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Today In Brewer History: So Long, Eduardo Rodriguez

The long-tenured Brewer pitcher was sold to the Royals on this day in 1979.

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You may not recognize his name, but Eduardo Rodriguez was a pretty good Brewer pitcher for a long time. He debuted in the majors in 1973 at just 21 years old, making 30 appearances (six starts) and posting a 3.30 ERA. He continued to swing between the rotation and bullpen for six years in Milwaukee, carrying a 3.86 ERA over 659.2 career innings with 404 strikeouts.

On this day in 1979, though, the Brewers sold Rodriguez to the Royals. He pitched just one season in Kansas City, posting a 4.84 ERA in 29 appearances.

At the time of his departure Rodriguez was the Brewers' all-time leader with 235 games pitched. He's still 13th on that list, and ahead of any current Brewer (John Axford is 20th with 206).

Rodriguez's Wikipedia page also notes that he is one of just three players in major league history to triple in his only plate appearance. He did that in 1973.

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