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Sean John Rodriguez (born April 26, 1985, in Miami, Florida) is a Cuban American Major League Baseball short stop for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rodriguez began his high school career at Miami Coral Park High School. Rodriguez played center field and displayed good arm strength. Although he was successful in center field, he wanted to play shortstop. However, during his freshman year shortstop was occupied by the eventual third overall pick of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft (Luis Montanez). After Montanez graduated there was an intense competition for the shortstop position between three top candidates: Guillermo Martinez (Florida Marlins), Robert Valido (Chicago White Sox), and Rodriguez. Eventually, Valido won the battle with Martinez moving to third and Rodriguez to center. Rodriguez was never happy in center leading to his eventual transfer to G. Holmes Braddock High School.

Rodriguez was drafted out of high school by the Anaheim Angels in the 3rd round (90th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. Rodriguez began his professional career for the Rookie League Tempe Angels in 2003. In 54 games, he batted .269 with 2 home runs.

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