While the Rangers were trying to avoid 100 losses in 2014 and dealing with the resignation of the most successful manager in franchise history down the stretch last season, they just so happened to stumble across one of the best feel-good stories in baseball from last year.
Guilder Rodriguez, a career minor-leaguer, made his big-league debut as a 31-year-old middle infielder, got his first big-league hit and then had the game-winning RBI all in one night. It was a pretty magical sports moment that was picked up by several national outlets as he did it all with his father in the front row.
Rodriguez was a big presence in the Rangers' organization, serving as a mentor to middle-infield prospects Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor, and on Tuesday, the Rangers decided to re-sign Rodriguez to a minor-league deal without an invite to big-league spring training.
Rodriguez finished with two hits in 12 at-bats, which will likely wrap up his big-league career assuming the Rangers aren't trending toward 100 losses again this coming September. Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News said that if Rodriguez doesn't make a minor-league squad, he'd be a strong candidate to get into player development in the organization.