Batting Coach, Chicago Cubs Born: September 20, 1950, in Beeville, Texas Height 5’9” Weight: 180lbs. Bats: Both Throws: Right Residence: Dallas, Texas
Rudy Jaramillo is looking forward to his third season as batting coach for the Chicago Cubs. Known and respected by numerous MLB players and coaches, he is considered by many as the finest in his craft.
Rudy was the longest tenured coach in Texas Ranger history. He is a 30-year baseball veteran, 26 of which were with the Rangers. He attended Panola College from 1970-1972 where he achieved All American honors and led the nation in RBI’s. The following year he attended The University of Texas and was then drafted by the Texas Rangers. He played Minor League ball for the Rangers for 4 seasons until an on field injury ended his playing career. Rudy became a Minor League Coach for the Rangers in 1983, was promoted to Minor League Manager from 1984-1986, when the team won the Grapefruit League Championship. Rudy became the Minor League Hitting Coordinator for the Rangers, holding that position from 1987-1989.
Rudy’s first Major League job was with the Houston Astros where he was the batting coach from 1990-1993. During that time Jeff Bagwell received NL Rookie of the Year honors. He became the Texas Rangers Major League batting coach in 1995 and held that position through 2009. During that time the Rangers won their only AL West Division Titles 3 times and Juan Gonzalez (1996 and 1998), Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez (1999) and Alex Rodriguez (2003) all received AL MVP Awards. Six-time All Star Michael Young won the AL Batting Title in 2005 and was the 2006 MLB All Star Game MVP. In that same year the Texas Rangers held the AL Batting Title.
Rudy is highly regarded by players, colleagues, sports reporters and announcers, ESPN analysts, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, USA Today, Baseball Weekly and Baseball America as the best batting coach in baseball. Rudy was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. The Texas Rangers honored him with the Joe Macko Award for long and distinguished service in 2003. In 2005, Baseball America honored Rudy with their first ever Coach of the Year Award. 2007 brought Rudy a South Texas Baseball Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 he was inducted into both the Panola College Athletic Hall of Fame and The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.