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, December 1, 2004

Orioles Annual Report

This was my concluding statement on my first annual report to the Orioles regarding the education program's progress....

I am very pleased with the progress of all of the international players, and this is a result of the effort we made together as an organization. Just as I teach the players in the class the phrase; “(TEAM) Together Everyone Achieves More.”
Everyone from the trainers to members of the front office staff contributed to the education of the players. This is the secret to the effectiveness and dynamic of the education program. As a team, we helped the players to make the connection with the lessons to the real-life contexts from ordering food to taking instruction from a coach.
The players’ level of enthusiasm for learning throughout the year was consistent and strong. In fact, even on my last day at of the season, at the rookie league team, I witnessed Franklin Lucas, one of the beginning students, putting his English to use with his American teammates. The most inspiring part of it all was that the American teammates even taught him new phrases and encouraged him while they chatted.
This is just one example of what I have seen us accomplish together this year. We are all teachers. I may be the instructor, but we as a part of the Orioles can contribute as those players did, to speeding up their progress and helping the International players to make a smooth transition to a new culture.
The positive results we saw just in the first season not only come from my work, but from the players’ dedication and others who motivated me to strive to be the best teacher I can be, and those who cooperated with the players from their positions within the organization.
The perfect foundation was established for what the education to the international players can become and how much it will contribute to the success of the players in the states. I look forward to the next opportunity we will have to achieve an even higher level of success for the team.
Thank you.
Rosie Santizo, Instructor of English & Cultural Literacy

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