Thursday, June 29, 2017

#319 Aurelio Rodriguez

A young promising 3rd baseman seemingly given away by the Senators to an eventual long residency in Detroit.....a shot of youth and savior for a then aging franchise, replacing Don Wert, a player whose claim to fame was that his name was easiest to spell on a standard keyboard ....completed eight more campaigns in Tiger town...a case of glove over bat but Aurelio held his own....professional career started with stints in the Mexican League...scooped up to America by the Angels...swapped to Senators in a exchange of 3rd all around year was with the Nats, personal highs of home runs (19) and RBIs....Senators sent left side of their infield and pitcher Joe Coleman....Aurelio is known by card collectors by the 1969 gaffe of an Angel batboy picture....greatest on field moment was hitting a home run in support of Mark Fydrich’s win on National TV 1976.....finished last 3 years of his career with short stops with San Diego, NY Yankees, Chicago WS, Orioles, and White Sox again.....died in car accident at young age of 52.

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