|Tampa Bay Rays – No. 27|
|Born: August 7, 1977|
Brooklyn, New York
Rodney Linares (born August 7, 1977) is a Dominican–American coach for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. Linares played as an infielder at the Rookie-level of minor league baseball in 1997 and 1998. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg).
He became a coach and instructor for the Houston Astros at the age of 21 in 1999, and spent two decades in the Astro organization as a batting coach and minor league manager. He is the son of Julio Linares, a member of the Houston organization since 1973 as a coach, manager, special assignments scout and key official for the club's operations in the Dominican Republic. Julio also spent three years (1994–96) as a coach for the MLB Astros.
After becoming a manager in the Astro organization in 2007, Rodney Linares oversaw the development of such players as José Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, J. D. Martinez and George Springer. In 2018, he managed the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies to an 82–57, first-place finish in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Northern Division; he led the Grizzlies into the second round of the PCL playoffs, where they fell to the Memphis Redbirds. Between 2012 and 2016, his teams qualified for the playoffs in five straight seasons, and Linares was hailed as "manager of the year" in both the Class A-Advanced California League (2013) and the Double-A Texas League (2015). His minor-league managerial record over 12 seasons (2007–18) is 762–697 (.522); he has also helmed clubs in the Arizona Fall League and the Dominican Winter League. He makes his winter home in San Pedro de Macorís.
The Rays hired Linares as their third base coach in November 2018.