Victor Rodriguez has spent 18 seasons in the Red Sox organization in a variety of roles. Now, for the first time, he’ll be in the majors.
Rodriguez, 51, was named the team’s assistant hitting coach. He spent the last six seasons as the minor league hitting coordinator, a position he also held in 2002. From 2004-06, he was the club’s Latin field coordinator after serving as a minor league hitting instructor in 2003.
Rodriguez previously served six seasons as a hitting coach in the Red Sox system at High-A Sarasota (1996-98), Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox (1999, 2001) and Single-A Augusta (2000). He began his coaching career in the Boston organization in 1995 after playing in 31 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Born in New York City, Rodriguez was signed by Baltimore in 1977 at the age of 15 out of Naguabo High School in Puerto Rico. He played for parts of 19 professional seasons in the Orioles (1977-84), Padres (1985), Cardinals (1986-87), Twins (1988-91), Phillies (1992-93), Marlins (1994) and Red Sox (1995).
He got in 17 major league games, going 12 for 28. Rodriguez was a .295 hitter in the minors.
Rodriguez’s son Victor, Jr. is currently a scout for the Red Sox, and his son Miguel is a catcher in the Boston system after being drafted by the club in 2012.