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

Thursday, October 9, 2003

No Word from the Teams Yet

Time: 7:31:19 PM PDT
Author: soulofthegame
Mood: Worried
Music: Boston vs. Yankees (Game 2)

Hi pals. I'm a little bummed today, because it's getting closer and closer to November, and I still don't have an offer for a teaching job in the D.R.. I don't know what I'll do if I have to sit out another winter. I miss working in baseball so much it hurts, and I really want to apply the program I have worked so hard on developing to a team. I know if they gave me the opportunity it would make a big impact on the ball club. I am waiting to hear word from the Yankees and the Mets still, and there is also another team through my friend at the Mariners that is interested. The Orioles are still a slight possibility as well. I'm hanging on to every bit of hope, just as a team is when it is down by one run in the bottom of the ninth. I'm gonna keep praying. It's been a tough year. I just know something's going to turn around very soon.

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