Sean Rodriguez is back with the Phillies organization as a player development coach in Clearwater
The Philadelphia Phillies are adding a familiar face to to their player development staff. Todd Zolecki has reported veteran utility-man Sean Rodriguez is taking on a new role within the Phillies organization as a player development instructor.
Rodriguez moving to a coaching role ends the 36-year-olds time in the MLB as a player after 18 seasons. Rodriguez was a third-round pick for the Angels in the 2003 draft and played for six different teams during his career. He hit .226/.301/.379 with 81 homers over 2913 MLB plate appearances.
Of course, here in Philadelphia, we know Sean Rodriguez best from the time he described Philadelphia Phillies fans as “entitled” during the 2019 season. Here’s a pretty funny video from our guys over at Northeast Degenerates summarizing that incident.
Over 76 games with the Phillies in 2019, Gabe Kapler’s pal Sean Rodriguez hit .223/.348/.375 with four home runs over 139 plate appearances. He then became infamous after hitting a walk-off home run to lift the Phillies over the Pirates and then in the postgame interview described Phillies fans as entitled.
Now, back as a development coach, Rodriguez discussed the incident with Zolecki saying “Philly fans are just as passionate about baseball as I am. I was doing my best to try to defend two stars on our team, seeing if I couldn’t alleviate some pressure on them. It is a little funny that I’m back, but Phillies fans are passionate and I’m a passionate player.”
Yeah I’m not sure if I would say that it’s funny that you’re back but honestly, whatever. The funniest part about it is that there wasn’t really much buzz about you getting hired because the Phillies social media team, after already having gone through hell with the #SignJT movement last season, probably knew the type of reception Rodriguez would get.
Hopefully he can get players developed in a farm system that has consistently been ranked one of the worst in Major League Baseball. I just hope that Rodriguez isn’t giving Phillies prospects any lessons on the city of Philadelphia or Phillies fans because he clearly wasn’t able to grasp that during his time with the team in 2019.
Luckily, Rodriguez will spend all of his time working in Clearwater with minor leaguers on infield work and base running.
MLB Free Agency is live and Opening Day is April 7th. Bring me Kris Bryant.
Mandatory Credit: NBC Sports Philadelphia