The Rangers batted .500 in their efforts to enlarge the team’s Hall of Fame with a pair of Puerto Rican-born stars who helped propel the team to its first three playoff berths.

Ivan Rodriguez further strengthened his post-career ties to the Rangers by adding Hall of Famer to his résumé.

Juan Gonzalez, the two-time MVP winner and perhaps the most talented player to ever wear a Rangers uniform, declinded the honor. Gonzalez “graciously declined” an invitation to also be honored, club officials said.

Gonzalez, who has had virtually no contact with the organization since his last MLB game in 2006, opted not to join the July 19-20 celebration. He gave no reason for the decision, according to team officials. Given his decision, it is unlikely he would be considered again, essentially severing any ties with the Rangers.

Rangers broadcaster and Hall of Famer Tom Grieve, who was the GM when Gonzalez signed, said he was disappointed by the former outfielder’s decision.

“I’m disappointed and saddened,” Grieve said. “He deserves to be there. We recommended him, and the fans would have received it in a very positive way. The fact he declined it makes me wonder if there is not something else going on.”

Said Rodriguez: “It’s unfortunate, but that is his decision. He’s a great person. Sometimes, we just have to respect a person’s decision.”

Gonzalez won two AL MVPs in Texas and was perhaps the greatest prime-of-his-career talent in Rangers history. He unhappily left the club in a trade to Detroit following a disappointing showing in the 1999 AL Division Series against New York, which followed an embarrassing incident in which he refused to participate in the Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, N.Y., which coincided with Nolan Ryan’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.