Baseball Factory Coach Rodney Spradlin Inducted into Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Factory on-field staff member Rodney Spradlin was inducted into Salem-Roanoke’s Baseball Hall of Fame at the 27th annual Hot Stove Banquet on Thursday evening, January 25, 2018.
Rodney has been part of the Baseball Factory family as a coach and scout, working with many young athletes for the last eight years. He not only runs and coordinates Player Development events across the country, but helps to coordinate and run Under Armour Baseball Factory College PREP and National Tryout events in the southeast region as well. Rodney is an integral member of event operations; he serves as the on-site logistics coordinator for many Player Development events, caring for players and families.
“We would like to congratulate Rodney on this tremendous accomplishment. Rodney is clearly an outstanding baseball coach and an even better person,” said Jim Gemler, Chief Program Officer for Baseball Factory. “It’s an honor to have Coach Spradlin as part of the Baseball Factory Family.”
Spradlin was a standout pitcher for William Byrd High School, lettering all four years and graduating in 1984 and also played two years at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee. He later came back to his alma mater at William Byrd, first as an assistant and then head coach for the Terriers Baseball program. In 1997, he coached the Terriers to their only state championship and was named the state Group AA Coach of the Year. While at Byrd, Spradlin compiled a 94-22 record in five seasons.
He has also coached in the Virginia’s Commonwealth Games for 26 years, working beside Commonwealth Games baseball director and Hall of Fame member, Wally Beagle.
After his high school coaching stint, Spradlin spent seven years working as an associate scout in the Kansas City Royals organization.
The Salem-Roanoke Hall was founded in 1991 and honors players and contributors from the counties of Roanoke, Bedford, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, and Montgomery, as well as the independent cities located within the boundaries of those counties, according to information on the Salem Red Sox minor league website.
All of us here at Baseball Factory would like to congratulate Rodney for this accomplishment!