Francisco Rodriguez was once considered the best closer in the entire MLB, but now, K-Rod is a shadow of his former All-Star self. He is still a pretty decent reliever, but certainly, he will not return as the dominant and reliable pitcher that he once was. And now he's considering retirement.
Earlier this year, K-Rod signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, after having a bad 2017 season when he was released twice by the Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals.
As Rodriguez is now at the Phillies' Spring Training camp, he reflects on his career and what keeps him going, according to Matt Gelb from The Athletic:
I love the game. I don't think I have to prove anything. I don't think I went to Walmart and bought 900 appearances and 437 saves.
K-Rod is the MLB's saves leader amongst current players and he thinks that he still has a lot to offer to the game, as he's not ready to retire yet:
I did that with a lot of pride and hard work. This is the only thing I know how to do, play baseball. God gave me the opportunity to throw a baseball and I'm going to continue to do it.
Rodriguez finished last year with a 2-5 record, posting a 7.82 ERA and saving 7 games; by far the worst season of his career. He holds the MLB single-season saves record, saving 62 in 2008. He's a 6 times All-Star and World Series Champion with the Angels in 2002.