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

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Back in Baseball

Mood: Happy
Hey Ya... Can you guess what song I have in my head? haha. Anywayzz.. I just got back from Florida. Sorry I didn't write all week, I was too busy enjoying the moment I guess. My trip to Florida to meet the Orioles organization was awesome. I got the job and the terms are such that I can live with them. So I am very thankful to God for this. It took me a year to come back, but it happened. Persistence pays. And you know, I can't help but think that it had something to do also with that leap of faith I took the day I decided to quit my job. When I arrived in the airport, the farm director picked me up. He was nice. The next morning, one of his assistants took me to the ballpark. He was also very nice. The ballpark is old fashioned, but for me it is my home. Everyone there was so nice, the trainers, the cooks, the players, the staff. I had breakfast with the farm director, and then we had a short meeting in his office and we talked about the needs of the team and how I could address them. Then I got to interview each of the players there to find out what they thought about the current english program. They were all nice kids. So far, I had a great feeling about the team. Doc, the farm director, said i was invited to the team dinner that night at the steakhouse. That was fun. I translated for the guys when they ordered. Doc spoke to the team, and I met the rest of the staff there. It was a great first day. I will tell you about the rest of the week in my next entries.

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