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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Saturday, December 9, 2006
My Life in Baseball
Hi Everybody! I'm finally creating a place to share with my friends about my life in baseball. I of course waited until I'm out of baseball to do it, but hey, better late than never right? I was just having too much fun so I never had time to do it then. Now I took a break from the game just to finish my education. I am pursuing my masters in law, and now I am in my junior year at the university studying International Business, Arabic and Islamic Studies. I hope that you will enjoy the photos and blogs as I post them. The experiences I have had in baseball are so special to me. I enjoyed every single day of my ten years in it. I started out as an intern working at the front office and helping to set up the ball park for the games. I also was a ball girl, being recognized for my diving plays on Univision, FOX's This Week in Baseball, CNN, CBS, and ESPN, in addition to the local networks and newspapers. I am also a professional sports artist and was officially licensed by the MLBPA. I enjoy doing a lot of volunteering and donating for various baseball affiliated charity organizations and fundraisers. I went on to teach English for the Boston Red Sox baseball academy, and ended up developing and creating a complete career development education program for the international players. I was promoted to coordinator of education for the team and when the team was sold a couple of years later, I was taken in by the Orioles. I worked as the instructor and liaison for the international players and player development staff working directly under the farm director. I went back to the Mariners just last year to assist with their Major League international players who needed assistance. It was so great to be back with my first team.