Rod Barajas

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Rodrigo Richard Barajas Sr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Barajas (second from the right) with fellow Blue Jays.

Rod Barajas won a World Series ring, homering in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series as the backup catcher to Damian Miller with the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks. He earned his first starting job following an injury to Gerald Laird with the 2004 Texas Rangers and enjoyed his best season in 2005, batting .254/.306/.466 with 21 home runs and 60 RBI in 120 games. He bounced around the rest of his career, finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, the California native backed up Miguel Ojeda as the Mexican team catcher. He was 3 for 6 with two walks. Barajas is of Mexican American heritage [1], thus allowing him to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Following his playing days, Barajas was a coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2014-2015; he had begun 2014 as manager of the AZL Padres before being promoted during the season. On June 17th, he replaced Jamie Quirk as manager of the San Antonio Missions. He then managed the El Paso Chihuahuas in 2016-2017. He was hired as the San Diego Padres bench coach for the 2019 season, then took over as interim manager on September 21st when Andy Green was fired with 8 games left to play. The Padres went just 1-7 in that span, and he lost out to Jayce Tingler in the team's search for a new permanent skipper after the season. Still, he was retained on the coaching staff in 2020 as catching and quality control coach.

Rod won first team All-Conference honors at Santa Fe High School and was team MVP at Cerritos Junior College during his amateur playing career. He is married with six children; his wife is named Stacie and the couple have sons named Andrew, Bryce, Rod Jr. and Jace, and daughters named Aunalilia and Aubrielle. [2]

Notable Achievements[edit]


Preceded by
Andy Green
San Diego Padres Manager
2019
Succeeded by
Jayce Tingler

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2014 AZL Padres Arizona League 1-3 -- San Diego Padres -- Replaced by Anthony Contreras (19-33)
2016 El Paso Chihuahuas Pacific Coast League 73-70 5th (t) San Diego Padres League Champs
2017 El Paso Chihuahuas Pacific Coast League 73-69 5th San Diego Padres Lost League Finals
2018 El Paso Chihuahuas Pacific Coast League 82-57 2nd (t) San Diego Padres Lost in 1st round
2019 San Diego Padres National League 1-7 5th San Diego Padres replaced Andy Green (69-85) on September 21

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