Demoted Francisco Rodriguez blasts Tigers: I’m not a ‘mop-up guy’
Only three men in baseball history have saved more games than Francisco Thurman Munson Jersey Rodriguez, so it stands to reason the reliever isn’t too pleased with his recent demotion from the Tigers’ closing job.He let his frustrations out Tuesday, telling the Detroit News he doesn’t understand what the Tigers and manager Brad Ausmus are trying to do with him after elevating Justin Wilson to the closer’s role last month.Am I being judged on 10 outings? What about the other 400-plus saves? What about the almost 1,000 appearances?” Rodriguez told the News. I made my living in tough, pre sure situations. I have not made my living being a mop-up guy. “They have to test me? They have to find out if I can pitch? That’s exactly what it means. I’ve never been in a mop-up situation. I haven’t pitched the last 15 years, being consistent, putting up numbers being mop-up. That’s not how I’ve made my living.”Rodriguez also complained that Ausmus and pitching coach Rich Dubee never talked to him about the move, a notion the manager disputed.When the Tigers made the move May 9, Rodriguez had blown saves and picked up lo https://www.yankeesedges.com/new-york-yankees/luis-severino-jersey ses in his previous two appearances and his ERA had ballooned to 8.49. He had blown four saves in 11 chances overall.The 35-year-old pitcher argued that working in low-leverage situations is not the way for him to regain the form that has helped him accumulate 437 saves in 16 seasons, and Ausmus agreed that he’d prefer to see Rodriguez pitching at the back end of games again.In the meantime, though, K-Rod doesn’t have much choice in the matter.”I gue s I’ve got to be ready when Adam Lind Jersey I’m told and that’s it,” he said.