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This day in Mets history: May 7th

The Mets have been around for 52 years, and they have had a lot to celebrate.  They won the World Series twice and the National League pennant four times.  But there is more to celebrate than just that, especially on a day like today.  Although it may seem like an average day, the Mets have had some good luck on May 7th. May 7, 1972 The first big moment occurred on May 7, 1972...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

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 MLB.com, 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...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rod Barajas calls it a career

Rod Barajas has officially retired after 14 seasons in the majors. But, he is not going to be out of work, as Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the 37-year-old catcher has already accepted a new job as the San Diego Padres’ rookie-ball manager. Last season Barajas was released by the Diamondbacks during spring training, with Arizona selecting Wil Nieves to back up their...
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January 14, 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 MLB.com 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.
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rod Barajas Retires

Journeyman catcher Rod Barajas has announced his retirement. Many remember Barajas (or do they?) from his brief stint with the Phillies sharing time with Carlos Ruiz in the glorious '07 campaign. In 48 games in '07 he hit a rather unremarkable .230/.352/.393 and eventually lost his job to Chris Coste....
Via Philliedelphia
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres add Rod Barajas as minor league manager

The San Diego Padres have signed Rod Barajas as the manager of their rookie-level team in the Arizona League. Barajas, 38, was a solid backstop for 14 seasons playing as recently as 2012 with Pittsburgh. If this is the end of the road for Barajas he will end his career with a .235/.284/.407 line with 136 home runs and 480 RBI. Rod Barajas, who spent 14 seasons in the big leagues...
Via Tireball.com
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

John Buck vs Rod Barajas: Comparing the numbers

When top MLB players get off to tremendous starts, it is easy to justify it by saying they are top players. When players such as New York Mets catcher John Buck get off to similar starts, it is easy to downplay it. Buck’s hot start has gotten a lot of attention, as he has hit .351, 6, 19 over his first 10 games. He currently is tied for the NL League lead with 6 HRs (with Justin...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs release Barajas; Nieves wins job

The Diamondbacks released catcher Rod Barajas on Monday, making Wil Nieves the backup to starter Miguel Montero. Barajas, a member of Arizona's 2001 World Series championship team, was a nonroster invitee in Diamondbacks camp this spring. He hit .290 with two homers and five RBI in 31 Cactus League at-bats. The 37-year-old Barajas has a career .235 average with 136 home runs...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Arizona releases veteran catcher Barajas

The Arizona Diamondbacks have released catcher Rod Barajas, a move that makes Wil Nieves the backup to starter Miguel Montero. Barajas, a member of Arizona's 2001 World Series championship team, was a non-roster invitee to the Diamondbacks this spring. The 37-year-old Barajas was with the Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2003. He later played for Texas, Toronto, the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via AP on Fox
March 25, 2013  |  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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 07, 2013  |  1 Comment

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...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 16, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs sign Barajas to minor league deal

PHOENIX (AP) -- Catcher Rod Barajas has returned to the Diamondbacks, the team with which he started his major league career. The D-backs announced Sunday that the 37-year-old agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, where he will compete with Wil Nieves for a backup job behind Miguel Montero. Barajas hit .206 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 321 at...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Barajas agrees to minor league deal with D-backs

Catcher Rod Barajas has returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he started his major league career. The team said Sunday the 37-year-old agreed to a minor league contract. He will go to spring training and compete with Wil Nieves for a backup job behind Miguel Montero. Barajas hit .206 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 321 at-bats for Pittsburgh last year. According to STATS, he...
Via AP on Fox
February 10, 2013  |  Discuss

The Perfect Game

Adam LaRoche is my favorite baseball player.  Rod Barajas is my favorite baseball player.  Both are former Pirates; neither was very popular as a Pirate.  I have a habit of supporting the most unpopular players.  I guess I feel like they need my support when it’s not coming from anywhere else.  Tonight’s Pirates Playback on…
Via This Is Getting Old
February 04, 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...
Via Fangraphs
January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Ex-Phillies 25-Man Roster

The following is a 25-man roster comprised of ex-Phillies.Catcher:Lou Marson/Indians - .226/.635,  70 G, 27 R, 10 XBH, 13 RBI, 0.1 WAR.Rod Barajas/Free Agent - .206/.625, 104 G, 29 R, 11 HR, 31 RBI, -1.0 WAR.First Base:Brandon Moss/Athletics - .291/.954, 84 G, 48 R, 18 DBL, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 1.9 WAR.Second Base:Placido Polanco/Marlins - .257/.629, 90 G, 28 R, 15 DBL, 19 RBI, 0.3 WAR...
Via We Should Be GM's
January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Is There Even A Catcher Fix?

When the Pirates declined to bring Rod Barajas they admitted another free agent failure.  It’s become something of  given.  Water is wet.  Sun is hot.  Pirates don’t get it done in Free Agency. By not getting it done though they left a huge hole to be filled.  What is there to do behind the dish? [...]
Via This Is Getting Old
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Catcher

A.J. Ellis After toiling in the minors for parts of nine seasons with just a couple cups of coffee to show for it, all the while watching the Dodgers treat the catcher position like it was wholly unimportant (trading Carlos Santana, allowing Joe Torre to run Russell Martin into the ground, and Rod Barajas not only being on the team but starting games as the primary backstop), A.J...
Via ChadMoriyama.com
November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Is a Symbol of the Weak Catching Market

Russell Martin didn’t have a season like Rod Barajas had in 2012, but he wasn’t exactly elite. The catcher hit for a .211 average and a .713 OPS, which was almost 90 points higher than Barajas. Those numbers don’t look like an elite catcher, but that doesn’t mean Martin won’t be a highly sought after target on the free agent market. In perhaps the biggest sign of how weak...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 02, 2012  |  Discuss

News and notes: Bell, Barajas, Coonelly

Plenty of Bucs news on Wednesday… The Pirates hired former shortstop Jay Bell as their new hitting coach. Bell replaces Gregg Ritchie, who left after this season to take the head job at George Washington University. Bell was a solid player and a fan favorite in Pittsburgh, and general reaction today seemed to be very much in favor of the hire. Of course, it’s impossible to say...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates pick up option on 3B Pedro Alvarez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have picked up the option on third baseman Pedro Alvarez and parted ways with catcher Rod Barajas. The 25-year-old Alvarez enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, batting .244 with a career-high 30 home runs and 85 RBIs in 149 games. His home run total was 10th best in the National League, though he also led NL third basemen in errors with 27 and finished second...
Via AP on Fox
October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Decline Option for Rod Barajas; Pick Up Option for Pedro Alvarez

The Pittsburgh Pirates today exercised the $700,000 option for third baseman Pedro Alvarez for the 2013 season, while declining catcher Rod Barajas’ $3.5 M option (no buyout) for next year. Alvarez’s $700,000 option was expected, as it was a part of his original contract when drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of 2008. Alvarez blasted a career-high 30 home runs during the...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

2012-2013 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2012/2013 off-season officially begins today.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics. 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year is on Friday.  The Pittsburgh...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Roster Watch: Rod Barajas

If you were to make a list of most disappointing Pirates from the 2012 season Rod Barajas would almost surely be somewhere near the top of it. Barajas had the worst WAR on the team, a full -1.0.  Obviously that number is horrible. Arguably, Rod Barajas had the worst year of his career offensively. Year Tm [...]
Via This Is Getting Old
October 13, 2012  |  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...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 10, 2012  |  Discuss
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