Aurelio Rodríguez

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Aurelio Rodríguez
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Rodríguez in 1975
Third baseman
Born:(1947-12-28)December 28, 1947
Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
Died: September 23, 2000(2000-09-23) (aged 52)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: RightThrew: Right
September 1, 1967, for the California Angels
Last appearance
October 1, 1983, for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .237
Home runs 124
Runs batted in 648
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame
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Aurelio Rodríguez Ituarte, Jr. (December 28, 1947 September 23, 2000), was a Mexican professional baseball player. He played as a third baseman in Major League Baseball for the California Angels (1967–70), Washington Senators (1970), Detroit Tigers (1971–79), San Diego Padres (1980), New York Yankees (1980–81), Chicago White Sox (1982, 1983) and Baltimore Orioles (1983). Rodríguez also played with the Obregon Yaquis and Cañeros de Los Mochis of the Mexican Pacific League. He batted and threw right-handed.

Baseball Sport

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Third baseman defensive position in baseball and softball, played on the far left end of the infield near third base

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A native of Cananea, Mexico, Rodríguez made his major league debut at the age of 19 with the California Angels in 1967. He was traded to the Washington Senators early in the 1970 season. Rodríguez went to Detroit with shortstop Ed Brinkman and pitchers Joe Coleman and Jim Hannan before the 1971 season in an eight-player trade that brought Denny McLain to the Senators along with Don Wert, Elliott Maddox, and Norm McRae.

Municipalities of Sonora Wikimedia list article

Sonora is a state in Northwest Mexico that is divided into 72 municipalities.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

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Edwin Albert Brinkman was an American professional baseball player, coach and scout. He played for 15 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a shortstop, most notably for the Washington Senators and the Detroit Tigers. Brinkman led the American League in games played twice, won a Gold Glove Award at shortstop, and had a career batting average of .224. He was named to the American League All-Star team in 1973.

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Rodríguez in 1969

Rodríguez was a model of consistency at third base for the Tigers during the 1970s. Though a below-average hitter, he was sure-handed and blessed with a strong, accurate arm. In 1976, he earned Gold Glove Award honors, becoming the first American League third baseman since 1959 to beat out Brooks Robinson. He made only 9 errors in 409 chances in 1976, leading all AL third basemen with a .978 fielding percentage. He again led AL third basemen in fielding percentage during the 1978 season. Playing for the Yankees in the 1981 World Series, he hit .417 (5-for-12). He played in his final major league game on October 1, 1983 at the age of 35.

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In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player properly handles a batted or thrown ball. It is calculated by the sum of putouts and assists, divided by the number of total chances.

Rodríguez was a .237 hitter with 124 home runs and 648 RBI in 2,017 games. His most productive season was 1970, when he posted career highs in home runs (19), RBI (83), runs (70) and stolen bases (15).

Home run in baseball, a 4-base hit, often by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles without 1st touching the ground; inside-the-park home runs—where the batter reaches home safely while the ball is in play—are possible but rare

In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process. In modern baseball, the feat is typically achieved by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles without first touching the ground or running to home plate and scoring a point, resulting in an automatic home run. There is also the "inside-the-park" home run where the batter reaches home safely while the baseball is in play on the field.

A run batted in (RBI), plural runs batted in, is a statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored. For example, if the batter bats a base hit, then another player on a higher base can head home to score a run, and the batter gets credited with batting in that run.

Games played is a statistic used in team sports to indicate the total number of games in which a player has participated ; the statistic is generally applied irrespective of whatever portion of the game is contested.

He played in the Mexican League as late as 1987, and coached in the minors for Cleveland. He returned to the Mexican League as a manager in 1995.

Mexican League Class AAA minor league, highest level of baseball in Mexico

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The picture on Aurelio Rodriguez's 1969 Topps baseball card is Angels' batboy Leonard Garcia. [1]

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On September 23, 2000, Rodriguez was visiting Detroit from his home in Mexico. While he was walking with an unidentified woman on Detroit's southwest side at 2:00 p.m., a car jumped the curb and ran over him. The woman driver of the car was driving with a suspended license and had been ordered not to drive due to a prior brain aneurysm; she was charged with felony manslaughter but received only probation. Rodriguez, who had to be pulled from under the car, was 52 at the time of his death. Thousands attended his funeral in Mexico, including the president of that country, Ernesto Zedillo.

His tomb is located in the stadium Emilio Ibarra Almada, in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, and his cross stands atop that stadium.

There have been three players in major league history named Aurelio (two of whom played for the Detroit Tigers), and all three were killed in car accidents between the ages of 44 and 52. See also Aurelio López and Aurelio Monteagudo.


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  1. "Rare Topps Baseball Cards: Aurelio Rodriguez, 1969," Sports Illustrated website. Accessed September 13, 2011.
  2. Rodriguez entry, Historic Baseball. Accessed September 13, 2011.