catcher, as if a day wasn’t enough. It seems Pudge was pretty pumped about it.
— Ivan Pudge Rodriguez (@Pudge_Rodriguez) January 18, 2017
That isn’t all, though. Usually, an athlete has to retire and wait five years before they can be voted on for the Hall of Fame, but apparently that doesn’t apply to front office staff. Though many wish he would retire, Jerry Jones is still very much involved in his ownership of the world’s richest sports franchise, but despite his lack of retirement, he was admitted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame this summer as well. Jones hasn’t won much lately, but did revolutionize the way the league and its owners could make money from stadium and sponsorship deals.