Welcome Guilder Rodriguez

Guilder Rodriguez (pix from ABC news)

Guilder Rodriguez (pix from ABC news)

According to ABC News (abcnews.go.com/Sports) last night the Texas Rangers stuck rookie Guilder Rodriguez at second base. “So what?” you ask. According to the story Rodriguez spent ten years in the minor leagues and played 1095 games in them. That number is an all-time record. No one else ever played 1095 games in the modern minors (since the advent of the farm system) without making it to the Major Leagues. He went 0-3 with a walk and played well at second. Congratulations to the Rangers for finally giving him a chance. And congratulations to Rodriguez for having more loyalty to a game than most of us. Welcome to the Big Leagues, Guilder Rodriguez.

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5 Responses to “Welcome Guilder Rodriguez”

  1. steve Says:

    That’s a great first name Guilder considering what he accomplished, all those games, all those nose to the minors grindstone. the guild, but he musta had tons o fun. If you don’t have a family or fancy expenses, it must be a great life; playing ball and making ???? maybe 1500 bucks a month? I wonder how much AAA players make these days.

  2. Gary Trujillo Says:

    The new Crash Davis! Wow, I never root for Rangers but I will have to get behind this guy now. Kudos.

  3. Glen Russell Slater Says:

    That’s great! I have a feeling that there are others, though, who have spent as much time in the minor leagues before making it to the majors. Can anyone think of any players who had as much or even more time in the minors before getting that first proverbial cup of coffee in the majors as/than Rodriguez? I have the feeling there had to be some, particularly back in the “old days” when the reserve clause was still in effect and players were stuck, for example, in the Yankees minor league system behind all those implacable Bronx Bomber players?

    Glen

  4. Precious Sanders Says:

    That is amazing. I can’t imagine sticking it out that long and not feeling a sense of hopelessness. Gotta admire the guy.

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