[3], Rodríguez made his professional debut in 1989 at the age of 17 as catcher for the Gastonia Rangers of the South Atlantic League. In spring training in 2008 he led the major leagues with eight home runs. After going 23-25 with a 3.56 ERA in 81 games (61 starts) over four seasons, never rising beyond Class AA, he became a free agent in November and signed with San Francisco. He had a stretch of eight straight hits over two games facing the Kansas City Royals on July 26 and July 28.

For the season, he batted .276 with 14 home runs and 50 runs batted in. On August 18, 2009, Rodríguez was traded to the Texas Rangers for minor league reliever Matt Nevarez and two PTBNL. [43] In the first week of December 2009, Rodríguez re-joined the Criollos de Caguas in the PRBL.[44]. Rosa reported that "He showed leadership at 16 that I'd seen in few kids. Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 27, 1971), nicknamed "Pudge",[1] is a former Major League Baseball catcher and politician. With his customary number 7 having been retired by the Yankees for Mickey Mantle, Rodríguez changed his jersey number to 12. [66], Rodríguez married Maribel Rivera on June 20, 1991. [28] Rodríguez denied the allegations and said he was "in shock" over Canseco's claims. He placed high on his team in many statistics, placing second in batting average (.298), tied for third in doubles (19), and fourth in hits, total bases, runs, home runs, walks, games, and at bats.

Rodríguez was also the first catcher to have more than 30 home runs, 100 runs batted in, and 100 runs scored in the history of Major League Baseball. He’s not afraid to throw his secondary pitches at any time, commands the ball well, and he does the little things: fields his position, holds runners. “I feel good to be here for myself, with my name on the locker, not for what my dad did,’’ said Rodriguez, whose given name is Ivan Dereck. [45] In a situation similar to his tenure with the Yankees, his customary number 7 had been retired by the Astros in honor of Craig Biggio, so Rodríguez initially wore jersey number 12, then later changed to number 77 mid-season.

After second-year starter Chris Stratton pitched six scoreless innings Friday, rookie lefty Andrew Suarez did him one better with seven innings of shutout ball Saturday. Take a guided tour of Dereck Rodríguez’s tattoos The Giants have a new video featuring the pitcher’s left arm tattoos.

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