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Rangers catcher Rodriguez wins 10th straight Gold Glove

November 7, 2001

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Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez won his 10th straight Gold Glove award Tuesday, tying his idol Johnny Bench for the most by a catcher.

"I can see him winning 12, 13, maybe as many as 14," said Bench, the former Cincinnati star and Hall of Famer. "I don't see why he would stop. He wants to be behind the plate. He thrives on it."

The only thing that might stop Rodriguez's streak is a position change. Wear and tear behind the plate has led some good-hitting catchers, like Bench, to switch positions to extend their careers.

Rodriguez joined Atlanta right-hander Greg Maddux, and Cleveland second baseman Roberto Alomar as Gold Glove record-setters.

Maddux extended his NL record for pitchers by winning his 12th straight Gold Glove. He trails only Jim Kaat, who won the award 16 times.

Alomar passed former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg with his 10th Gold Glove, the most for that position.

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