Rick Rodriguez

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Rick Rodriguez
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Pitcher / Coach
Born: (1960-09-21) September 21, 1960 (age 54)
Oakland, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 17, 1986 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
August 26, 1990 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Win–loss record 3–4
Earned run average 5.73
Strikeouts 22
Teams

Ricardo "Rick" Rodriguez is a professional baseball coach and former professional baseball pitcher. He pitched in parts of four seasons in the major leagues between 1986 and 1990. He was the bullpen coach for the Oakland Athletics until he was replaced by Darren Bush, former manager of the Sacramento Rivercats on October 26, 2012.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Rodriguez was drafted by the Athletics in the 2nd round of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of California, Riverside, where he had played college baseball for the Highlanders.[2] He spent the next five seasons working his way up through their farm system, reaching the majors for the first time in 1986. He pitched parts of that season and 1987 for the A's, but was released in December 1987.

In January 1988, Rodriguez was signed by the Cleveland Indians, pitching one season in their organization with a brief stint in the majors. He became a free agent after the season, then spent a year in the Chicago White Sox organization before spending his final season with the San Francisco Giants in 1990.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1999, Rodriguez returned to the Oakland Athletics organization as a minor league pitching coach. He filled that position with the Modesto A's in 1999, then in 2000 he was promoted to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. He has been their pitching coach in every season since, with the exception of 2003, when he spent the season back at Modesto as the team's field manager.

For the 2011 season, Rodriguez will serve as the bullpen coach for the Oakland Athletics. Rodriguez was also the bullpen coach for the 2012 season. On October 26, 2012, he was replaced by Darren Bush.[3]

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