Liu Rodriguez enters third season as minor league coach with Brewers
Although there’s recent evidence to the contrary, we are not turning into a L.A. Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks blog. (Five of the last seven posts before this one involved one of those two organizations.)
While a lot of former Revolution players are ending up with those two organizations as either players or coaches, this news breaks that trend. Yet another former Rev is carving out a nice minor league coaching career for himself. Former infielder Liu Rodriguez (’09-’12) is entering his third season as a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and will be the hitting coach this season for their rookie ball affiliate, the Helena (Montana) Brewers of the Pioneer League.
Rodriguez was a member of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers coaching staff of the Class A Midwest League in 2015, but now officially has the hitting coach title in Helena. In 2014 he worked with young Brewers prospects in the rookie-level Arizona League. The Caracas, Venezuela native assumed player-coach duties for the Revolution during his final year with the club in 2012, and with his aptitude as a coach it’s no surprise Milwaukee trusts him to work with their younger players as they acclimate to pro ball. His retirement concluded a 18-year playing career after signing with the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent in 1995. Rodriguez did enjoy one big league cup of coffee, appearing in 39 games with the White Sox in 1999, collecting 22 Major League hits including one home runs and 22 RBI.
Appearing in 284 regular season games for York over four seasons with the club, Rodriguez is the second-longest tenured position player in Revolution history, behind only catcher Salvador Paniagua’s five seasons (’11-’15). Of course Corey Thurman is the longest tenured overall. Appearing in 121 games for the Revs in 2012, he enjoyed his best season in York, batting .296/3 HR/57 RBI in the one year he truly played full-time in the Atlantic League, at short and second.
If you’re just catching up on news around these parts, it’s been a brisk off-season when it comes to news about former Revs advancing their coaching careers. Former players have all started or advanced their careers with the Pirates, Diamondbacks and Angels times two.