Position: Hitting Coach
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 225 lbs
College Experience: Brandeis HS
Player Age: 42
Player Hometown: New York, NY
Rodriguez enters his second season as Hitting Coach in 2020. Under his direction, the Railroaders were one of the American Association's most dynamic offensive clubs in 2019, becoming the only team to notch both 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases. From 2018 to 2019, the Railroaders improved the team batting average 32 points (.244 - .272), the team on-base percentage 34 points (.323 - .357), and the team slugging percentage 62 points (.372 - .434), for a staggering 95 point increase in on-base plus slugging percentage (.695 - .790). The 'Roaders finished second in the league in doubles (202), third in home runs (101), second in walks (394) and third in stolen bases (104).
As a player, Rodriguez spent parts of the 2005 and 2006 seasons at the game’s highest level with the St. Louis Cardinals, helping the Cardinals to a World Series title in 2006. The native of New York, New York retired in 2013 following an 18-year professional career that took him through five Major League organizations, two independent circuits, and leagues in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Mexico. The outfielder notched 1,661 hits, including 245 home runs, and finished his career with a cumulative batting average of .283.
Rodriguez’s final two professional seasons came in the American Association as a member of the Wichita Wingnuts in 2012 and 2013. Over the course of those two years, the left-handed hitter bludgeoned opposing pitchers to the tune of a .335 combined batting average, producing 44 doubles, 35 home runs, and 167 RBI. In 2013, Rodriguez and Clevlen led Wichita to the American Association Championship Series, where they fell to the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Rodriguez was selected as a 2013 American Association All-Star.
Rodriguez had a well-earned reputation as one of the league’s best clutch hitters, posting a .395 average in 13 career American Association playoff games while recording more walks than strikeouts.
The 42-year old Rodriguez serves in the offseason as Head of Baseball Operations and Head Hitting Instructor at the Yorkville Baseball Academy in New York City. He and his wife Evelyn have five children, sons Abie, Isiah, Jay Jay, and daughters Kayla and Madison.