MIAMI — ‘Memba Pudge Rodriguez?
When it came to baseball, the catcher of the 2003 World Champs Florida Marlins never missed an opportunity to shine.
In real estate, however, he dropped this pitch.
A Miami Beach mansion that Pudge – a.k.a. Ivan Rodriguez – bought in 2001 for a “mere” $5 million then sold for $8 million five years later is back on the market.
Price tag: $22.5 million!Pudge
On barely one acre of land.
Of course, the property at 6385 Pinetree Drive Circle, at the northeast end of Alton and North Bay roads, changed hands and was remodeled several times since Pudge’s days.
And believe it or not, the price on the listing first published this morning is $2.5 million lower than its original 2015 listing.
Still, not bad for a 1937 house!
So, what do you get for this kind of money these days?
It’s got a view over Indian Creek and 175 feet of dock space. There are nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms spread over more than 10,000 square feet, a 22,000- gallon pool, a koi pond, sculptured gardens, a gym and a wine cellar.
The crib was sold last in August 2016 to a British businessman for $19 million — nearly four time what the baseball paid for in 2001.
Pudge, now 46, is no doubt best remembered for his dramatic ending of the National League Division Series in 2003 against the San Francisco Giants. He held on to the ball during a collision at the plate with J.T. Snow, sending the Marlins into the next round against the Chicago Cubs and the World Series against the Yankees.
As of late, Rodriguez has been involved with post-hurricane reconstruction in his native Puerto Rico.