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."
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.
Jared Banner is currently the Director of Player Personnel for the New York Mets. Prior to this position he was the Assistant Director for Player Personnel witht the Boston Red Sox. He played baseball at Amherst College and graduated in 2007. Jared is from Brooklyn, grew up a Mets fan and is excited at the opportunity to give back through the game he loves.
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.
Daraka Shaheed is currently a scout with the Chicago White Sox. In his playing days, he was a middle infielder who was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 31st round of the 1983 MLB Amateur Draft out of Contra Costa College.
Kelly is an Associate Scout with the New York Yankees and joined Baseball Miracles in 2016. She played 12 years of semi-professional Women's Baseball in Connecticut and Boston, MA and traveled and played baseball in the Dominican Republic, Germany, Canada and Japan. Kelly is also the Director of Minor League Operations for Ed Randall's Fans 4 The Cure and Prostate Cancer Awareness. She has a true passion, committment towards and love of the Baseball Miracles mission of bringing the game of baseball across the world.
Madison is currently a senior in Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business where she is studying Marketing and Sports Business. She has spent the last three years working for StubHub and enjoys playing co-ed softball. First an intern with Baseball Miracles, Madison wanted to use her love of sports to serve a greater purpose, in this case, to touch the lives of the children through baseball. She hopes to continue a career in sports and work to help college and professional athletes who struggle with their mental health gain better access to necessary resources.
Adam Gerentine is a Managing Director with the London-based boutique investment manager, Trinity Street Asset Management where hi is responsible for managing key relationships with endowments, foundations, pension funds, family offices and investment consultants globally. He began his career with HGK Asset Management where he ultimately oversaw all aspects of the firm’s business development and client service functions. Adam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology where he was a 4-year starter on the baseball team.
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 overall) 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. He is currently a MLB scout with the Chicago Cubs
Caroline currently works with Score International, a global missions ministry that equips and mobilizes people to fulfill the great commission, share God's love, and offer short-term mission experiences for groups. 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 a full-time amateur scout with the Cleveland Indians and also worked in the Baltimore Oriole's organization. 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 the Baseball Miracles team in 2016.
Rafael Santana, Matt Burns, Clay Daniels, Greg Souders, Ryan Mitchell, Tom Burns
Carlos Berroa, Jordan Harding, Jared Banner, Kelly Rodman, Bridget McCabe, Trevor Purcell
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 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our ID is 47-2265855
P.O. Box 2
Marlboro, NY 12542
Sean Kober is known as the Food Operations Manager for Baseball Miracles. Married to the Love of his life Raea, he has three wonderful children, Cassandra, John, and Kelsey. Sean played baseball through junior college and has been told he 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 as a Prison Counselor. He hopes that his family will take on our legacy to bring Baseball Miracles to the World.
The Baseball Miracles mission is to bring the game of baseball to deserving children in under-served communities around the world. Through this, we aim to teach the children valuable life lessons, provide the communities with resources to help the children play safely and confidently, and, most importantly, bring some light into their lives. To make this happen, we focus our efforts on Baseball Instructs, Devotional Prayer, Community Service, and Sociability
Faith and Religion are crucial to Baseball Miracles’ mission. We strive to do all our work with our Lord on the forefront of our minds. All things we do, we do in His name.
Working together is essential for Baseball Miracles on many fronts. Planning and executing our trips requires the work of many individuals, and allows us to carry out our missions. Teamwork is also a value we hope to instill in the children we serve, by setting an example with our own team.
One of the things that the deserving boys and girls we work with need the most is some fun in their lives. On top of teaching them useful baseball skills, we also work to make sure that they have an unforgettable day of excitement.
The pinnacle of everything Baseball Miracles does is excellence. We focus our efforts on planning out every detail of what we do in order to give these communities our best effort on and off the field.
Dan has been a long-time contributor to Baseball Miracles, and in his second season as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, is a tremendous asset to the group. He spent 2013 to 2015 as the Miami Marlins Minor League Video Coordinator and then served as Major League Video Coordinator in 2016. He has also held positions with the Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies. A native of Haymarket, VA, Dan graduated from Duquesne University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He currently resides in Mesa, AZ.
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.
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. as he helped build the baseball field and was 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.
John "JT" Tumminia started scouting for the Chicago White Sox in 1987 and is enshrined in the Diamond Mines Baseball Scouting Hall of Fame. He began as an area scout, then a cross-checker serving 32 years, all with the Chicago White Sox. In 2002, he was voted the Scout of the Year for the White Sox. His proudest moment came in 2005, when he earned a World Series ring when the White Sox became world champs. In 1994 in the 30th round, Tumminia drafted Eric Gagne (who later signed with the Dodgers). Tumminia is a proud recipient of the 2007 "Turk" Karam Award as Scout of the Year for the NY Pro Baseball Scouts Association.