Denver Post: Rockies Latin Connection

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rolando Fernandez, an original Rockie, is entering his 26th season with the organization. He’s collected enough frequent-flyer miles to circle the globe, with a half-dozen trips to Hawaii left over.

Fernandez’s second home might as well be the Rockies’ $6 million Dominican Academy in Boca Chica, which opened in 2013.

His official title is vice president of international scouting and development. He’s responsible, in some form or fashion, of bringing the Rockies’ best Latin players to Colorado. The roster includes Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacin, Esmil Rogers, Franklin Morales, Manuel Corpas, Raimel TapiaCarlos Estevez and Antonio Senzatela.

Ask a Latin player about Fernandez and you’re likely to get a response bordering on reverence.

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