With his customary number 7 having been retired by the Yankees for Mickey Mantle, Rodríguez changed his jersey number to 12. On April 8, he set a Marlins single game record by drawing five walks in a game against the New York Mets. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Rosa reported that "He showed leadership at 16 that I'd seen in few kids. Rodríguez represented Puerto Rico in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He also played for Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and was named to the classic's All-World Baseball Classic team. "[3] Rodríguez signed a contract with the Texas Rangers in July 1988, at the age of 16, and began his professional baseball career. [42] He returned to action in a "sudden death" game for the final postseason space, but the team lost and was eliminated. Rodríguez also threw out the ceremonial first pitch during the Rangers home game against the New York Yankees. This was his eighth season in a row with batting average of .300 or above. For the season, he batted .276 with 14 home runs and 50 runs batted in. [52] In a postgame interview, Pudge reacted that "[e]verybody [was] impressed with what this kid did. He also played in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (LBPRC) over the offseason.[8]. Playing in the Puerto Rico Winter League, he had a .262 batting average playing in 17 games for Mayagüez. Just as comfortable as he is making a name for himself, not living off his father’s. [27], Prior to the 2005 season, Jose Canseco, in his controversial book Juiced, claimed to have personally injected Rodríguez with anabolic steroids during their time as teammates on the Texas Rangers. [7] Rodríguez attended Lino Padron Rivera High School, where he was discovered by scout Luis Rosa. Rodríguez won the World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003, and also played in the 2006 World Series while with the Tigers. [29] Rodríguez arrived at spring training in 2005 weighing 193 lbs. Overall, Giants pitchers allowed the Phillies one run in 27 innings, that one coming on Arrieta’s homer off Rodriguez in the third, Philadelphia’s only extra-base hit of the game. Rodríguez was also the first catcher to have more than 30 home runs, 100 runs batted in, and 100 runs scored in the history of Major League Baseball. In his first game, he had three hits in three at-bats (3-for-3) against Spartanburg. Rodríguez played in the Puerto Rican Winter League over the winter, but he suffered a severe knee injury which kept him from playing for the rest of the season. Before the 2004 season Rodríguez signed a 4-year, $40 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. He set a new American League record for home runs in a single season among catchers with 35. [4] Their fifteen-year marriage ended in 2006, and Rodríguez married Colombia native Patricia Gómez in 2007. In 2007, Rodríguez walked in only 1.8 percent of his plate appearances, the lowest percentage in the major leagues. He later returned to the Rangers and played there for the remainder of the season. He played baseball as a catcher in major league baseball and was regarded as … With veteran starters Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija on the disabled list, the Giants have had to dip into their farm system and were rewarded with outstanding performances over the weekend. On April 10 against Boston, he got his 2,500th hit.[39]. If you didn’t watch the video (just a minute and fifteen seconds long), the pièce de résistance — his Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman tattoo, which you can see in the thumbnail image — does not get a spotlight. Rodríguez was the sixth Puerto Rican to win the award, and the fourth player from the Texas Rangers to win it. Rodríguez played in the Puerto Rican Winter League yet again, where he had a .285 batting average, 4 home runs, and 18 runs batted in over the course of 32 games playing for Caguas. By then a major-league veteran of over a decade, he helped lead the young team to victory in the World Series. He also won the Silver Slugger Award for the sixth time in a row and was selected Most Valuable Player by Baseball Digest. [59] Rodríguez was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on February 27, 2014. [43] In the first week of December 2009, Rodríguez re-joined the Criollos de Caguas in the PRBL.[44]. [15], Playing for the Rangers during the 1995 season, Rodríguez led his team in batting, total bases, and doubles, at .303, 221, and 32 respectively. He had his 1000th hit in a game facing the Cleveland Indians on May 10 of that season. Rodríguez has also stated that the Make-a … He chose not to return to the Marlins following the 2003 season. Arrieta held that 1-0 lead until the sixth, when a five-run Giants outburst highlighted by Andrew McCutchen’s three-run homer paved the way for Rodriguez’s first career victory. We’ll never know... unless we bombard the Giants with letters and, uh, angry comments on the YouTube channel. In spring training in 2008 he led the major leagues with eight home runs. This broke the previous mark of 42, set by Mickey Cochrane in 1930. But after a late May call-up, Rodríguez was the team’s best player and in many ways, a building block for the future. He also played for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League during the offseason. He also joined FOX Sports Southwest in 2014 as an analyst for pre and postgame television coverage.[60]. [64] On January 21, 2017, the Rangers announced that they would retire Rodriguez's #7 in a ceremony on August 12, 2017. [32] Asked by a reporter in 2009 whether his name was on the list of 104 players who tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey testing, Rodríguez responded, "Only God knows."[33]. Making his second major league appearance after debuting with a relief stint Tuesday, he became the first San Francisco pitcher to win his initial start since Joe Martinez in 2009. Rodríguez has three children: Dereck, Amanda, and Ivanna. The team could have bought out the option for $3 million and allowed him to become a free agent. [63] On January 18, 2017, Rodríguez was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot, receiving 76% of the vote. Richard Justice of MLB.com argued that he was "unquestionably" a Hall of Fame-caliber player, writing on mlb.com in 2012 that he batted better than .290 with more than 2,500 hits, 550 doubles, 300 home runs, and 1,300 RBI, an accomplishment equaled only by four all-time greats: Hank Aaron, George Brett, Babe Ruth, and Barry Bonds. 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