Luis Rodríguez (baseball)
Rodriguez with the Seattle Mariners
June 27, 1980 |
San Carlos, Cojedes, Venezuela
|May 21, 2005 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through 2011 Season)
|Runs batted in||80|
Luis Orlando Rodríguez (born June 27, 1980 in San Carlos, Cojedes), is a Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop. He is a switch hitter and throws right-handed. He was given the nickname "El Franchiso" during his time with the Padres.
Rodríguez made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins on May 21, 2005. He was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to replace rookie Jason Bartlett, who won the starting job out of spring training, but began to have trouble at the plate. From 2003-2004, Rodríguez was the primary second baseman at Rochester, although he played a handful of games at third base and shortstop in 2004. With excellent plate discipline, he hit .295 and .286 respectively, with a combined .354 on-base percentage.When Rodríguez got the call, he was hitting .278 with a .339 OBP in 33 games. Inspired by the "Rory Fitzpatrick for NHL All-Star" Campaign, Rodriguez was the subject of a similar campaign known as "Vote for L-Rod" which aimed to elect him to the 2007 MLB All-Star game as the American League's starting 3rd baseman.
San Diego Padres
On December 2, 2009, Rodriguez, signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians with an invite to Spring Training.
Chicago White Sox
He became a free agent on November 2, 2011, after declaring free agency. On November 23, he re-signed a minor league contract with Seattle. He was also given an invitation to spring training.