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Liu Rodriguez hired by Brewers as minor league coach

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Liubiemithz Rodriguez, whose four seasons in a Revolution uniform are eclipsed by only Corey Thurman, has retired as a player to join the Milwaukee Brewers organization as a minor league coach.

Rodriguez, 37, a native of Caracas, Venezuela had been transitioning into a career in coaching since the beginning of the 2012 season, when he returned for his final season in York as a player and infield coach on Andy Etchebarren’s staff.  Rodriguez is largely credited with helping second baseman Andres Perez that season after some early throwing error woes – so much so that Perez turned into one of the steadiest fielders in the league and was an MVP candidate in 2012 and 2013.

Rodriguez will begin with the Brewers Rookie level team in the Arizona Summer League in June following extended spring training.  The fact he’s bi-lingual and speaks very good English should benefit him in working with a variety of players.  Last season, Rodriguez played overseas in the Italian Baseball League.  Typically they play just twice a week there, easing him into his new role.  Despite his part-time player status and coaching responsibilities in 2012 however, Liu went out on a high note, batting .329 in 64 games with three homers and 39 RBI.

For Rodriguez getting into coaching was a goal he’d been shooting for dating a few years back; our Ron Gardner profiled his career and coaching aspirations in 2012.

Liu logged his only Major League time in 39 games for the White Sox in 1999, and has one MLB home run and 12 RBI to his credit.

-Paul Braverman

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