John Rodriguez (baseball)
January 20, 1978 |
New York City
|July 18, 2005, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2006, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||43|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rodriguez attended Brandeis High School. He signed as an undrafted free agent by the Yankees in 1996. Rodriguez played in the Yankees minor league system for eight seasons before signing with the Cleveland Indians in 2005. He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals later that year and forced a major league call-up to replace the injured Reggie Sanders by hitting .342 with 17 home runs in 34 games with Triple-A the Memphis Redbirds. He performed well enough that the Cardinals signed him to a one-year contract following the season. On July 20, 2005, Rodriguez hit his first career home run off Ben Sheets of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Rodriguez got more playing time for the 2006 Cardinals (183 at-bats, 34 more than the year before) and was on the postseason roster, winning a World Series ring when the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series.
On November 30, 2007, the Cardinals designated Rodriguez for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster to make room for newly acquired shortstop, César Izturis. Shortly thereafter the team released him.
Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on January 4, 2008, but did not make the major league team out of spring training. On June 2, 2008, Rodriguez was released. On June 8, Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.
On January 6, 2009, Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. After playing the entire season with the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees, he became a free agent. On May 7, 2010 signed with the Long Island Ducks. On March 2, 2011, he signed a contract with the Long Island Ducks. In May 2012, signed to play for the Wichita Wingnuts in the American Association. John is the Head of Baseball Operations and the Head Hitting Instructor at the Yorkville Baseball Academy where he preaches The Art of Hand Path to his students.
- Strauss, Joe. "Izturis deal nudges out Eckstein." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 2007-12-01. Retrieved on 2007-12-07.
- Strauss, Joe. "LaRussa: Now, it's personal." Archived 2007-12-07 at the Wayback Machine. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 2007-12-06. Retrieved on 2007-12-07.
- Atlantic League transactions Archived 2011-05-10 at the Wayback Machine.