One year after retiring as a player Ivan Rodriguez has another gig in baseball, as the Rangers announced today that he’ll rejoin the organization as a special assistant to the general manager, instructor, and ambassador.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Rodriguez’s first duties will involve going to spring training next weekend, presumably to do some coaching.
“We went to a tryout game and he wanted so badly to instruct that we almost literally had to hold him back,” general manager Jon Daniels said in describing Rodriguez’s passion for the new role.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.
Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.