Eduardo Rodriguez

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 75-51

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 75-51

With MLB players and owners struggling to come to terms on a return-to-play strategy for 2020, we're focusing on the actual players who will take the field when games eventually get back underway.

Over the next several weeks, NBC Sports Boston is counting down the Top 100 players for 2020. While our list won't include several aces who will definitely not play this season — Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and Chris Sale of the Red Sox — our countdown includes many other All-Stars.

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Red Sox closer Brandon Workman kicked off our list at No. 100, and there's another Boston hurler in the next group of 25 players. 

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez finally delivered on his considerable promise in 2019, going 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA and finishing sixth in the AL Cy Young race.

He was the rock of a rotation missing Nathan Eovaldi for most of the season, David Price for large chunks, and Chris Sale for what amounted to the final two months. Just 27 years old, E-Rod remains firmly in his prime, and with another strong season should climb even higher next year.

Click here for Part 2 of our Top 100, featuring players 75-51.

 

Highlights from Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Blake Snell in MLB The Show Players League

Highlights from Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Blake Snell in MLB The Show Players League

The Boston Red Sox faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday on a beautiful day at Fenway Park.

Kind of.

Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez took on Rays southpaw Blake Snell on Opening Night of the MLB The Show Players League. One player from each MLB team is controlling their own squad in the league, which will run through April 28 followed by a postseason beginning April 30 and a "World Series" on May 2.

E-Rod gave it his best shot vs. Snell, but it wasn't nearly enough as he fell 6-0 to the 2018 Cy Young winner and was no-hit in the contest. You can watch some of the matchup below:

For what it's worth, Snell is the far more experienced MLB The Show player. He streams the game often on his Twitch channel, while Rodriguez made it clear he was a novice.

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The most entertaining part of the MLB The Show Players League stream is the banter between players. Rodriguez, Snell, and Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett each talked about facing Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo in real-life matchups, and it was excellent.

"Ask him what he did to me in Texas," E-Rod said, recalling to a May 2018 game in which he let up two long homers to Gallo.

As much as we wish this banter was occurring on the real baseball field, this is a tremendous way for fans to get a closer look at the personalities of some of their favorite players.

After his loss to Snell, things didn't get much better for E-Rod. He lost his other three games to Garrett, Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May.

If you're interested in checking out more MLB The Show Players League games, here's the schedule for each upcoming matchup.

Eduardo Rodriguez to represent Red Sox in 'MLB The Show' league

Eduardo Rodriguez to represent Red Sox in 'MLB The Show' league

Baseball is back! Kind of.

Taking a page from the NBA and its virtual NBA 2K tournament, Major League Baseball announced Friday it's launching an "MLB The Show 20" video game leagueESPN's Joon Lee first reported the news.

One player from each MLB team will control their own squad in the league, which runs through April 28 followed by a postseason beginning April 30 and a "World Series" on May 2.

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Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez is representing the Boston Red Sox, per Lee, while the other 29 participants include notable names like Rays pitcher Blake Snell, Indians slugger Carlos Santana, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Brewers reliever Josh Hader.

Players supposedly will stream the virtual games -- which will run between three and five innings each -- on their personal Twitch accounts, with Snell and Reds hurler Amir Garrett kicking things off Friday night at 9 p.m. ET.

The tournament is a cool idea that may help fill part of the baseball void created by the coronavirus pandemic, which forced MLB to postpone the start of the 2020 season.

MLB reportedly is mulling a radical option of quarantining all 30 teams in Arizona to begin the real season as early as May. This "MLB The Show" league wouldn't conflict with that option, which apparently still is on the table.

So, if you want to watch Rodriguez and other MLB stars "play" baseball, stay tuned to their Twitch accounts over the next few weeks.

Oh, and it's also for a good cause: MLB, the MLB Players Association and Sony (which makes "MLB The Show") will contribute $5,000 to local Boys and Girls clubs for each player, with the winner earning an extra $25,000 donation.