Bullpen coach Rodriguez returns to A's

Bullpen coach Rodriguez returns to A's
October 26, 2011, 11:46 pm
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Rick Rodriguez will return to the A's for a second season as the bullpen coach, the team announced Wednesday.After 19 seasons as a minor league coach in the A's organization, Rodriguez, 51, took the role of bullpen coach at the start of the 2011 season.The A's pitching staff set a franchise record with 1,160 strikeouts and ranked third in the American League with a 3.71 ERA last season.Rodriguez was born in Oakland and graduated from Castro Valley High School in 1978. He then attended Chabot Junior College and the University of California, Riverside before being drafted by the A's in the second round of the 1981 MLB Draft.