Liu Rodriguez to play in Italian Baseball League this season
While you never say never when it comes to the Atlantic League, it appears Liubiemithz Rodriguez’s long run with the York Revolution is over.
The do-it-all infielder joined York mid-way through the 2009 season, and had been on the Revolution roster every game through last season, making him the second-longest tenured Revs player behind only Corey Thurman of course. Last season, Rodriguez was officially designated as a player-coach, but still appeared in 64 games, batting .329 with three homers and 39 RBI in limited action. Liu is now taking his talents to the fledgling Italian Baseball League, where he has inked a deal with the Godo Knights.
In Italy, games are twice a week on average, so Rodriguez will essentially continue to be a part-time player as he transitions into an eventual career in coaching. During last season, he sat down with our Ron Gardner for this feature about winding his playing career down, and his yearning to become a coach.
The 36-year old Caracas, Venezuela native did reach the pinnacle of his profession in 1999, suiting up for 39 games as a 22-year-old middle infielder with the Chicago White Sox. It would be the only MLB regular-season playing time of Liu’s career. Only time will tell on whether he re-surfaces back in York in the future.