Fernando Rodney

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20+23 innings. In 2018 he was the third-oldest player in the American League. [28]

On May 25, 2019, Rodney was designated for assignment by the Oakland A's. The A's released Rodney three days later. [29] He had a 9.42 ERA in 17 appearances.

Washington Nationals

Rodney (left) with Yan Gomes in 2019 Fernando Rodney with Yan Gomes 2019 Nationals.jpg
Rodney (left) with Yan Gomes in 2019

On June 1, 2019, Rodney signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. [30] On June 25, he was called up to the major leagues. [31]

His combined record in 2019 was 0–5 with two saves and a 5.66 ERA in 47.2 innings. [28] He was the second-oldest player in the major leagues, behind Ichiro Suzuki. [28] Rodney became the fourth player to appear in all rounds of the postseason (Wild Card, Division Series, Champion Series, and World Series) in both the AL and NL. [32] He had 6 postseason appearances, 3 of which came in the World Series. The Nationals won, giving him his first championship at the age of 42.

Sugar Land Skeeters

On July 18, 2020, Rodney signed on to play for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Constellation Energy League (a makeshift 4-team independent league created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the 2020 season. [33]

Houston Astros

On July 31, 2020, the Astros signed Rodney to a minor league deal. [34] Rodney was released by the Astros on September 2, 2020.

Toros de Tijuana

On March 1, 2021, Rodney signed with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League for the 2021 season. [35]

Pitch selection

Rodney has primarily been a fastball-changeup pitcher. He throws both a two-seam sinking fastball averaging 95–96 MPH, and a four seam fastball averaging 96–97 MPH. His fastball has been thrown as high as 101.5 MPH, most recently in 2013. His main offspeed pitch is a palmball-style changeup at about 84 MPH. Opponents have hit the changeup at just a .179 clip over Rodney's career. [36]

Persona

Cap tilt

Rodney is known for wearing his cap tilted at an angle toward the left side of his head. He said in 2016 that it came about as a tribute to his father, Ulise Rodney, who was a fisherman. Ulise also wore his cap tilted to the side because that was the side the sun hit his face. Rodney also said the tilted cap could be confusing for both hitters and baserunners. "The hitter looks for your eyes. It's like a dog. When you go somewhere, the first thing (a dog) looks at is your eyes and how you move." [37]

Bow and arrow routine

Rodney is also known for celebrating a save by pretending to shoot a bow and arrow toward the sky, usually at a point high over center field. [38] [39] He started the routine while with the Rays after saving a 1–0 ballgame on April 16, 2012 against their rival, the Boston Red Sox. [40] It became his tradition after successfully saving each game that season, and soon involved his Rays teammates. The infielders would approach the mound to watch Rodney shoot the arrow, and first baseman Carlos Pena would ask him where it had gone, with both theatrically pointing off into the distance as if following its flight. [41]

In a July 20, 2014 game while pitching for the Seattle Mariners against his former team, the Los Angeles Angels, Rodney did the routine after making the third out to end the eighth inning. However, this time he mimicked shooting the arrow at the Angels dugout. In the ninth inning after walking Mike Trout on five pitches, Angels player Albert Pujols hit a double, scoring Trout, and mimicked shooting a bow and arrow from second base towards Trout. Trout then "shot an arrow" back at Pujols. The Angels went on to win 6–5 with a walk-off hit by Grant Green the same inning. [42] Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims began calling "shoot that arrow in the sky!" when Rodney recorded a save.

Personal life

On June 25, 2018, Rodney became a naturalized United States citizen. Rodney lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida. [43]

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Fernando Rodney
Fernando Rodney in 2019 Nationals.jpg
Rodney with the Washington Nationals in 2019
Toros de Tijuana – No. 56
Pitcher
Born: (1977-03-18) March 18, 1977 (age 44)
Samaná, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 4, 2002, for the Detroit Tigers