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#6 Ellie Rodriguez - Profile

Title: Manager
Birthday: May 24, 1946
Hometown: Fajardo
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185 lbs

Rodriguez spent 15 years in the role of Player Development Consultant for the Atlantic League from its inception in 1998 through the 2012 season. Among his various responsibilities, he was in charge of scouting players in Latin American countries to come play in the league. He also has previous managerial experience in Mexico with Cafeteros de Cordoba and Petroleros de Minatitlan as well as in Puerto Rico with Vaqueros de Bayamon.

Prior to joining the ALPB, the Puerto Rico native enjoyed a professional baseball career that spanned 18 seasons, including nine in Major League Baseball. He combined to play in 775 games with the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers, accumulating a career .245 batting average, 16 home runs, 203 RBI, 220 runs and 332 walks. He was also selected as an American League All-Star in 1969 with the Royals and in 1972 with the Brewers.

Rodriguez was a defensive stalwart, with a .989 fielding percentage while throwing out 41% of potential base stealers during his time in the big leagues. Among his many career highlights, Rodriguez caught Nolan Ryan’s fourth no-hitter on June 1, 1975 while with the Angels against the Baltimore Orioles.