Rodriguez returns to St. Cloud for his seventh season with the Rox, first as Director of Baseball Operations and Coach. He lead the Rox to their first Northwoods League Championship in 2017. In 2016 he was named the Northwoods League Manager of the year. In addition to his duties with the Rox, he is also an Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds. He played six years of professional baseball starting with the Seattle Mariners who invited him to spring training in 2003. He also spent two seasons playing in the Puerto Rican Major Winter League and a season in the European Major League. He spent three years as the pitching coach at Augusta State and one season as the pitching coach in St. Cloud in 2011. During his six seasons leading the Rox, Rodriguez held a 248-190 (.566) record.
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#62 Al Newman – Field Manager
Newman returns for his third season with the Rox, first as Field Manager. During his playing career he was drafted 12th overall by the Montreal Expos in the 1981 MLB Draft. His major league career spanned from 1985-1992 when he played for the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers. Newman won two World Series titles (1987 and 1991) during his career. Following his retirement from baseball, Newman began his coaching career in the Minnesota Twins organization. During the 1996 and 1997 seasons he served as the Manager of the Class AA affiliate New Britain Rock Cats. In 1998 he served as the Bench Coach for the Class AAA affiliate Salt Lake City Buzz and from 1999-2001 as the Manager of the rookie league Gulf Coast League Twins. In 2002 Newman joined the Twins major league coaching staff as the Third Base Coach, a role he held through the 2005 season.