Albert Fernando Rodney (born March 18, 1977) is a Dominican Major League Baseball closer for the Tampa Bay Rays. Rodney throws a fastball in 94-98 mph, which topping out at 100 mph and a changeup in low 80s.
Professional career 
Minor leagues 
Rodney was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1997. He spent 1999–2003 in the minor leagues, moving from the Gulf Coast League to the International League. Rodney underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2003 season (which he spent in the minor leagues). He spent the 2004 season recovering and failed to make the Tigers opening day roster after 2005 spring training.
Detroit Tigers (2002-2009) 
Rodney made his Major League league debut 2002 at the age of 25 and split his time between the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens and the Tigers from 2002–2005.
In 2005, Rodney became the Tigers closer after Troy Percival went down with an arm injury and his replacement, Kyle Farnsworth, was traded at mid-season to the Atlanta Braves. He was called up from Toledo after Farnsworth was traded, then settled into the closer role, earning nine saves in 39 total appearances, during which he racked up a 2.86 earned run average.
When the Tigers signed closer Todd Jones during the 2006 off-season, Rodney was reinserted into a middle relief/setup role. Rodney embraced the role as the Tigers proceeded to have their most successful season in recent history.
On July 3, 2006, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California, Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya, and Rodney each threw multiple fastballs clocked in at over 100 mph, becoming the first time in MLB history that three pitchers on the same team had done so during one game. Rodney was part of the 2006 World Series roster, the first trip of Rodney's career to the MLB postseason tournament finals. The Tigers would end up losing the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rodney started 2008 on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. He re-joined the big league club in mid-June. On July 27, Rodney was announced as the Tigers' new closer, replacing Todd Jones.
Following the 2009 season, the Tigers offered arbitration to Rodney, which he rejected to pursue a multi-year deal. He was expected to be one of the more valuable closers on the market because as a "Type B" free agent, he would only cost teams a supplementary draft pick. His 1.40 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio ranked first that year among free-agent closers. Originally, the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies were rumored to be interested in signing Rodney. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were also reported to be in serious discussions with his agent.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2010-2011) 
On December 24, 2009, Rodney signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Although he closed for the Detroit Tigers in 2009, "Rodney is expected to share setup duties with Scot Shields and Kevin Jepsen and close on a fill-in basis when Brian Fuentes is down," the LA Times reported.
Rodney states, "I think I'm a different pitcher in save situations," referring to his lower ERA in save situations. He filled in April for Angels' closer Brian Fuentes when he went on the disabled list with a strained back.
Three days after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traded Brian Fuentes on August 27, 2010 to the Minnesota Twins, it was officially announced that Rodney would be the new closer by manager Mike Scioscia. On April 5, 2011, Rodney was replaced by Jordan Walden as the full time closer.
In late September 2011, Rodney became frustrated after a lack of relief appearances and asked Angels general manager Tony Reagins for a trade.
Tampa Bay Rays (2012-present) 
Rodney signed a $1.75 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2012 season. While Kyle Farnsworth was on the 60-day disabled list, Rodney performed in the closer role and has maintained that role since Farnsworth has returned from his injury. He was selected on July 6 to participate in his first ever All-Star Game. On that date, he had converted 24 of 25 save opportunities. At the end of the 2012 season, Rodney had converted 48 saves, the second most that season behind Jim Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles. His 0.60 earned run average for the season was the lowest by a qualifying relief pitcher in major league history.
On October 19, 2012, Rodney was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year and the Delivery Man of the Year. During his time with the Rays, Rodney appeared to shoot an arrow to high center field after converting a save as his celebration taunt. He is also known for wearing his cap tilted.
See also 
- ^ FanGraphs Fernando Rodney Pitch FX
- ^ http://www.sportsmogul.com/Encyclopedia/Players/r/rodnefe01.html
- ^ Beck, Jason (December 1, 2009). "Tigers offer arbitration to Rodney, Lyon".
- ^ Beck, Jason (December 8, 2009). "Lyon, Rodney turn down arbitration".
- ^ Stark, Jayson (December 22, 2009). "Sources: Angels, Phils talking to Rodney". espn.com.
- ^ Spencer, Lyle (December 24, 2009). "Source: Angels, Rodney finalize two-year deal". MLB.com.
- ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (February 23, 2010). "Fernando Rodney will clock in as setup man for Angels". Los Angeles Times.
- ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (April 17, 2010). "Angels' Fernando Rodney seemingly works better under pressure". Los Angeles Times.
- ^ http://www.twincities.com/ci_15916633?source=most_viewed&nclick_check=1
- ^ Bolch, Ben (August 28, 2010). "Angels' Fernando Rodney gets early pitching promotion". The Los Angeles Times.
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- ^ Sanchez, Jesse (6 July 2012). "Rosters unveiled for 83rd All-Star Game". MLB.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- ^ Rays closer Fernando Rodney gets one out, sets record for relief ERA
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