Major League Seattle outfielder Julio Rodriguez (23) proved his astronomical value through his skills by achieving the first major league record.
The American daily Seattle Times reported on the 6th (Korean time), “Rodriguez achieved 25+ home runs and 25+ stolen bases in his first two seasons in the major league. This is the first record in major league history.”
Rodriguez hit his 25th solo home run of the season in the 4th inning of the away game against Cincinnati on the 5th, the day before. He also showed off his prowess in the game against Cincinnati on the 6th, hitting his 26th and 27th home runs of the season in the 5th (three-run) and 7th (solo) inning. He already has 36 stolen bases on the season.
Rodriguez, a native of the Dominican Republic, entered the professional ranks by signing with Seattle in 2017 at the age of 16. His contract payment was $1.75 million (approximately 2.32732 billion won). This part shows the expectations for Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, who finished his sojourn in the minor league with the full support of the Seattle club, debuted in the major league in April of last year, his sixth year in the league. He was only 22 years old.
Rodriguez appeared in a total of 132 games last year, his first year in the big leagues, and had a batting average of 0.284, 28 home runs, 75 RBI, and 25 stolen bases. He was also outstanding with an OPS of 0.853, which is the combination of on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Based on these outstanding results, Rodriguez signed a huge contract with Seattle worth up to 18 years and a total of $470 million (about 625.5 billion won). At this time, local media, including the Seattle Times, evaluated the contract as ‘too hasty.’
However, as of the 6th this year, Rodriguez has played in 131 games, recording a batting average of 0.285, 27 home runs, 93 RBI, and 36 stolen bases. He also has an outstanding OPS of 0.838. He also has 159 hits, ranking first in the American League in this category.
The media said, “Rodriguez, who achieved the first record in major league history at the young age of 23, is outstanding, but more importantly, thanks to his performance, Seattle is on the verge of advancing to the postseason for the second year in a row.” evaluated.온라인바카라
Seattle ranks second in the American League West Division with 77 wins, 61 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.558 this season. There is only one game behind Houston in first place, so the position can change at any time. The wild card ranking is also second in the league after Tampa Bay. Seattle advanced to the postseason through a wild card last year and defeated Toronto, but bowed out to Houston in the American League Division Series (ALDS).
In an interview with the media, Rodriguez said, “Seattle’s good results are not due to my own ability alone, but a joint achievement with my teammates.” He added, “What makes our team better than other teams is that we are not influenced by any one player.” “It’s not that all the players are working together as one and producing good results,” he said.