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.
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Monday, April 29, 2002
Visit to the Red Sox academy - Summer 2002
Hi. Today was my first full day here in the Dominican Republic this summer. It went so well. Last night I prepared the paperwork for today’s meeting with the new potential teacher. I got up nice and early this morning, ordered my room service breakfast which was delicious; fried egg, French bread toast with jam, platano mangú with onions, salami, orange juice and coffee with milk. It was delicious!!!! Then I got dressed and printed out my paper work at the business center, and Jesus Alou came and picked me up. We left for the ball park complex. It was so good to see the students here again after so long. I video taped some of the practice, and Jesus says that I can show the video to the guys so that is cool. He let me do a documentary of the new Red Sox academy and gave me a grand tour of it. How exciting. They are even making a little room for the teacher. That will be nice. Jesus has been really nice to me so far. I am happy about that. After the practice, after greeting the students, I went to the house where they live. I had an awesome lunch there. Home cooked Dominican food. There is nothing like it. It is a nice little house. Perfect for them to live in temporarily while the new academy is being built. They have bunk beds, a dining table, a big porch, a nice bathroom, and great food!!! I felt so satisfied after lunch. It was great!!! I gotta thank the ladies tomorrow for it. Carmona and all the other players wanted me to stay and teach them. I actually love teaching in teh Domincan Republic, but I think I can do more for the players if I continue to advance in what I'm doing and work in the states while overseeing the Latin American acadmies. I got invited by Paul Lantigua the scout to go see a player sign his contract. it was cool to be there at his house when he signed his contract. His name is Antonio Tejada. He is a pitcher. That was a neat experience. Then yesterday I spent a lot of time at the house with the players doing the evaluation interviews, and presenting the new teacher and the classroom expectations. Today was the conference for the MLB commissioner's office. I met a lot of players from different teams. I just have a knack for working with players. I don’t know what it is. Thanks to God I feel very confident that I do have a talent for teaching and that I am always able to make adjustments and keep the program ahead of the game in comparison to the other teachers in baseball.