There's nothing in sports like a comeback! Longtime big league closer Francisco Rodriguez, aka K-Rod, is trying to return to baseball, and has signed with the Acereros de Monclova in Mexico. The 37 year old believes this is just the beginning of his path back to the MLB.
Veteran RHP Francisco Rodriguez has signed with the Acereros de Monclova in Mexico, sources tell me and @Ken_Rosenthal. Rodriguez, 37, still wants to pitch in the majors.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) June 14, 2019
Rodriguez had an excellent 16-year career in the MLB, recording 437 saves and an excellent ERA of 2.86. K-Rod's save total is fourth all-time, and he holds the record for the most saves in a single season with 62 in 2008 for the Anaheim Angels.
In his prime, Rodriguez was one of the best relievers in the game. He finished in the top five in Cy Young voting from 2004-2008. During that span, Rodriguez recorded an incredible 2.23 ERA and logged 206 saves, he even finished sixth in MVP voting during his record-setting 2008 season, a rare feat for a reliever.
K-Rod earned the nickname through his dominant pitching and electric personality, showing plenty of emotion both on the mound and off the field.
The former closer is now trying to work his way back in what would be an incredible comeback effort. He last appeared in the majors in 2017, posting an ugly 7.82 ERA for the Detroit Tigers with highly diminished stuff and velocity.
Though the road may be difficult, a successful comeback would be an incredible accomplishment for a reliever that has already accomplished so much in an underrated career.