Rudy begins his 14th season with the Orioles as batting practice pitcher and bullpen catcher. Before joining the Orioles, Rudy served as bullpen catcher for the New York Yankees from 1993 to 1996. Rudy also served as the bench coach and first base coach for the independent Northern League's Winnipeg Goldeyes from 2008-10.
A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, Arias grew up in Miami and became a United States citizen in March of 2012. He graduated from Miami Senior High School in 1975 and attended Miami Dade South Community College from 1976- 1977, where he earned All-State and honorable mention All-American honors in baseball. Arias was inducted into Miami Senior High School's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Arias was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1st round (secondary phase) in 1977 and spent four years in their farm system. In his first pro season, with Rookie level Bellingham (WA), he was named catcher on the Northwest League All-Star team. He spent the next two seasons in the Class A California League, with Stockton and San Jose. His career stalled when he was hit by a ball and suffered a broken jaw in 1980, and the Mariners assigned his contract to Vera Cruz of the AAA Mexican League, where he played in 1981-82. He later played in both Colombia and Mexico, including a two-year stint as manager of the Monteria club in the Colombian Winter League. His father, Rudy Arias Sr., pitched professionally for 17 years and went 2-0 in 34 games for the American League champion Chicago White Sox in 1959.
Rudy and his wife, Hilda, were married on December 6, 1982. They have two sons, Luis (9/27/83) and Alex (8/30/88) and two grandsons, Jaden (2/22/08) and Julian (7/18/10). The Arias' reside in Miami, FL.