MARCH 7, 2017 - MEDFORD, OR: The Medford Rogues are pleased to announce today the acquisition of former Major Leaguer, Freddy Sandoval to the Front Office. Sandoval will step in as Director of Baseball Development, working with the Rogues players, as well as in the community.
“We’re excited to have Freddy join the Rogues” said Acting General Manager, Carolyn Birch. “With his Major League experience on the field and off, he will be an invaluable asset to the growth of our organization. He is incredibly passionate and invested in developing strong players. We are truly lucky to be able to offer our team and the community the opportunity to work with Freddy and in a Major League caliber training program”.
As Rogues Director of Baseball Development, Sandoval will launch the new Rogues’ Big League instructional program, working with coaches and players of all ages, both in a clinic and one on one capacity. During the season, he will consult with the Rogues coaching staff, working with the team on their mental game with a focus on mind body connection. Throughout the year, Freddy will also represent the Rogues in the community, working with team’s charitable partners.
A graduate of University of San Diego, Sandoval was drafted in 2004 in the 8th Round by the Anaheim Angels. During his time in the Angel’s farm system, he boasted an impressive list of accolades including being named team Captain, named to both mid and post season All-star games, played in the Future’s Game and was recognized as Best Defensive Third Baseman two years in a row. Sandoval made his major league debut for the Angels in 2008 against the New York Yankees, and was subsequently awarded theAnaheim Angels Organizational Player of the Year. After retiring in 2011, he was named Mental Skills Coach for the Kansas City Royals Organization (which at that time was groundbreaking position that only a handful of other Major League Baseball teams employed) and was with the Royals for their 2014 ALCS and 2015 World Series victories.
In 2016, Freddy left the Royals to spend more time with his family and to launch his business The Choice to Believe; offering professional coaching and consulting services specializing in mental skills and developing mind body connection.
Sandoval recently settled down in the Rogue Valley and is a proud father to two boys. Through his business Choice to Believe, he continues to travel around the world working with Major League players and coaches, Fortune 500 companies, and individuals looking to improve their lives and performance. Along with his new work with the Rogues, he continues to keep a hand in professional baseball as the Mental Skills Coach with the Tijuana Toros in the Mexican League.
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The Medford Rogues kick off their fifth season at home on May 30th against the Yuba City Bears at Harry & David Field. The roster and full 2017 Season Schedule can be found at www.medfordrogues.com