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Julio Rodriguez Documentary Premieres July 16

 Nick Martin - World Baseball Network  |    Jul 2nd, 2024 2:33pm EDT

Fox Sports Films has announced its newest original documentary will follow the inspirational journey of Julio Rodriguez, one of the youngest breakout stars in the MLB. The documentary spotlights Rodriguez’s journey from the Dominican Republic to the MLB.   

Julio Rodriguez, born in the Dominican Republic, was first discovered by the Seattle Mariners at a showcase in Santiago, DR, when he was 14. Rodriguez signed with the Mariners two years later at 16. He made his professional debut with the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Mariners in 2018, where he batted .315 with five home runs over 59 games. He then moved to America and quickly rose through the Mariners minor league system, making his MLB debut in 2022.   

The documentary “Welcome to the J-Rod Show” follows his story and documents the sacrifices Rodriguez made to pursue his MLB dream. Barry Nugent, Fox Sports Vice President of Development and Original Programming, expressed his excitement about the progress, saying, “Julio Rodríguez’s journey to the Major Leagues resembles that of a fairytale, and FOX Sports is thrilled to partner with Religion of Sports to spotlight the compelling story behind his meteoric rise to become one of the hottest young stars in the league.”   

The film will feature exclusive interviews with Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford, Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., and World Series Champion Alex Rodriguez. Fans will get a never-before-seen perspective on Rodriguez as a person and athlete, with insights from his family and close supporters.  

Rodriguez, now 23, is in his third season in the MLB. After a Rookie of the Year in 2022 and two all-star team selections, Rodriguez has gotten off to a slower start in 2024. Through 84 games he is batting .247 with seven home runs. Already a big star in just his third year, Rodriguez’s career will be one to watch for years.  

The documentary premieres Tuesday, July 16 at 11:30 PM ET on FS1. after the network’s postgame coverage of the MLB All-Star Game on Fox.  

Photo Credit: Julio Rodríguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners reacts during the game against the Chicago White Sox at T-Mobile Park on June 12, 2024 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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