Rodriguez with Pepperdine in 2010
|Born: November 29, 1970|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|April 30, 1995, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1995, for the Detroit Tigers|
Steven James Rodríguez (born November 29, 1970) is an American former second baseman/shortstop in Major League Baseball (MLB) who played briefly for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers during the 1995 season. Listed at 5' 8", 170 lb., Rodríguez batted and threw right-handed. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, he was selected by Boston in the fifth-round of the 1992 draft out of Pepperdine. Rodríguez was hired as the 19th head coach of the Baylor University baseball team on June 12, 2015.
A two-time Waves All-American (1991–92), Rodríguez helped his team claim its only national championship in the 1992 College World Series, when he was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year and also was a member of the All-Tournament Team. Rodríguez collected a .419 batting average –the third-highest single-season average in school history– and his 104 base hits that season are also a Pepperdine single-season record, as he finished with a .382 average in the round-robin phase of the 1991 Pan American Games for the Bronze Medal USA baseball team, earning Player of the Series honors against Mexico and Cuba. Then, in 1992, Rodríguez was named one of the West Coast Conference's Top Fifty Athletes of all time.
Major League Baseball
In an 18-game major league career, Rodríguez was a .179 hitter (7-for-39) with five runs, two doubles, and two stolen bases without home runs or an RBI. He also played in the Red Sox, Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos minor league systems from 1992 to 1998, hitting .263 with 16 home runs and 205 RBI in 613 games.
Following his playing career, Rodríguez served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2000 to 2003, and was the head coach from 2004 to 2015. He was hired as the sixteenth head coach in the history of the Pepperdine baseball program in June 2003, to become only the third former Pepperdine player head coach for the Waves in the program's sixty-five-year history.
Taking over a young team in 2004, Rodríguez guided Pepperdine to the WCC Championship where the Waves swept conference rival Loyola Marymount University in the best-of-three WCC championship series.
In 2015, Rodriguez was hired to be the head coach at Baylor.
Head coaching records
|Pepperdine Waves (West Coast Conference) (2004–2015)|
|2004||Pepperdine||30–32||19–11||1st (West)||NCAA Regional|
|2005||Pepperdine||41–23||21–9||1st (West)||NCAA Regional|
|2014||Pepperdine||43–18||18–9||1st||NCAA Super Regional|
|Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference) (2016–present)|
|2020||Baylor||10–6||0–0||Season canceled due to COVID-19|
|Baylor:||140–98 (.588)||49–45 (.521)|
Postseason invitational champion
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