Rudy Seánez

Rudy Seánez
Seánez with the Dodgers in 2007
Born: (1968-10-20) October 20, 1968
Brawley, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1989, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2008, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 41–30
Earned run average 4.10
Strikeouts 574
Career highlights and awards

Rudy Caballero Seánez [Seh-ah-nez] (born October 20, 1968 in Brawley, California) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball.

Seanez, who is of Mexican American descent, was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1986.[1] He has made major league appearances for many teams between 1989 and 2008, including the Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres (four separate stints), Los Angeles Dodgers (twice), Atlanta Braves (twice), Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox (twice), Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins, and Philadelphia Phillies. He bats and throws right-handed.

High school years

Seanez attended Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California, and was a letterman in football and baseball. He was drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in the 4th round of the 1986 MLB draft.


Seánez made his major league debut on September 7, 1989, for the Indians against the Toronto Blue Jays. He worked 2 scoreless innings in relief during the Indians 17-9 loss to the Blue Jays.

Seánez' best season came in 2005 with the San Diego Padres. He posted a 7-1 record with a 2.69 ERA, setting career highs in wins (7), games pitched (57), innings (60.1) and strikeouts (84), while his 2.69 ERA was his lowest since posting a 2.66 mark with the Dodgers in 1994. With only 22 walks issued, Seánez averaged nearly four strikeouts per walk. He limited opponents to a .222 batting average, including a .212 mark against right-handed hitters, and compiled a WHIP of 1.18. He also ranked second among National League relievers with 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings and tied for second in the league with seven relief wins.

In a 16-season career, Seánez is 41-30 with 12 saves and a 4.12 ERA in 515 appearances, all in relief. Seánez showed ability to overcome numerous injuries, combining weightlifting with mixed martial arts during his off-season workout regimen.[2] Seánez also trained with professional Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters and sports several tattoos.[2][3]

Seánez was an aggressive pitcher who challenged hitters with his 96 mile-per-hour fastball. His slider and changeup were also effective, and he was capable against batters from both sides of the plate. He did a better job than many middle relievers at holding on base runners, and was a competent fielder despite a history of back problems.

In 2008, after 20 years in the big leagues, Seanez earned his first World Series ring as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was not included on the club's postseason roster, but did travel with the team and was in uniform for all of the team's playoff games.

On May 18, 2009, he passed a physical and signed a minor league deal to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[4] He was released on July 18.


In November 2010, he retired from baseball. He currently owns Seanez Sports Academy. The 15,776 square foot facility includes cages for batting and pitching. There is also an open area for agility training, and a sports performance gym.[5]


  1. The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, "THE JOHN ROCKER INTERVIEW" (January 13, 2000 , Page Number: E1); "Rocker said teammate and fellow reliever Rudy Seanez, who is of Mexican descent, called him after the story came out."
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  3. Current and Local and Breaking News for Naples, Florida and the surrounding area : Naples Daily News. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
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