Thursday, October 30, 2014
no. 344 - ellie rodriguez
Who is the man: Ellie Rodriguez completed his second season as a part-timer catcher for the 1970 Royals, splitting time with Ed Kirkpatrick and hitting a paltry .225
Can ya dig it: A batting cage, from photo corner to photo corner! That's glorious.
Right on: I'm curious as to what that man in the background is doing. Conducting a sliding drill?
You see this cat Rodriguez is a bad mother: Rodriguez was the Royals' first All-Star representative, being chosen for the 1969 game in Washington. He didn't play.
Shut your mouth: Rodriguez had already been traded to the Brewers by the time most kids were pulling this card out of packs.
No one understands him but his woman: Rodriguez once held the American League record for putouts by a catcher in a game with 19. But that was surpassed by Rich Gedman in 1986 when he caught Roger Clemens' 20 strikeouts in a game against the Mariners.
(A word about the back): Other MLB players from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, include White Sox/Mariners slugger Ivan Calderon, 1960s infielder Julio Gotay and Royals/Phillies '90s reliever Jose Santiago.