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Encyclopedia > Francisco Rodriguez (baseball)
Francisco Rodríguez
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim — No. 57
Closing Pitcher
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
September 18, 2002 for the Anaheim Angels
Selected MLB statistics
(through October 1, 2006)
Saves     106
Save Pct.     .841
ERA     2.29
WHIP     1.05
Strikeouts     420
Awards

Francisco "Frankie" José Rodríguez (born January 7, 1982 in Caracas, Venezuela), nicknamed "K-Rod", is a Major League Baseball player. A right-handed relief pitcher, he has played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since 2002, and served as their closer since 2005. In baseball, a closer is a relief pitcher who specializes in closing games, i. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... And distinguish from wip and WIP. Whip from Germany. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cerro Avila, Caracas. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11,26,29,30,42,50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2004–present) a. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Mariano Rivera is the closer for the New York Yankees. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Career highlights

Rodríguez signed as a non-drafted amateur free agent in 1998. Originally a starting pitcher, Rodríguez moved to relief pitching in 2002 after elbow and shoulder injuries shortened parts of his 2001 minor league season. Critics have also claimed his slight build and lack of stamina made him ineffective as a starter. He made his major league debut in 2002. With the multiple injuries to the Angels bullpen, the club picked him up at the mid of September. He emerged as a postseason relief hero on international television, winning five postseason games, never having won a major league game before. A (sports) draft is the process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... // Stock car racing: Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon NASCAR celebrates its 50th anniversary Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Eddie Cheever CART Racing - Alex Zanardi won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mika Häkkinen of Finland 24 hours of Le Mans: won by the team... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2001 in sports, 2003 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Ward Burton wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Tony Stewart Indy Racing League - Sam Hornish Jr. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ...


Because Rodríguez had played very little in the Major Leagues, hitters in the playoffs had little idea what to expect from him, a situation that often favors the pitcher. In the ALDS he silenced the Yankees bats, and got two victories with 8 strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings. Against the Twins in the ALCS, he went 2-0 with seven batters fanned in four and one-third innings. Finally, in the 2002 World Series against the Giants, he had a 1-1 record with 13 strikeouts in eight and two-thirds innings. At 20 years old, he became the youngest pitcher in 32 years to pitch in the World Series and the youngest ever to pick up a victory. In Major League Baseball, the American League Division Series (ALDS) determines which two teams from the American League will advance to the American League Championship Series. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ... The 2002 World Series was among the classic matchups in the history of the Series. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT...


In his sophomore year, Rodríguez became a legitimate, polished setup man. He gave up an earned run in nine of his first 15 games, but then only nine of last 44 appearances. He was selected for the All-Star Game and on August 24, 2004 became the sixth pitcher in the Angels' 44-year history to strike out at least 100 batters in a season without starting a game - joining Mark Clear (105 in 1980), DeWayne Buice (109, 1987), Bryan Harvey (101, 1991) and Troy Percival (100, 1996), and Scot Shields (109, 2004) in that same year. Shields now serves as setup man to Rodríguez. In baseball, a setup pitcher (or set-up pitcher, sometimes called the setup man) is a relief pitcher who regularly pitches before the closer. ... In baseball, an earned run is any run for which the pitcher is held accountable (i. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... August 24 is the 236th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (237th in leap years), with 129 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... Mark Alan Clear (born May 27, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played with the California Angels (1979-80, 1990), Boston Red Sox (1979-85) and Milwaukee Brewers (1986-88). ... Bryan Stanley Harvey (born June 2, 1963 Soddy-Daisy, TN - ) was a pitcher with a 9 year career from 1987 to 1995. ... Troy Eugene Percival (born August 9, 1969 in Fontana, California) is a Major League Baseball closer who is under contract with the Detroit Tigers. ... Robert Scot Shields (b. ... In baseball, a setup pitcher (or set-up pitcher, sometimes called the setup man) is a relief pitcher who regularly pitches before the closer. ...


Entering the 2005 season veteran Angels closer Troy Percival departed to sign as a free agent with Detroit leaving the door open for Rodríguez to become the Angels' full-time closer. Overcoming both a tendency to walk too many batters, and a particularly embarrassing moment in which he allowed the Oakland Athletics to score the winning run of a game by carelessly dropping a simple return throw from the catcher, Rodríguez nonetheless rose to the challenge presented him in 2005 and tied with Bob Wickman for the American League lead in saves with 45. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mariano Rivera is the closer for the New York Yankees. ... Troy Eugene Percival (born August 9, 1969 in Fontana, California) is a Major League Baseball closer who is under contract with the Detroit Tigers. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... Robert Joe Wickman (born February 6, 1969 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is a closer in Major League Baseball who has played with the Cleveland Indians since 2000. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ...


As of October 1, 2006, Rodríguez leads the American League in saves with 47. On September 10 against the Toronto Blue Jays, he became the youngest closer in major league baseball history to accumulate 100 career saves at age 24. He accomplished this feat a year younger than the previous record holder, Gregg Olson. For his exploits as a relief pitcher, Rodriguez was named the DHL Baseball Delivery Man[1] for the month of August. [2] October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... This article is about Gregg Olson, the pitcher, who must not be confused with Greg Olson, the catcher. ...


On April 2, 2007 after a game against the Rangers, a Web site, The Cheater's Guide to Baseball Blog, accused Rodriguez of having a substance under the bill of his cap and using it. Although Rule 8.02 (a)(4) says you can’t put any substance on a ball, no matter and get wacky movement is not a criteria, Rodriguez still testified that the "substance" was just a build up of resin and nothing more. MLB took a mild investigation and decided there was nothing else to it as well. [3]


Pitches

The fastball headlines Rodríguez's repertoire. It consistently hits 94-97 MPH, and because of its natural movement gets mistaken for a hard slider. His breaking ball comes in two varieties—a back-breaking slider which starts looking like a strike and then breaks down out of the strike zone, and a looping pitch more closely resembling a slurve which, at its best, makes right-handed batters knees buckle before breaking back into the strike zone. Since his slider breaks so sharply into the dirt, it at times makes him vulnerable to throwing wild pitches. Rodríguez has added a changeup to his repertoire for the 2006 season, though he rarely throws it. The fastball is the most common type of pitch in baseball. ... In baseball, a slider, or nickel curve, is a pitch halfway between a curveball and a fastball, with less break but more speed than the curve. ... In baseball, a breaking ball is a pitch which does not travel straight like a fastball as it approaches the batter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In baseball, a wild pitch (WP) is charged to a pitcher when a pitch is too high, too low, or too wide of home plate for the catcher to field capably, thereby allowing one or more runners to advance or to score. ... A changeup is a type of pitch in baseball. ...


Nickname

Rodríguez's nickname of "K-Rod" became quickly popular during his meteoric rise in late September of 2002 and the playoffs. It is a take-off on "A-Rod", the nickname of baseball star Alex Rodriguez, with "K" representing the common abbreviation for strikeout. Alexander Emanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975 in New York City), nicknamed A-Rod, is widely regarded as one of the best players in Major League Baseball and at a relatively young age is already being talked about among the all-time greats. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ...


See also

Between 1939 and 2005, 176 baseball players from Venezuela had played in Major League Baseball. ...

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