Favorite Team: Hudson Valley Renegades
Favorite Movie: Rookie of the Year
Favorite Ballpark Food: The left-overs
Favorite Team: Portland Sea Dogs
Favorite Movie: 101 Dalmatians
Favorite Song: Who Let the Dogs Out?
Favorite Time of Year: Baseball Season of course, but particularly those Dog Days of Summer
Favorite Ballpark Food: Peanuts
Steve Williams is in his first year as Director of Pro Scouting for the Pittsburgh Pirates and his ninth with the Pirates organization. Previously he was Pro Supervisor, scout (2010-2016) and a Special Assistant to the General Manager (2009) with the Bucs. Williams has 30 years of Major League scouting experience, with Kansas City, Detroit, Toronto and Minnesota (1988-1994) prior to joining the Pittsburgh organization. Born in Fayetteville, NC, he resides in Overland Park, KS, with his wife Vickie and daughter Stacie.
Roy Underwood is a Newburgh, New York native and currently the manager of the Dawgs 9-12 travel baseball team. A pitching star at Marlboro High School, his expertise working with and instructing youth is unmatched. Roy has has currently undertaken the hefty job of equipment manager.
Tyler Bell has been with Baseball Miracles for several years in both on the field and behind the scenes coordination. Integral in gathering, collating, storing and shipping the hundreds of gloves that Baseball Miracles from generous supporters, Tyler's enthusiasm and knowledge are a true asset.
Caroline is currently a pre-school teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has a passion for giving hope to children and being a voice for all those who want to be heard. Caroline believes in the importance of education and in empowering others to make a difference. For her, Baseball Miracles is a great opportunity to use the game of baseball to empower, instill hope, and to serve youth around the world!
Rafael Santana (Chicago White Sox), Matt Burns, Clay Daniels (Arizona Diamondbacks),
Dennis Sheehan (Arizona Diamondbacks), Cesar Presbott (New York Yankees), Ray Fagnant (Boston Red Sox), Jim Bretz (Detroit Tigers), John Ceprini (Cincinnati Reds), Jared Banner (Boston Red Sox)
Br. Thomas Joseph McGrinder has been a religious brother with the Franciscan Friar of the Renewal for almost 19 years. He most recently was the director of St. Benedict’s Mission, an outreach to the homeless population in Ft. Worth, Texas. Most of Br. Thomas’ life as a Friar has been working to bring the good news of God's love in Christ to young people. He has worked for over 20 years with young people in places like the Bronx, NY, Atlanta, GA, England, and Ireland. He was responsible for coordinating the St. Francis Youth Center in the Bronx for nine years as well as the John Paul II Catholic Youth Club in Limerick, Ireland for five years.
Baseball Miracles is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our ID is 47-2265855
P.O. Box 2
Marlboro, NY 12542
Dr. Rusell Tigges is Board Certified in Orthopedics and Joint Replacement. He completed a dual Fellowship in Total Joint Replacement at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Aufranc Reconstruction at New England Baptist Hospital, Massachusetts. He specializes in hip/knee replacement surgery with expertise in tissue-sparing techniques. He is the Medical Staff President at Northern Dutchess Hospital (NDH), past Chairman of Surgery at NDH and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Tigges was also an High School All-State athlete in both football and baseball.
Baseball Miracles is a team of baseball and softball instructors who join together to teach boys and girls with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world. We strive to reach out especially to the youth who have never played the game. At no cost, we provide instruction, gloves, bats, hats, shirts, and memories. In reaching these objectives, we receive no financial compensation but we do seek and search out sponsorship to get us to our destinations. Our mission is to serve others and see the joy of a child hit and catch a ball for the very first time. Or by watching their expressions when they see their own baseball card that our photographer creates for them! We truly believe in miracles and we invite you to support us with your thoughts, prayers and good wishes.
Sean Kober is known as the Food Operations Manager for Baseball Miracles. Married to the Love of my life Raea, he has three wonderful children, Cassandra, John, and Kelsey. Sean played baseball through junior college has been told was a decent player, the type of guy that teams want. Baseball is his true passion. Although the NY Mets are his favorite team, sitting at a field, any field, watching two teams match wits is his kind of day. He has coached baseball at the local level, co-organized baseball clinics and currently works in prison as a counselor. Baseball is his passion, as he states "it helps keeps my spirits up". He hopes that his family will take on our legacy to bring Baseball Miracles to the World.
