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Johnny Rodriguez

 

Johnny Rodriguez was named the eighth manager in State College Spikes history in December 2014. Rodriguez takes the reins of the Spikes after leading the Rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals to the 2014 Appalachian League championship.

The 2015 season marks Rodriguez's sixth in the Cardinals organization, after two-year stints with Single-A Quad Cities in 2010-11 and Advanced-A Palm Beach in 2012-13.

Rodriguez's Johnson City squad won three one-run playoff games and twice staved off elimination in best-of-three playoff series last year to take their third title in the last five seasons. It was the veteran skipper's second crown as a manager in the St. Louis Cardinals system, after leading Quad Cities to the 2011 Midwest League championship, the first for that franchise in 20 years.

Prior to joining the Cardinals, Rodriguez got his first taste of managing in the New York-Penn League with the Jamestown Jammers in 2002, when that club was a Florida Marlins affiliate. The veteran baseball man also served as a hitting coach in Jamestown in 2007 and 2008.

Rodriguez brings over 25 years of professional baseball experience to the Spikes, including 17 years in the New York Yankees organization before joining the Expos organization as a hitting coach in 2000-01. The Cuban-born Rodriguez also time spent scouting for the Astros, Angels, Mets and Brewers organizations. Prior joining the pro ranks, Rodriguez also coached for teams at the high school, junior college and NCAA Division I levels, including the University of Miami (FL), Miami-Dade (FL) Community College and the nationally prominent high school program at Westminster Christian High School in Florida.

Rodriguez also led a squad of draft-eligble amateur prospects to the championship game of the Perfect Game/Baseball America World Wood Bat tournament in 2002, which was played in the Cardinals' current Spring Training home of Jupiter, FL.

His son, Sean, is currently playing his eighth season of Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates after being traded to the club in early December. Sean spent his last seven major league seasons as a middle infielder with the Angels (2008-09) and Rays (2010-14). Another son, Robert, was a catcher in the Expos and Nationals minor league systems from 2002-06.

The 58-year-old Rodriguez currently resides in Miami, FL.

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