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
Matthew Burns is currently studying at a local community college and is also employed by the Washington Nationals as a Trackman Operator. Trackman is a program that tracks the pitchers arm slot, ball spin rate, pitch location/release point and how far the batter has hit the ball. Matthew fell in love with the game when when his dad, Paul, would take him to Red Sox Spring Training. Matthew is 1 of 6 children and joined Baseball Miracles because wants to give back to the game he loves. He has been with Baseball Miracles since June 2015.
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!
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.
Christine Roy is excited to bring baseball to deserving kids all around the world with Baseball Miracles. Originally from Massachusetts, baseball has always held a special place in her heart. Her love of the game began as a child and that passion turned into a career as she has worked for the Lowell Spinners, Connecticut Tigers and the Frederick Keys. Christine loves working with kids and enjoys seeing the immediate impact the game of baseball has on the groups Baseball Miracles works with.
Trevor Purcell - Assistant Baseball Coach Mount Saint Mary's College in NY
Rafael Santana - Chicago White Sox Domenican Republic director and former SS for NY Mets and NY Yankees
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
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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.
Clay Daniel brings an extensive resume, as well as a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Baseball Miracles staff. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, the accolades go from being the Florida High School State Player of the Year in 1980 to SEC All-Tourney in 1984. 1984 was busy year as he was 20th round selection by Cinncinati Reds. After 7 years of pro ball, the southpaw amassed 37 wins and a 3.54 ERA having reached as high as Triple-A. He currently serves as a scout with the Arizona Diamondbacks and is responsible for many successful big league signings both stateside and internationally. Clay has a total of 31 years in the game.
Jared brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to Baseball Miracles. Currently, Jared is the Director for Player Personnel for the Boston Red Sox. His prior work history runs the gamut from intern, assistant - player development, coordinator - amateur scouting, to his current role with the Sawx. Jared hails from Brooklyn, NY, grew up a Mets fan and is excited to give back through the game he loves.
Bridget McCabe is honored to be joining the team to help spread the games of baseball and softball with those less fortunate. Originally from Dutchess County, NY, Bridget is currently the Assistant General Manager of Marketing for the Frederick Keys. She has always had a love for baseball and was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Varsity softball team. Community involvement has always played an important role in Bridget’s life so the opportunity to do this type of work globally is like a dream come true!
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.
Michael McCarthy is a pitcher in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. Drafted in the 14th round in 2011, he 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.
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 proud and loyal scout for the Major League Baseball team the Chicago White Sox. A member of the Hall of Fame for scouts, his reports can be seen online at the Cooperstown Hall of Fame Diamond Mines section. He has been a longtime advocate of clinics to serve, help kids learn the game and provide the equipment they might not have like gloves, balls and bats. For more, research John Tumminia online to learn additional information and insight about his life and accomplishments.
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.
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."
Jayson McKinley is a pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He signed as a free agent in 2016 and finished his first year of pro ball with their Class-A Short Season affiliate Hudson Valley Renegades. He played his college ball at Lamar University (2012-2016) in Beaumont, Texas. Jayson is a native of Friendswood, Texas, which is located just outside of Houston. He has been playing ball since he was 9 years-old, and sharing the game with others is one of his greatest passions.