Trevor Purcell is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics for Division III Mount Saint Mary College. In a standout MSMC college career from 1999-2002, he registered a .393 batting average as well as a 22-12 record on the mound. Additionally, he was made a member of the inaugural Mount Saint Mary Hall of Fame Class in 2012. Purcell resides in Newburgh with his wife Melissa and the couple’s two daughters Peyton and Emily.
Brian Sweeney played professionally for 19 seasons pitching for both the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. He was recently hired as the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians. In 2015 he was also a pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies rookie ball Gulf-Coast League Phillies and from 2016 to 2017, he was the pitching coach for the Phillies' Single-A affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws. Brian also has pitched coached for Team Italia in the World Baseball Classic.
Todd Bliss is our group’s photographer. An avid minor league baseball fan who estimates he's been to over 500 games, more than a dozen minor league parks and a half dozen big league parks. He started his amateur hobby of sports photography nearly 10 years ago and his freelance work has been used for numerous websites and print publications. He’s shared his work with dozens of players as a coaching tool and for their personal enjoyment. Professionally he has worked in the financial services industry for 18 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics, a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Science in Finance, and a Certificate in Advanced Financial Planning.
Eric Claro discovered John Tumminia's project after hearing about it on Ed Randall's radio talk-show "Talking Baseball". He immediately felt compelled to contact John to lend his support and has been involved since 2013. Eric played at the College of Staten Island as an outfielder and pitcher and independent ball in 2003 for the Cananea Mineros. He was also a high school Special Education teacher where he established and coached the school's first-ever baseball team. Eric created the project name "Baseball Miracles", is the website developer and an instructor at our clinics worldwide. He is currently the hitting instructor at the Staten Island Academy high school in Staten Island, NY.
John Tumminia is a 31-year Hall of Fame scout with the Chicago White Sox.
Carl is the newest photographer for Baseball Miracles and has been shooting for Baseball America and MiLB.com for the past 14 years. He shoots college, minor league baseball and MLB. Carl is a retired Nursing Home Administrator and licensed in PA and NC. He released a book of black & white photos earlier this year entitled "A Baseball Summer in the South- the Appalachian League in 2015". "Baseball is a game. Let's share it with everyone all over the world."
Willie Fraser is a former MLB pictcher who compiled 38 wins and 7 saves over 657 innings. In 8 seasons, he pitched for California, Toronto, St.Louis, Florida and Montreal. He was drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round (15th) of the 1985 MLB June Amateur Draft from Concordia College-Bronxville (Bronxville, NY). Baseball Miracles is proud and excited to have such a wealth of knowledge join the staff.
Clint Hurdle is the current Manager of the National League Central Pittsburgh Pirates and joins the team bringing his immense knowledge, humility and passion. Clint was drafted in the 1st round (9th overall) of the 1975 draft by the Kansas City Royals, and over a 10-year career played for KC, the Mets, Cincinnati and the Cardinals. As of the 2016 season, Clint has been a manager in the big leagues for 14 years (8 with Colorado and 6 with Pittsburgh). We welcome Clint with open arms as his role with Baseball Miracles will be as both an adviser and on-field instructor.
Kyle is currently an Associate Scout with the Baltimore Orioles and also worked in the Oriole's Player Development department for 2 years. A graduate of Towson University in 2016, Kyle earned a degree in Economics, Political Science and Sports Management while playing with the school's baseball club team. He will be attending UMass Amherst this fall to pursue a dual degree MBA and MS in Sports Management. He joined joined the Baseball Miracles team in 2016.
Michael McCarthy is a former pitcher in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. Drafted in the 14th round in 2011, he is now a member of the coaching staff in the Minnesota Twins organization. Mike has a passion for the game that extends far beyond the field. He can often be seen helping with career days, signing autographs or giving high fives to children as they run the bases after a game. A native of Brentwood, California, he attended the University of Redlands and California State University - Bakersfield. At CSUB, he was instrumental in building their baseball team from the ground up... literally. His commitment to CSUB included helping build and maintain the baseball field from its inception, including being the primary groundskeeper for the 2009 season.
Alex Agostino has been involved in amateur and pro baseball for 35 years as a player, coach, administrator and scout across Canada and the Northeast United States. As a player, he was the winning pitcher for Team Quebec at the Canadian Under-18 Championships in 1982 and from 1983-1986 played for the St-Hubert Diplomates of the Quebec Major Junior League. In 1987, he moved into coaching and in 1994 he became an assistant coach for the Canadian National Junior Team. In 1995 he began his scouting career that has led to working for the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and currently as the Northeast Scouting Supervisor with the Philadelphia Phillies.