Rodriguez with the Tampa Bay Rays
|Infielder / Outfielder|
Born: April 26, 1985|
|April 19, 2008, for the Los Angeles Angels|
|MLB statistics |
(through August 25, 2018)
|Runs batted in||286|
Sean John Rodriguez (born April 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball utility player who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. While primarily a second baseman, Rodriguez has started at every position in his MLB career except for catcher and pitcher.
Rodriguez was born in Miami to Cuban parents. His father, Johnny, was largely responsible teaching his son the game of baseball. By the age of four, Sean was using a 30-inch bat, weighted with a baseball doughnut. At age eight, he could throw baseballs from the outfield to home plate. Johnny also coached Sean in Little League. Though he wanted to play shortstop at the time, his father placed him in the outfield. He attended Miami Coral Park High School and later transferred to G. Holmes Braddock High School. His brother Robert played minor league baseball from 2002 to 2006.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Rodriguez was drafted out of high school by the Anaheim Angels in the third round (90th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. Rodriguez, then primarily a shortstop, began his professional career for the Rookie League Tempe Angels in 2003. In 54 games, he batted .269 with 2 home runs.
Rodriguez split the 2004 season between the Rookie League Provo Angels and the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels. In a combined 121 games, he batted .297 with 14 home runs. Rodriguez was named to the Pioneer League postseason All-Star game and was the MVP of the game. Rodriguez spent the entire 2005 season playing for the Kernels. He played in 124 games and batted just .250 with 14 home runs.
In 2006, he split the year between the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, and the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees (just one game for them). In a combined 135 games, he batted .307 with 29 home runs. His 135 games were a career high for him and so were his .307 batting average, 29 home runs, 77 Run batted in (RBIs), 522 at-bats, and his 34 doubles. He also led the Quakes with 24 home runs, a .299 batting average, and was tied for first in doubles with 29. Rodriguez was also named to the California League midseason and postseason All-Star game and after the minor league season, was named by Baseball America and Topps as a Class A All-Star.
In 2007, Rodriguez played for the Travelers again, this time for an entire season. In a career high 136 games, he batted .254 with 17 home runs and 73 RBIs. He led the Travelers with his 136 games played, 17 home runs, 73 RBIs, 84 runs (tied), and came in second with 129 hits and 31 doubles. Rodriguez was also a Texas League midseason and postseason All-Star.
On November 6, 2007, Rodriguez's contract was purchased by the Angels, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. Rodriguez began the 2008 season for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. On April 18, 2008, he was recalled from the Bees and made his major league debut against the Seattle Mariners the next day. He went 1–4 in his debut.
Tampa Bay Rays
On September 1, 2009, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named in a deal that sent Scott Kazmir to the Angels. Fellow minor leaguers Matt Sweeney and Alexander Torres also came to the Rays in the trade. Rodriguez was assigned to the AAA Durham Bulls, where he finished out the season.
Rodriguez's final 2009 stats between Salt Lake City and Durham included a .294 batting average, 30 home runs, and 98 RBIs in 385 at-bats. On September 23 Rodriguez helped Durham win the Triple-A championship, hitting a two-run homer in a 5–4 win over the Memphis Redbirds.
In 2010, he played for the Rays, as their part-time second baseman and utility player. In 343 at bats, he hit .251 with 9 home runs and 40 RBIs. He stole 13 bases on the year, while being caught stealing three times.
During the 2011 season, Rodriguez played 101 games with a .209 batting average, 6 home runs, and 30 RBIs. During a game vs the Seattle Mariners on August 15, 2012, Rodriguez struck out looking for the final out in Félix Hernández's perfect game. On August 21, 2012, Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A after the team activated Luke Scott from the disabled list.
In 2013, he set career lows in every offensive category while playing just 96 games for the Rays. Despite hitting a career low .211 in 96 games for the Rays in 2014, Rodriguez set career highs in home runs (12) and RBIs (41). He was designated for assignment on November 26, when the Rays signed Ernesto Frieri.
On December 1, 2014, Rodriguez was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later. Pirates minor league right handed pitcher Buddy Borden was the player to be named later, as he was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays to complete the trade for Rodriguez.
On October 7, 2015, Rodriguez was ejected from the NL Wild Card game for his role in a benches clearing brawl after Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was intentionally hit by a pitch from Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson. Earlier in the game, Francisco Cervelli along with Josh Harrison, were hit by Arrieta.
On December 17, 2015, Rodriguez re-signed with the Pirates on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. For the week of September 12–18, 2016, Rodriguez and Brandon Drury were named the National League's Co-Players of the Week, after Rodriguez batted .414 (12-for-29), with six runs scored, five home runs, 12 RBIs, and a 1.386 OPS.
On November 30, 2016, Rodriguez officially signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Atlanta Braves. On January 28, 2017, Rodriguez was injured when his SUV was struck in a side collision by a stolen police cruiser. The rotator cuff on his non-throwing arm required surgery, which was performed on February 14. His wife was hospitalized in fair condition, and two of his children in serious but stable condition.
Second stint in Pittsburgh
The Atlanta Braves traded Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 5, 2017, in exchange for Connor Joe. In his first game back with the Pirates, he hit a walk-off home run. After a .145 average throughout the 2018 season, he was placed on the disabled list on June 27, 2018 due to a sprained quad.
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