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Frank Rodriguez (baseball)

 

Frank Rodriguez (baseball)

For Frank Rodriguez, the rock organist, see ? & the Mysterians. For the New York Mets closer, see Francisco Rodríguez (baseball, born 1982).
Frank Rodriguez
Pitcher
Born: (1972-12-11) December 11, 1972 (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 26, 1995 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 22, 2001 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Win-loss record 29-39
Earned run average 5.53
Strikeouts 371
Teams

Francisco Rodriguez (born December 11, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York) is a former major league pitcher.

Amateur career

Rodriguez won the Dick Howser Trophy in 1991. At the time of the award, Rodriguez was playing for Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas. As the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for college football, The Dick Howser Trophy is the annual national award for the outstanding collegiate baseball player. Since 1991, no other Junior College Baseball Player has won the award. Rodriguez was an outstanding Shortstop and Pitcher for the Howard College Hawks and he led his team to the 1991 National Junior College World Series Championship held annually in Grand Junction, Colorado.He played baseball in the summer for the Brooklyn Bonnies

Professional career

Rodriguez was drafted as a shortstop by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the 1990 amateur draft. An agreement was reached a few weeks into the 1991 season, after which he was assigned to the Class A short season Elmira Pioneers. When his new teammates greeted him at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, the Brooklyn native was wearing clothes that bore the New York Yankees logo. After Rodriguez advanced to Class A Lynchburg Red Sox, the Red Sox realized he had greater value as a pitcher, a position he quickly began playing. He made his major league debut for the Red Sox in 1995.

Soon after, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for closer Rick Aguilera. He did not pitch well for the Twins, posting a 25-32 record with the team in over three years of service. The Seattle Mariners claimed him off of waivers in May 1999. He played for the Mariners through the end of the 2000 season. He played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2001 and has not pitched in the majors since. He has a career record of 29-39 and an ERA of 5.53.

In 2008 he returned to Pro Baseball playing for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League where he pitched a 2-1 record, with a 7.79 ERA.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube
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