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Ranger On a Hot Streak: 8 Fun Facts About Rougned Odor

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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?

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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?

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聽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聽Vancouver Canadians.


Has He Been Roughed Up on Social Media?

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 聽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.


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