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Pudge's son persevered. Now, he's on cusp of MLB debut

Dereck Rodriguez was 8 years old when he accompanied his father, Texas Rangers great Ivan Rodriguez, to the 2000 All-Star Game in Atlanta. Dereck, now 25, will be making his MLB debut Monday when called up by the San Francisco Giants.
Dereck Rodriguez was 8 years old when he accompanied his father, Texas Rangers great Ivan Rodriguez, to the 2000 All-Star Game in Atlanta. Dereck, now 25, will be making his MLB debut Monday when called up by the San Francisco Giants. The Associated Press

The road to the major leagues was a lot longer for Dereck Rodriguez than for his Hall of Fame father, but the oldest son of Texas Rangers great Ivan Rodriguez is indeed on the cusp of his MLB debut.

Dereck Rodriguez, a right-handed pitcher, was promoted Monday from the minors by the San Francisco Giants and put in their bullpen for a three-game series at Colorado. It's not exactly the ideal spot for a pitcher, as Coors Field is well-known as a hitter's ballpark, but it is an MLB ballpark.

Rodriguez was the Minnesota Twins' sixth-round pick in 2011 as an outfielder, but he converted to the mound after the 2014 season. He signed with the Giants as a minor-league free agent in the off-season and was 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in nine starts for Triple A Sacramento.

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Ivan Rodriguez made his MLB debut in 1991 at the age of 19. By the time he was 25, Pudge was a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove-winning catcher. He went to 14 All-Star Games, won 13 Gold Gloves, was the American League MVP in 1999 and in 2017 was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot.

Dereck was with his father the day he learned he had been voted in and was given a leave by the Twins organization to attend his father's Hall induction. Dereck told reporters in Denver that he father was reduced to tears when he heard the news.

See footage of Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ivan Rodriguez receiving the confirmation call.

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