I started out my career in baseball as an intern for the Seattle Mariners at the age of 16. The next season they had ball girl try outs and I made it! I was the new ball snatcher. I made headlines when I became the first ball girl to dive for a foul ball. I was highlighted on FOX's This Week in Baseball, Univision, CBS Day & Date, ESPN, CNN, KIRO's On Deck Show, and other networks and print publications for my plays on the field and for my baseball artwork, which I donate to various charities and got officially licensed for it by the MLBPA at the age of 19. I have my own sport art business and my art has been displayed at the Legends of the Game museum in TX and the Yogi Berra Museum in NY. I worked for the M's for seven seasons and had the opportunity to get to know all of the main departments of the front office from marketing to public relations. I went on to work for the Red Sox in their Dominican Republic baseball academy as their English teacher. Inspired by my work there, I developed and created a complete career development education program for international players called "Keep Your Eyes in the Ball". This program turned the Red Sox into pioneers in the area of international player development in the area of transition to their careers in the states. I teach the players everything including, American laws, life skills, customs, English, baseball terminology, etiquette, money management, basic nutrition, media and fan relations, literacy, and more. I went on to work for the Orioles and was even recruited by the New York Yankees. My title for the Red Sox was coordinator of player education and with the Orioles, international liaison and instructor of english and cultural literacy. I came back home to complete my college education and returned to the Mariners to work with their major league Latin American players, including their new Cuban star, Yuniesky Betancourt. Interestingly, I was Felix Hernandez's brother's teacher with the Orioles as well. Some players you might recognize that were students of mine include; Anibal Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Cabrera, Wilfredo Ledezma, Ed Rogers, Tony Blanco, Eddy Rodriguez, Franklin Francisco, and Jorge De La Rosa.

My Orioles Class Documentary - Part One

My Sports Art

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Networking in Baseball

I am still working for the Red Sox and loving it. I am
still mentoring and teaching the young players, and it is going very very
well. I am hopefully graduating Tony Blanco from my class at the end of
SPring Training at the awards ceremony among 6 other players. He is the no. 2 prosptect for the Red Sox right now. I am very proud of all my students they are doing so well. I am looking forward to working in
the states this summer. I will be based in Florida. A couple law firms have already offered me
jobs, just on word of mouth alone. I sat with Leland Maddox, director of player personnel and Jorge Oquendo Latin America scout coordinator of the
Cincinnati Reds on the way back to Miami during the holidays. They are so
nice and we really hit it off. They introduced me to Tom Reich of Reich Katz and Landis too. Leland also had me leave a Christmas message on Ken Griffey Jr.'s phone since we had not been in touch since my art stuff with the Mariners. They
even invited me to sit in on their negotiation meeting with the agent who
helped Livan Hernandez and El duque defect from Cuba. That was very cool,
considering the Reds history with CUban athletes and considering what a
learning opportunity/experience that would be for me. I wasn´t able to go
with them because I had checked luggage, but it was nice of them to invite
me. Anyway, they were really motivating to me. They
told me I should talk to Omar Minaya. I met Omar last year in the Yogi
Berra museum, and briefly discussed about my career goals with him. From what I
remember he was very nice and gave me good advice. He even signed my glove.
I am excited for Spring Training. My representative at the MLBPA (Major League Baseball Players Association), Evan, sent me a large box of baseball cards that I could use for the class. The players LOVE the cards. They are great to use as incentives and class activities. Thanks again for that.
It was really nice that he took the extra effort to
me all those cards all the way to the Dominican Republic. that is very
appreciated. Gotta get to my class.

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