172. Francisco Rodriguez

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172. Francisco Rodriguez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 7, 1982 in Caracas, Di Venezuela
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 18, 2002
  • Final Game: June 22, 2017
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2006
  • TSN Reliever of the Year - 2006
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2008
  • TSN Reliever of the Year - 2008
  • Cy Young - 2004
  • Cy Young - 2006
  • Cy Young - 2008
  • MVP - 2008
 
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Francisco Rodriguez would become one of the game’s better closers and best known almost immediately when he debuted for the Anaheim Angels is 2002.  He played only five regular season games that year and as the team’s set-up man he played a vital role in their World Series win. 

Nicknamed K-Rod, he would go to his first All-Star Game in 2004 where he would strikeout 123 batters in only 84 Innings.  He would become the Angels closer and he would lead the American League in Saves in 2005, 2006 & 2008, the latter seeing him set a record of 62.  Rodriguez would then sign with the New York Mets and was an All-Star again in 2009.  He would have years of struggles but rebounded with two more All-Star seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rodriguez retired with 437 Saves and was in the top five in Cy Young voting three times in his career.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 2023
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Anaheim Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1) (Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim)
    Rolaids Relief Award (2) (AL) (2006 & 2008)
    All-Star (6) (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014 & 2015)
    Most Games Pitched (1) (AL) (2008)
    Most Saves (3) (AL) (2005, 2006 & 2008)
    Highest Win Championship Probability Added (1) (AL) (2006)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 2008, 6th)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (AL: 2004, 4th), (AL: 2006, 4th) & (AL: 2008, 3rd)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Saves)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Games Finished)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 4.   Saves: 437
    9.   Games Finished: 677
    21. Games Pitched: 948
    73. Win Probability Added: 24.4

Should Francisco Rodriguez be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 68.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.3%

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