K-Rod, as he was affectionately known, was one of the best relievers in the game in the 2000s. His 62 save season in 2008 with the Angels is still a league-record. Francisco Rodriguez spent parts of five seasons in a Brewers uniform and compiled 95 saves.
For his career, Rodriguez totaled 437 saves and a 2.86 ERA. Those are some pretty good numbers, but will it be enough to get in? Take a look at Billy Wagner, who had similar production with 422 career saves and a 2.31 career ERA. He’s on his 4th year on the ballot and is currently polling at 16.6%. That doesn’t look good for Wagner’s chances of induction.
Wagner and K-Rod have similar numbers, and unless closers are going to get a lot more respected by BBWAA voters in the next couple years, Rodriguez will likely follow the same path as Wagner, sticking around the ballot for a few years, but ultimately won’t get in.
Despite Mariano Rivera seemingly headed for a unanimous selection, he’s an extreme case, and had over 200 more saves than Rodriguez.
Even if Rodriguez were to get in, would he wear a Brewers hat or an Angels hat? Considering he spent 7 years with the Angels and had 208 saves with them and only 95 with the Milwaukee Brewers, he would likely wear an Angels hat.