By Kristina Rowe, NewsCastic
Calling Rougned Odor a scrapper might be an understatement. A brawler might be a better word, and baseball fans outside of Texas have the bench-clearing Blue Jays brawl to hang that hat on.
But Odor is taking on the game of baseball like the fighter he is as well. With 30 homers to his credit, his current streak shows no signs of stopping.
As we near the playoffs, we’re rooting for the Rangers and would like to know a little bit more about Odor.
Where Did He Come From?
En 2013, cuando iba a hacer su debut en la @lvbp_oficial con @magallanesbbc, entrevisté por primera vez a Rougned Odor y entre las cosas que dijo una era que quería ser como @robinsoncano. Ese mismo día su tío Roberto Zambrano, dos veces Jugador Más Valioso en Venezuela, aseguró que su sobrino tenía las herramientas para emular a su ídolo. Apenas tres años después está junto con el dominicano y el también quisqueyano Alfonso Soriano en la selecta lista de camareros latinos con 30 o más jonrones en una temporada de @lasmayores. Con 22 años el zuliano se pierde de vista y, en mi opinión, debe tener un puesto seguro en el róster de Venezuela en el próximo Clásico Mundial de Béisbol. #RougnedOdor #Texas #Rangers #Zuliano #MLB
Originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela, the second baseman came to the Texas Rangers from the minor leagues where he started in 2011. After stints with the Spokane Indians, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and Frisco Roughriders, he was called up to the major leagues with the Rangers in 2014.
How Do You Say His Name?
The home run hitter’s name is a little hard to pronounce, but if you spelled it how it sounds, it would be Roog-Ned O-Door. And even though his last name isn’t pronounced like an odor, he does answer to the nickname Stinky as well as Roogie (like Doogie Howser.)
Isn’t He Really Young?
ODOR FUE EL HÉROE🔥🇻🇪 •El criollo conectó cuadrangular de dos carreras en el noveno episodio para dejar en el terreno a los Marineros de Seattle de manera espectacular. Rougned llegó a 25 jonrones y es apenas el tercer venezolano en la historia en alcanzar esa cifra a los 22 años de edad. Miguel Cabrera y Pablo Sandoval los otros dos (Dato de @efrainruizpantin) 🔥🇻🇪⚾️ #RougnedOdor #WalkOff #Walkoffhomerun #Rangers #Texas #Venezolanos #Venezuela
Also like Doogie Howser (for those of us who remember,) Odor is very young. During his debut major league seasons, he was the youngest player in the league. At 22, he is one of the youngest second basemen in major league history to hit 30 home runs, according to ESPN. The sports media outlet has called him one of “the hottest hitters in baseball.”
Are There Really Two Rougned Odors?
His name is interesting but made even more so by the fact that his younger brother has the same name. The younger brother, Rougned Jose Odor, was signed by the Rangers in 2015.
What’s He Got Against Canadians, Anyway?
Everyone knows about the punch Odor threw at Blue Jays Jose Bautista that landed him a multiple game suspension. But when playing for Spokane in the minor leagues, he was also the instigator of a brawl that ended up with 51 players being fined. The opposing team? The Vancouver Canadians.
Has He Been Roughed Up on Social Media?
El zuliano Rougned Odor disparó dos jonrones este miércoles para que los Rangers de Texas apabullaran 14-1 a los Marineros de Seattle. Odor empató la mejor marca de su vida, al producir cinco carreras. El pelotero sacudió un bambinazo de dos carreras para colocar la pizarra 10-0 en el séptimo capítulo. En el octavo, agregó un batazo de tres rayitas, y es líder del club con 27 cuadrangulares. El martes por la noche, el venezolano empalmó un jonrón de dos carreras en la parte baja de la novena entrada para que Texas se impusiera por 8-7. Foto: AP #mlb #rangers #diariopanorama #RougnedOdor
The brawl with Bautista drew out supporters and detractors on social media, but that wasn’t the only time #Odor was a trend on Twitter. In a late August game against the Seattle Mariners, he was thrown out on the bases not once, but twice. The jeers turned to cheers in a matter of hours when he hit the two-run homer that won the game.
Is He Really On a Hot Streak?
Hitting 30 homers in a season is no small feat in baseball today. Odor likes to hit the ball hard, and until recently seemed much too likely to swing at anything after two strikes. But his stats are looking better and better as the Rangers head into September, and almost undoubtedly for the American League West Championship.
#Hello Win Column
Not a question, just a fact. The Texas Rangers are having a hot, hot season and Odor has been one of the guys turning up the heat. Let’s hope he keeps a cool head and saves all that heat for homers. It’s about time the Rangers took a trip to the World Series, and Roogie’s hot hitting is great fuel for that drive.