In Major League Baseball, playing time is priceless. This winter, the Tampa Bay Rays upgraded their infield by signing shortstop Yunel Escobar and second baseman Kelly Johnson. That means utility man Sean Rodriguez may be taking a back seat.
When the Rays got Rodriguez from the Los Angeles Angels in 2010, they were getting a ball player who can play any position. He is a true talent that can be used in every game or situation. As a matter of fact, he played every position except pitcher or catcher with the Rays in 2010 while only committing six errors.
The last two years, Rodriguez has struggled in the field and at the plate. His batting average has dropped from .251 to .213, and he had 18 errors last year. Eleven of those errors came when he played third base for the injured Evan Longoria. This drop in efficiency caused the Rays to send him down to the Triple-A Durham Bulls.
But now the Rays have called his number again, and he is happy to be back. In an interview with The Tampa Tribune, Rodriguez said, “Just put me in the lineup. If I hit, they’ll find a spot for me. If you hit, you play. I’m ready. I’m ready to have a good year.”
If you follow him on Twitter, you’ll discover why Rodriguez believes that. His tweets are inspirational to young fans, and to some of us who aren’t so young. His profile says “Wherever God wants me to be”, and that’s exactly how he lives and plays.
Rays fans can expect to see more of Rodriguez in 2013. He’s ready and believes he will have a good year.