FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 23, 2014) - On Friday, June 27, the Fort Myers Miracle will induct Jorge Posada, Sr. into the Killebrew Root Beer Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame at Hammond Stadium. Posada is the tenth inductee in the seventh year of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.
Prior to a 7:05 p.m. match-up with the St. Lucie Mets, Posada will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at the scouts wall at the entrance to the stadium. This unique honor is given to those who exist at the very foundation of player development for the Major Leagues. Posada will be commemorated with a bronze plaque, designed by the acclaimed US Bronze and placed on display at Hammond Stadium.
"We are honored and pleased to continue the tradition set forth by the Goldklang Group by adding a new member to the Killebrew Root Beer Scouts Hall of Fame here at Hammond Stadium," said Miracle owner Jason Hochberg. "SJS Beacon Baseball is excited to join in the heralding of baseball's scouts including our new inductee Jorge Posada, Sr."
In the last seven years, the Fort Myers inductees have included: Terry Ryan (Minnesota Twins), Dave Yoakum (Chicago White Sox), Al Goldis (long time scout), John Barr (San Francisco Giants), Tom Kotchman (Los Angeles Angels), Rudy Santin (San Francisco Giants), Jack Gillis (Colorado Rockies) and Dan Jennings (Miami Marlins). The Goldklang Group has honored over 60 professional scouts in ballparks around the country.
"In honor of inducting scouts that have given their life to this profession and the game of baseball remains a tremendous privilege," said Tyler Tumminia, Senior Vice President, Goldklang Group. "Over the past several years the SHOF has transformed from an idea into an initiative that is widely lauded within the industry."
Born in Cuba, Posada began a 40-year career in professional baseball after leaving his home country and settling in Puerto Rico. Posada spent 20 years as part of the Colorado Rockies organization, 10 years with the Toronto Blue Jays, five years with the Atlanta Braves, three years with the Houston Astros and two years with the New York Yankees.
Posada worked as Supervisor in Latin America for 14 years and as an Area Supervisor for 11 seasons. Focusing on players from Latin America, Posada is known for signing players through honesty and integrity. Posada has signed dozens of players that have been named to Major League Baseball 40-man rosters including Andres Galarraga, Neifi Perez, Juan Uribe, Melvin Nieves and Javy Lopez.
Married to his wife Tamara, Posada has two children, Michelle and Jorge Rafael. Jorge Rafael Posada played 17 years in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees.
Each year in Puerto Rico, Posada hosts the Torneo de Exelencia Victor Pellot, a high school baseball tournament featuring the top talent on the island.
Fans can attend the induction ceremony at 6:15 p.m. and the gates to Hammond Stadium open at 6 p.m. For tickets, call (239) 768-4210.