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Major League Baseball announces 22-member class of the inaugural MLB Diversity Fellowship Program

Fellows have been placed at the Commissioner's Office and 18 MLB clubs in front office positions that are traditionally influential in baseball operations decisions

Major League Baseball today announced the 22-member class of the inaugural MLB Diversity Fellowship Program. The Fellows have been placed at the Commissioner's Office or one of 18 MLB Clubs in front office positions that have been traditionally influential in baseball operations decisions. 

Selected individuals for the Club Fellowship will participate in a program that consists of at least 18 months of employment. Fellowships in the Office of the Commissioner in New York City include a minimum three-year commitment for a rotational-based opportunity in three different phases - (1) one year of International Operations; (2) one year of Umpiring and On-field Rules & Regulations; and (3) one year within League Economics. The majority of the Fellows will begin their respective terms in May and June 2018. 

Major League Baseball today announced the 22-member class of the inaugural MLB Diversity Fellowship Program. The Fellows have been placed at the Commissioner's Office or one of 18 MLB Clubs in front office positions that have been traditionally influential in baseball operations decisions. 

Selected individuals for the Club Fellowship will participate in a program that consists of at least 18 months of employment. Fellowships in the Office of the Commissioner in New York City include a minimum three-year commitment for a rotational-based opportunity in three different phases - (1) one year of International Operations; (2) one year of Umpiring and On-field Rules & Regulations; and (3) one year within League Economics. The majority of the Fellows will begin their respective terms in May and June 2018. 

The MLB Diversity Fellowship is part of the Front Office & Field Diversity Pipeline Program. Its intent was to recruit talented professionals of diverse backgrounds who are recent graduates (no more than three years following a Bachelor's, Master's or Juris Doctor Degree) and are either just entering the workforce or still in the early phase of their careers. 

The 22 Fellows represent communities across the United States as well as two foreign countries (the Dominican Republic and Venezuela). The Fellows were students at Ivy League schools, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and other prominent institutions of higher learning. The inaugural class features individuals who, prior to accepting an MLB Diversity Fellowship, were at various stages of their professional and collegiate careers, including serving as interns and employees of MLB Clubs, employees of other professional sports entities, captains of their respective collegiate baseball or softball teams, a college baseball coach, and even as an Assistant District Attorney. 

"Major League Baseball is so pleased to welcome these 22 young men and women into our Baseball Family," said Renée Tirado, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Major League Baseball. "Our Fellowship Program has already accomplished its primary function to secure young, career-focused talent who diversify our front office ranks and also come with a wide array of experiences and backgrounds. The Commissioner's Office and our Clubs will now look to mentor and guide these individuals to what we hope are long, prosperous careers in baseball. We are looking forward to their many great contributions to our sport." 

Below is the inaugural class of the MLB Diversity Fellowship:

•    Katherine Krall (Office of the Commissioner)
•    Cristian Perez (Office of the Commissioner)
•    Alex Lorenzo (Arizona Diamondbacks)
•    Chad Tatum (Baltimore Orioles)
•    Katie Carlson (Chicago Cubs)
•    Nelson Spencer (Cleveland Indians)
•    Brittany Haby (Colorado Rockies)
•    Maggie O'Hara (Detroit Tigers)
•    Daniel Dasgupta (Houston Astros)
•    Albert Gilbert (Los Angeles Dodgers)
•    Benjamin Wong (Miami Marlins)
•    Jason Davis (New York Mets)
•   Amanda Brady (New York Yankees)
•    Francis Scimeca (Philadelphia Phillies)
•    Michael Landestoy (Pittsburgh Pirates)
•    Rohanna Pacheco (San Diego Padres)
•    Samantha Schultz (San Diego Padres)
•    Troy Marrow (San Francisco Giants)
•    Anthony Ortiz (Seattle Mariners)
•    Danielle Dockx (Tampa Bay Rays)
•    Mark Watson (Tampa Bay Rays)
•    Virginia Poulson (Toronto Blue Jays)

Other MLB Clubs, including the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals operate their own programs that support diversifying their talent pipeline as well. 

Major League Baseball is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to recruit, hire and retain the most accomplished and talented professionals. By incorporating diversity and inclusion throughout the culture of baseball, particularly in the business decision-making and personnel processes, Major League Baseball seeks to establish itself as both the employer and sport of choice for all.