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Can He Keep It Up?
Jeff Pearlman
February 18, 2002
Season-ending injuries in 2000 and '01 interrupted the most productive offensive stretch of Ivan Rodriguez's 11-year career. In 346 games since the start of the 1999 season, he has batted .328 with 87 home runs, 261 RBIs and a .581 slugging percentage. Last year, however, Rodriguez (above) caught his 1,300th game—a milestone after which the production of some stellar catchers has declined. Here's how five Hall of Famers fared in the three seasons up to and including their 1,300th game behind the plate and in the three seasons thereafter.—David Sabino
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February 18, 2002

Can He Keep It Up?

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Season-ending injuries in 2000 and '01 interrupted the most productive offensive stretch of Ivan Rodriguez's 11-year career. In 346 games since the start of the 1999 season, he has batted .328 with 87 home runs, 261 RBIs and a .581 slugging percentage. Last year, however, Rodriguez (above) caught his 1,300th game—a milestone after which the production of some stellar catchers has declined. Here's how five Hall of Famers fared in the three seasons up to and including their 1,300th game behind the plate and in the three seasons thereafter.
—David Sabino

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