ABOUT ROD

My love for baseball started in Southern California when I would attend Dodgers games as a kid. From then I knew I wanted to play baseball and it is a blessing to be entering my fifth decade in the game.

 

My professional career began in 1977 when the Chicago White Sox drafted me in the sixth round. On April 7, 1983 I made my major league debut with the Seattle Mariners. In 1984, I was apart of the Detroit Tigers, who went on and won the World Series Championship that season. Although I was not apart of the Tigers postseason roster, it was an honor to have contributed to the 35 – 5 historical start to the season. I also had a brief stint with the Cleveland Indians in 1988 then went to Japan to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp spending the last 3 years of my playing career. In my last season with the Carp, I set a single season record with four home runs in four consecutive at bats. I took my knowledge from my 15-year playing career and translated it into coaching for the Kane County Cougars in the Florida Marlins organization and later managing in the Diamondbacks instructional league team.

 

My broadcasting career started in 1998 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. I was apart of the inaugural radio and television broadcast team. I broadcasted game until 2002, which included the Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series. In 2003, I became the first African American television analyst in Detroit Tigers history. It was an honor to spend 16 years in the Tigers booth and call more than 2,000 live games. In those 16 years I witnessed no-hitters, playoff wins, World Series loses, Armando Galarraga near perfect game, and many more gripping moments. I am fortunate to have seen the game from all angles and be apart of many rewarding moments in baseball history.

 

Outside of baseball I really enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, attending church, and exercising. I reside in Arizona were I live with my beautiful wife Adrian. We have four wonderful children who are in various cities across the country.  

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