Benito Baez
Benito Baez was born in Dominican Republic. He grew up on a farm where in order to play baseball he formed his baseball glove out of cardboard. As a young teenager he was drafted by the Oakland A’s in 1993. He pitched for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 1996 where as a starting pitcher he finished with an 8-4 record. That season he also met his wife Heather who lived in Comstock Park, MI. In 2001 Benito signed as a free agent with the Florida Marlins. He pitched for the Marlins in 2001 before having a serious arm injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery. It was during that time that God began to work in his heart and through the testimonies and persistent witness of Christian teammates and their wives, Benito and his wife Heather were saved. Benito finished his career in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Benito and Heather have been married for 13 years and have four children. They actively serve at Calvary Chapel Riverside Church in Walker, Michigan. Benito also presently serves through Baseball Chapel as the Spanish chapel leader for the West Michigan Whitecaps.