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Counting down Ranger All Star performances -- #9, Pudge Rodriguez/Will Clark

Continuing our series on the top ten All Star performances by Rangers players, today we look at #9, the Pudge Rodriguez/Will Clark combo in the 1994 All Star Game.

The 1994 Major League Baseball All Star Game was held on July 12, 1994, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.  

1994 was a breakout year for the 22 year old Pudge.  He had debuted in 1991, and while he'd made the All Star team the two previous seasons, until 1994 he was primarily a defensive specialist, putting up a .266/.301/.379 line in his career to that point.  The strike-shortened 1994 season, however, saw Pudge take a big step forward with the bat, as he put up a .298/.360/.488 line that year.

Will Clark, meanwhile, was in his first season as a Ranger, being signed as a free agent in a controversial deal in which he replaced Rafael Palmeiro as the Rangers' first baseman, resulting in Palmeiro (who wanted to come back to Texas, but whose salary demands were more than the Rangers wanted to pay, resulting in Texas giving Clark a 5 year, $25 million deal that Palmeiro probably would have accepted in lieu of going elsewhere if he'd known that was the bottom line) calling Randy Galloway's radio show and ripping the organization and Tom Scheiffer.

Will Clark, making his sixth, and final, All Star Game appearance, came into the game in the bottom of the sixth in place of starter Frank Thomas.  Clark went 2 for 2, singling off of Phillies starter Danny Jackson in the 7th and again off of Cubs' reliever Randy Myers in the 9th, and even throwing in a steal of second base.

Pudge, making the third of many All Star appearances, caught the entire 10 inning game -- there was only one backup catcher, Mickey Tettleton, and he was used as a pinch hitter for the American League's pitcher in the 7th.  Pudge acquitted himself well.  He singled off of reliever John Hudek to lead off the 7th with the A.L. down, 5-4, and ultimately scored the tying run that inning on a Scott Cooper double.*  Then, in the top of the 10th inning, with one out and Ruben Sierra on first base, Pudge singled off of Doug Jones.

*  Yes, John Hudek and Scott Cooper were All Stars.

 The A.L. ultimately fell 8-7, when Tony Gwynn led off the 10th inning with a single off of Jason Bere, and the next batter, Moises Alou, doubled him home for the walk-off win.  

Still, Clark and Rodriguez combined for four hits, a more than respectable showing for the Rangers, and their combined efforts were enough to make this the #9 Ranger All Star performance.