Sam Marsonek – Director of Operations
Sam is a Tampa, Florida native, playing high school ball at Jesuit HS from ‘94-’96 where he helped win a state title, and lead the Tigers to national rankings all three seasons. After his senior year, he was selected in the 1st round of the MLB draft and began his professional career in Pulaski, Va. At the conclusion of the ‘99 season with the Rangers, he was traded to the NY Yankees for Chad Curtis. After his 6th season with the Yankees, he finally got called up July 8, 2004 and debuted 2 days later against the Rays. He pitched 1.1 innings surrendering 0 runs. However a journey that took nine years to reach the top, came to a crashing halt while boating during the all-star break just 2 days after his debut. The injury kept him out the rest of 2004. He returned to AAA Columbus in 2005 but struggled mightily. In ‘06 he signed with the Chicago Cubs, but shoulder surgery in spring training sidelined him for the remainder of the season. In ‘07, he signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League, in hopes of making a full recovery. After finally getting back to form in 2008, he was signed by the Washington Nationals but released at the end of spring training. It was that spring where he realized Gods call on his life, to pour in to the lives of ballplayers… from youth leagues to the big leagues. He now serves as the Director of Operations for Baseball Country, a ministry of SCORE International and is able to live out that calling.
Ramiro Mendoza – Latin Co-Ordinator
June 15, 1972 in Panama. Played with the New York Yankees (1996-2002, 2005) and Boston Red Sox (2003-2004) Interesting Fact: Mendoza is the only modern day player to win a World Series ring with both the New York Yankees (1996-2000) and the Boston Red Sox (2004). Married to Cynthia Mendoza and has three kids.
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Since 1995, Baseball Country has been a place for young ball players to come and develop their baseball skills, but most importantly be exposed to the Gospel and hopefully grow as Godly young men. Beginning in the summer of 2016, Baseball Country will be transitioning to more of a high end facility, reaching kids from the little league level all the way to the big leagues, both locally and across the globe. The primary focus of developing these young men spiritually will remain the same, however the training facility and staff will be enhanced to meet the needs of players of all levels.