Rod Barajas retires to become manager in Padres' organization

Veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who last played in the Major Leagues in 2012, has retired.  Corey Brock, who covers the San Diego Padres for, tweeted the following on Barajas.Rod Barajas, who spent 14 seasons in the big leagues, will manage the #Padres AZL entry. Team tried to acquire him in the past as a player.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) January 14, 2014slgckgc via...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rod Barajas retires, goes into managing

Rod Barajas has officially called it a career after 14 seasons in the majors, but he’s not going to be out of work: Corey Brock of reports that the 37-year-old longtime catcher has already accepted a new job as the Padres’ rookie-ball manager. Last season Barajas was released by the Diamondbacks during spring training, with Arizona opting for Wil Nieves to back up Miguel Montero.
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rod Barajas found missing World Series ring in wife’s shoe … four years later

The story of Rod Barajas’ missing World Series ring has a happy ending. Barajas, 37, saw his first regular action as a big leaguer with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 — the year the team beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. Even though he only batted .160 in 51 games as a backup catcher that season, Barajas went 2-for-5 with a home run in the thrilling seven-game...
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March 07, 2013  |  1 Comment

Diamondbacks Barajas finds missing World Series ring after four years

Current Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Rod Barajas was a member of the Diamondbacks World Series winning team in 2001. Of course being on that team you get a coveted  World Series ring. Barajas got his ring but he lost it four years ago. Four years later Barajas had the good fortune of recovering his World Series ring.'s Steve Gilbert tells the story. Before...
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March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Barajas, back with D-backs, has come full circle

PHOENIX -- Rod Barajas is one of the great success stories in Diamondbacks history, a tribute not only to their scouting but to his perseverance. A World Series ring, 136 home runs and six stops later, Barajas is back to complete the circle. We are hoping to make some new memories this time around, Barajas said. Barajas is one of the handful of original D-backs, signed out of...
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February 16, 2013  |  Discuss

The Truth About Rod Barajas

At one point last season, the Pirates were 63-47, right in the thick of the National League playoff race. They were in excellent position to finish at .500 or above for the first time since 1992; they just needed to win 18 of their remaining 52 games. They won 16 of their remaining 52 games and really Pirates’d everything up. What happened to the Pirates? Well, you can’t blame...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: There’s No Reason to Bring Back Barajas

Today we started the 2012 recaps of the individual positions, focusing on the 2012 season and a look ahead at future seasons and the prospects in the organization. The first position was a spot that will probably lead to a lot of discussion over the off-season, and that was the catching position. In the writeup, Kristy noted that Michael McKenry could get the starting job next year...
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October 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Barmes, Barajas hurting Hurdle’s credibility

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug         (Opening image credit bleacherreport) Pirates’ fans love manager Clint Hurdle.  They adore his straightforward approach.  Members of the Pittsburgh media are entranced by him.  They live off of the folksy nuggets of baseball wisdom the Michigan native peppers throughout his nightly post-game press conferences, like bees drawn to...
August 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Barajas' first homer -- and first two RBI -- come on walk-off blast

No player at any position on any team could possibly have been struggling more than Rod Barajas. The Pittsburgh Pirates' beleaguered catcher was batting .127 with no home runs, no RBI and seemingly no end in sight as he stepped into the box Tuesday night with two outs in the ninth and Alex Presley on third base, Pittsburgh trailing the Washington Nationals by a run. Then...
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May 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates' Barajas getting acquainted with new team

The Pittsburgh Pirates impressed Rod Barajas with an aggressive pitch in free agency, selling the veteran catcher on the team's promising future and the role he could play in helping them be successful. Manager Clint Hurdle envisions the 36-year-old having a positive influence on a revamped pitching staff, strengthening the defense and impacting the offense, too. Barajas signed...
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February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

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