Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 12/28/12
A couple of months ago, I wrote about another former MLB player with the first name of Aurelio, Aurelio Lopez, a pitcher for the Tigers and Astros who was also known as “Senor Smoke”. Aurelio Rodriguez managed to play in over 2000 games and was one of the more underrated defensive 3B to play within the last 50 years. Part of that reason had to do with Brooks Robinson, who was the best defensive 3B to ever play this game. It was Rodriguez who ended Brooks’ consecutive Gold Glove Award run when he took the award in 1976. Rodriguez stuck around in the majors for nearly 17 seasons, and hit just .237 for his career. He spent the majority of his career as the everyday 3B for the Detroit Tigers, but also spent some time with California, Washington, San Diego, the Yankees, the White Sox and Baltimore. His best offensive season was in 1970, when he hit .249, 19, 83 with the Senators. (He was traded 17 games into the season from the Angels in the deal that brought California more offensiv...
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