On December 10, 2008 it was announced that the New York Mets had just signed free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez – K-Rod for short.
At the time it seemed like a nice deal for the Mets. K-Rod was coming off a record breaking 62 saves for the Los Angeles Angels. Yeah, it was very likely he wouldn’t come close to 62 saves again but he had had 45, 47, and 40 saves the three...
Ten years after the franchise's only championship run, the Angels are being reminded of a key find during that 2002 World Series run. Right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, then 20 years old, was a September call-up in 2002. He struck out 13 in his first 5 2/3 innings, was added to the post-season roster and quickly became a bullpen weapon deployed by manager Mike Scioscia all the...
Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez, limited to 23 2/3 innings in the Majors and Minors last year because of a shoulder injury, reported to camp Thursday after getting his visa issues settled in Mexico.
Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez received his visa from Mexico on Wednesday and will arrive in Spring Training on Thursday morning, four days after pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report.
The Angels previously inked reliever Francisco Rodriguez (not K-Rod) to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Rodriguez, the Mexico native who was signed as an amateur free agent by the Angels in 2005, will make $481,000 if he makes the big league club.
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2002: Twenty-year old Venezuelan right-hander Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher ever to win a World Series game. With just 15 days of major league experience, K-Rod throws 37 pitches, retiring nine consecutive batters in three innings to pick up the victory when the Angels outslug the Giants, 11-10 in Game 2 of the Fall Classic.