Rodrigo López (baseball)

Rodrigo López Muñoz (born December 14, 1975) is a Mexican former professional baseball pitcher and sportscaster. López was a pitcher in the Mexican League in 1995 when the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB) purchased his contract.

Rodrigo López
López with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Pitcher
Born: (1975-12-14) December 14, 1975
Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico State, Mexico
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 29, 2000, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
April 22, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record81–89
Earned run average4.82
Strikeouts865
Teams

Career

San Diego Padres

He worked his way up to the major leagues with the Padres, when he made his debut on April 29, 2000. López did not appear in the majors in 2001, but spent the entire year with the High Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm and Triple-A Portland Beavers. He became a free agent after the 2001 season.

Baltimore Orioles

López joined the Baltimore Orioles in 2002 where he went 159 and in the process was runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year.[1] 2003 was a disappointment for López, as he went 710 in an injury-marred campaign. In 2004, he was moved to middle relief but pitched his way back into the starting rotation. That year, his record was 149.

Colorado Rockies

On January 12, 2007, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies for minor leaguers Jason Burch and Jim Miller. López left a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 26, 2007 in the seventh inning with an elbow injury, and he later underwent Tommy John surgery on August 22, 2007. In 14 starts for the Rockies, López went 5-4 with an ERA of 4.42, with 43 strikeouts. He also went 5-1 with an ERA of 3.63 at Coors Field. After the 2007 season, he became a free agent.

Atlanta Braves

On August 22, 2008, exactly one year after his surgery, he signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. The contract included the rest of 2008, and 2009, with a major league option. He started his Braves career by pitching for the Gulf Coast League Braves, before being promoted to Single-A Rome. He was released by the Braves in November 2008.

Philadelphia Phillies

On March 5, 2009, López signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.[2] He was called up to the Phillies from the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs on July 3, 2009 and started that night against the New York Mets, allowing two runs in 613 innings to pick up the win in a 72 Phillies victory. It was his first win in the major leagues since he defeated the Phillies on July 7, 2007 as a member of the Colorado Rockies. On September 9, he was released by the Phillies.

Arizona Diamondbacks

López was signed to a minor league contract by the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 16, 2009.[3] On March 30, 2010, Lopez was named the Diamondbacks' 4th starter after having a productive spring training compiling a 2.35 ERA in 5 games with 4 game starts in 15.1 innings.[4] His regular season was disappointing, however, with an ERA of a flat 5.00 starting in 33 games. He won 7 games, and lost 16.

Atlanta Braves

On January 31, 2011, López signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.[5] Atlanta sent him to Triple A at the end of Spring training where he started Opening Day for the Gwinnett Braves.[6]

Chicago Cubs

He was traded to the Chicago Cubs on May 26, 2011, for Ryan Buchter.[7]

On April 23, 2012, Lopez was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for newly acquired Michael Bowden. After clearing waivers, he was sent back to Triple-A Iowa.[8]

Broadcasting career

On December 6, 2013, the Diamondbacks announced that López was hired to join their Spanish language radio broadcast team as the color analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Oscar Soria.[9]

Personal life

His parents are Isabel and Raúl López, he has a brother named Raúl as his father. They live in Mexico City. He is married to Romy, and the couple have two boys: Rodrigo Jr. (born March 7, 2003) and Raymond (born March 17, 2005).

References

  1. "Hinske, Jennings capture Rookie of the Year honors". CNN. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  2. "Phils sign righty Lopez to minors deal".
  3. Gilbert, Steve (16 December 2009). "D-backs sign right-hander Lopez". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2010-03-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Braves sign Rodrigo Lopez to Minor League contract". Atlanta Braves. MLB. 31 January 2011.
  6. "Pitcher Lopez gets opening day nod". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08.
  7. Cubs Acquire Rodrigo Lopez From Braves, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 26, 2011.
  8. Sullivan, Paul (April 23, 2012). "Lopez designated for assignment". Chicago Tribune.
  9. "Former D-backs pitcher Rodrigo Lopez joins Spanish broadcast team". MLB.com. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
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