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Hall of Fame Polls: Francisco Rodriguez

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

Francisco Rodriguez is next on the list. He is number 4 all-time in saves and had a terrific career. The three guys ahead of him in saves are all in the Hall. So maybe he should be there, too?

Rodriguez has a 16-year MLB career. He played in 948 games (all in relief, 21st all-time in games pitched). He had a 2.86 ERA and 437 saves (and 88 holds). In 976 innings, he had 1142 strikeouts and 389 walks.

He made six All-Star teams, got Cy Young votes three times (finishing third once and fourth twice) and had MVP votes once (sixth).

Rodriguez was on playoff teams six times and owns one World Series ring.

Career he held batters to a .207/.287/.341 line, which is pretty impressive.

He threw a mid-90s fastball (that lost a little as he aged) and a 12-to-6 curve.

Francisco got into trouble with opponents and, sometimes, teammates with his on-the-mound displays of emotions. It seems that, when he played, Spanish speaking players got that type of complaint.

And he had he was charged with assault and domestic abuse a couple of times. Unusually, he was arrested for a fight with his girlfriend’s father, reportedly over things the father said about Rodriguez’s mom. And later he was charged with domestic violence for hitting and kicking ‘the mother of his child’. Charges were dropped when the woman went to Venezuela and stopped talking to prosecutors.

This is his second time on the ballot. 10.8% of the Writers voted for him last year.

You can see his stats here.

Poll

Would you vote Francisco Rodriguez into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Yes
    (61 votes)
  • 66%
    No
    (120 votes)
181 votes total Vote Now