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Former star reliever Francisco Rodriguez looking to make MLB comeback

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The MLB season may be on pause, but that isn’t stopping a former reliever from his comeback efforts.

At 38 years of age, Francisco Rodriguez recently expressed his desire to return to professional baseball.

“In spite of the fact that I’m seen as being advanced in age, that is the goal. The injuries and the ups and downs have slowed me down. But I have the conviction, the hunger and I am completely sure I can accomplish it.” said Rodriguez

“Many say it’s impossible. Impossible was a child leaving the Barrio Kennedy (in Caracas, Venezuela) and succeeding abroad. If you had asked me 25 years ago if I was going to be one of the best five closers in the big leagues, I would have told you that it was impossible.”

The six-time All-Star hasn’t pitched in the majors since allowing four earned runs in one inning as a member of the Detroit Tigers during a 9-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners on June 22, 2017. He has enjoyed stints in the
Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and Mexican League since his last MLB appearance.

During his MLB career, he posted a combined 52-53 record, 2.86 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 1142 strikeouts and coverted 437 of 513 save opportunites over a span of 16 seasons, 948 games, and 976.0 innings pitched split between the Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles from 2002-2017. He also holds the single season record for saves with 62 (2008), and won a World Series with the Angels in his rookie season (2002).

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Corey Seager wins 2020 NLCS MVP

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In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Dodgers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win Game 7 on Sunday night and advance to the World Series for the third time in four years.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager played an integral role in the series, and was awarded the NLCS MVP following the game.

Throughout the seven game series, the 26-year old posted a .310 batting average, 1.230 OPS, five homers and 11 RBI.

He chose the humble route, and gave credit to the entire team when asked about winning the award.

“Obviously it wasn’t just me. That was a complete team effort right there,” said Seager.

“Absolutely grinded throughout that series. That was a test every single night. We’re up for the next one too.”

The Dodgers will face the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. They will look to win it all for the first time since 1988.

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Francisco Cervelli retires after 13 MLB seasons

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Veteran catcher Francesco Cervelli is hanging up the cleats due to ongoing concussion issues.

The 34-year old officially announced his retirement from baseball on Sunday, ending a successful career that spanned 13 seasons.

The Valencia, Venezuela native spent the majority of his MLB tenure with the New York Yankees (seven seasons), and also enjoyed stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves before spending his final season with the Miami Marlins in 2020.

He posted a .268 batting average, 41 homers and 275 RBI in 730 career games. He won a World Series as a back-up catcher for the Yankees in 2009.

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Alex Gordon to retire after 14 seasons with the Royals

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is hanging up the cleats after the season.

The 36-year old announced his decision to retire on Thursday, admitting the coronavirus pandemic made him realize he needs to spend more time with his family.

“I feel like at the end of the day, I’m missing my kids and their activities more than I’m going to miss this,” said Gordon.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because this is hard for me to do. This is what I’ve done my whole life. but at the same time I’m excited to be around my family, be around my kids and just catch up on things I’ve missed my whole life.”

Gordon was a three-time MLB All-Star, a seven-time Gold Glove Award winner, a recipient of the 2014 Platinum Glove Award, and won a World Series in 2017.

He posted a combined .257 batting average, .749 OPS, 190 homers and 749 RBI over a span of 1750 games, all with the Royals organization.

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