Ivan Rodriguez, one of the greatest defensive catchers of all time, is willing to play other positions. A free agent who is showcasing himself playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, Rodriguez said he would play either first base or third base if it meant he was helping a team.
Team USA not only expected to visit Miami this weekend but has aspirations beyond just a few more games in South Florida. The World Baseball Classic clubs from Puerto Rico and Venezuela, both stocked amply with Major League talent, can say the same thing.
That Team Puerto Rico used its home-field advantage as well as its stockpile of Major League talent to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic surprised no one.
The Mets have interest in free agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez but don't have a place for him because they have two other catchers, Mets assistant general manager Tony Bernazard told a Puerto Rican newspaper.
Ivan Rodriguez has yet to sign a contract to play Major League baseball in 2009. He has devoted his spring to playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. His hard work paid off in terms of the Classic, as he was elected MVP of Pool D, but he is still hunting for a job for the upcoming season.
After winning two of three in Pool C competition, the United States will continue its pursuit of the World Baseball Classic championship on Saturday night at 8 ET against Puerto Rico at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
Dominant pitching and timely hitting helped Puerto Rico defeat the Netherlands, 5-0, in the final game of Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night.
Puerto Rico and the Netherlands will meet on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET in the final game of Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic. Both move to Round 2 of the Classic in Miami. The winner on Wednesday, however, determines the top seed of Pool D.
Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands, 3-1, in Game 4 of Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic on Monday, in a battle that the Dutch almost pulled out victorious.
Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez led Puerto Rico to a 7-0 victory over Panama in Game 2 of Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday.