TRPD Welcomes Coach Rodriguez
Coach Rodriguez was born in Bronx, NY, but split much of his childhood between New York, Dominican Republic and Miami. In 1998, Coach Rodriguez found himself captivated by the Sammy Sosa v. Mark McGwire home race. However, as everyone fell in love with Sosa, Coach Rodriguez found himself falling in love with baseball.
After practicing baseball in the Dominican Republic from age 14-16, Coach Rodriguez attended high school in Miami for his senior year to play baseball. Although he was awarded the title of “player to watch”, his season was filled with injuries and distractions that lead him to move back home.
Upon his return, Coach Rodriguez lived in a baseball stadium in Monte Plate D.R. along side his cousin, Norberto Susini. This time led to a tremendous progression in his baseball skills and provided him the opportunity to build a strong friendship with Danny Santana, the shortstop for the Minnesota Twins.
After Monte Plate, Coach Rodriguez went to San Pedro de Macoris, where he was able to continue working and reconnecting with friends such as Robinson Cano and Daniel Cabrera. Eventually he earned an invitation to the Washington Nationals Academy in Dominican Republic where he played for 8 months. After a contractual disagreement, Coach Rodriguez was advised by his father to play college baseball. Soon after, Coach Rodriguez received a scholarship offer from Western Nebraska Community College where he played for two years and served as co-captain for the 2009-2010 season, even playing against Bryce Harper. The next year, he accepted a scholarship from the Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX for 2010-2012.
In his spare time, Coach Rodriguez enjoys cheering on his favorite baseball team, the New York Mets. He also enjoys listening to music, dancing Salsa or Bachata and reading motivational material.
Coach Rodriguez is committed to teaching players how to play baseball efficiently as early as possible. He believes this will lead to great baseball players and even better individuals.