Francisco Rodriguez is currently a closing pitcher for the New York Mets in the MLB. He started his baseball career with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2002 through 2008, starting as their closer in 2005. Until today, Rodriguez holds the MLB record of 62 saves in a single regular season, and is the youngest player to win a World Series game at the age of 20 in 2002. He is affectionately known in the baseball world as “Frankie” and “K-Rod”. His accomplishments for saves in games ranks him in the top 300 leaders in baseball along side with the famous names such as Trevor Hoffman, Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster, and others.
In 2004, Rodriguez continued his pitching success becoming the sixth pitcher in Angels’ history to strike out 100 batters in a season without having started as pitcher for any game. Mark Clear, DeWayne Buice, Bryan Harvey, Troy Percival and Scot Shields were those who preceded this mark.
In 2008, Rodriguez agreed to a three-year contract with the New York Mets for $37 million. He changed his uniform number to 75, since Johan Santana was the holder of number 57, the number Rodriguez wore since the start of his career in baseball. He was chosen to play in the 2009 All-Star game, pitching a hitless 9th inning. He finished with impressive statistics for the 200 season.
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