After 13 years and 1,095 games in the Minors, Guilder Rodriguez gets first MLB hit
Guilder Rodriguez called up after 13 years in Minors
Who is Guilder Rodriguez?
He was signed by the Brewers in 2001, and made his professional debut in the Arizona League in 2002. In 2009, he became part of the Rangers organization, and over his 13 seasons in the Minors, he would rack up a total of 4,095 plate appearances and 1,095 games -- the largest number played without any MLB experience.
But on Sunday, the Rangers finally gave him his ticket to The Show -- purchasing his contract from Double-A Frisco and moving Yu Darvish to the 60-day DL.
Rodriguez was quite moved upon hearing the news:
Bogar on the radio pregame show: "When Guilder got the news, I'm told he cried, for a long time."- Jamey Newberg (@NewbergReport) September 7, 2014
Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan he expects him to be a positive presence on the team:
UPDATE: Guilder Rodriguez puts one in the hit column. Rodriguez got the start at third base for the Rangers on Monday and, with his family in attendance, notched his first big league hit with a single to left field.
He later added a second hit and his first Major League RBI to his line for the night. Here he is talking about the moment on Tuesday: