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, May 12, 2004

Extended Spring Training

Hi there. Things are going okay. I am very excited to go back to the D.R. in June. I only have one month left here. But I have no idea how the workshops are going to work out during the roving months. Hopefully the traveling will go smoothly. I can't wait for this winter. I'm really considering going into the agent business now. I love what I do, but it is taking so much out of me, and I want to have a family. But with this job, I would not be able to take on both and do them both very well. I haven't made my decision yet. That will come when it is time to re-negotiate my contract.
I am getting ready for my classes right now. I have the beginner and the advanced class tonight. Those two groups are coming along. The literacy class is really tough. It would be easier if there was one or two players with literacy issues, but it's a group. So it's hard to make a lot of progress in a short amount of time. I hope I'll be able to set up a couple of them with literacy tutors wherever they end up. It shouldn't be that difficult. I am beginning to feel a bit drained. But I keep pressing on. I look forward to going back to Seattle for a couple days before I head off to the D.R.. I hope I'll be able to score a frequent flyer ticket to the D.R. otherwise it will be pretty steep. I gotta tell my boss of my plans soon as well. Have a great day.

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