'Manny' Rodríguez, from Charros de Jalisco, reaches 1,000 games played in the Mexican Pacific League

The second baseman of the Charros de Jalisco, José Manuel “Manny” Rodríguez became the 27th player on Friday night to add 1,000 games played in his career in the history of the Mexican Pacific League.

‘Manny’ Rodríguez participated in his 60th game of the season – he has lost only three in the entire campaign – as a visitor at Kuroda Park in Guasave, Sinaloa against Algodoneros de Guasave.

The 39-year-old started his 16th season with 940 games played in the previous 15 seasons, after participating in 49 games last season. This year he has only failed games against Sultanes de Monterrey on November 25 and against Naranjeros de Hermosillo on December 11 and 12.

The Guasave, Sinaloa born man broke into the Mexican Pacific League in the 2006-2007 season, when he participated in his first 36 games, debuting as a pinch hitter and with a strikeout on October 11, 2016 against the Cañeros de Los Mochis, wearing precisely the Algodoneros shirt.

In 14 of his 16 seasons, “Manny” Rodríguez has played at least 60 games in each of them -15 with a role of 68 games- and in 11 of them his minimum number of games played is 65. Only in his year debut and the 2020-2021 campaign shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic did not reach 50 games –36 and 49.

From his second to fifth seasons in the LMP – from 2007-2008 to 2010-2011 – the right-handed hitter only missed one of the 270 games his Algodoneros team played and it was on the last day of the regular role in the second Away doubleheader game against Venados de Mazatlán on December 30, 2008.

“Manny” is undoubtedly the “Iron Man” of the Mexican Pacific League since 2007-2008, since since then the two teams he has played for – Algodoneros and Charros – have played 999 games and only missed 35, that is, he has played in 964.

The 35 games that he has not played since 2007 to date, are three more than those he did not play in his debut in 2006, in which he stayed on the bench in 32 of the 68 that Guasave played.

And not only is he consistent in appearances on the field of play, but he also does it with the bat, as he accumulates offensive numbers that place him in the Top of several offensive departments in the league.

Before compiling his 1,000th game, “Manny” Rodriguez came in with 1,155 hits, 582 runs scored, 601 RBIs, 227 doubles, 12 home runs, numbers that place him among the best of all time. In addition, he entered with a career batting average of .297.

The previous player to reach 1,000 games played in LMP was Carlos Alberto “Chispa” Gastélum, who did so in the 2018-2019 campaign playing for the Venados de Mazatlán against the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, the team with which he played most of his career. , who took him out of retirement this year and this month withdrew his number 5, which he maintains as a first base coach.