By Reagan Fresnel
Manny Rodriguez is a star short-stop and pitcher for the Calvert Hall Cardinals. The eighteen year old senior has proved to be an unstoppable force. He is being courted by division one universities and professional baseball teams.
A native of Brooklyn, New York – Manny moved to Towson his freshman year and began a journey that has him ranked as the number one short-stop in the state of Maryland.
This huge accomplishment did not come easily as Manny’s coach, Brooks Kerr states, “It was hard his freshman year he has matured immensely not just physically but also emotionally. He is now a person that we rely on and he’s made great strides in his four years”.
Manny credits his passion for baseball to his older brother Richard, “We've always had a love for baseball and played catch on our own, we'd it on our own. The first time we joined a team together it was actually not at an earlier age compared to other players it was around eight or nine and he was always by my side. So he really introduced me to baseball”.
Manny dreams of playing on a professional diamond. He is a possible prospect for the 2014 Major League draft. He is also looking at colleges and the University of Cincinnati is high on his list.
Known as a great guy on the field and in the clubhouse, Manny plans on finishing strong as a Calvert Hall Cardinal. In his final baseball season, Manny believes his team will win a championship.
His professional aspirations aside, Manny’s ultimate goal is to be a role model for children and other athletes.