President & CEO
The game of baseball stops being a simple game when you cross over to the professional level. From that moment on, the ability to market and negotiate contracts is as important as the talent and dedication of the player.
That is why people like Melvin Román, an ex-professional baseball player, exist. Roman is the president and CEO of MDR Sports Management, a full-service sports management firm representing professional baseball players, with a specialization in Latin American players.
With more than 15 years of experience, Román oversees the daily operations of every aspect of MDR’s client business matters.
Some of his most significant contract negotiations include a five-year, $75 million contract for catcher Yadier Molina, making him the second-highest paid catcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history as well as a four-year, $27.5 million contract for pitcher Jaime García, among others.
The firm negotiated several top contracts for catcher Yorvit Torrealba, making him the highest-paid backup catcher in MLB history and pitcher Pedro Feliciano’s former New York Yankees’ contract made him the best paid left-handed specialist in the Majors, earning him millions a year
Martínez joined the MDR Sports Management team after spending over a decade in the Major Leagues as an infielder for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets.
He attended Vernon Junior College in Vernon, Texas. After such an extensive big league career, Martinez brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to MDR Sports Management. He works closely with clients for contract matters, equipment deals, and other client maintenance issues.
Padró has been connected to the baseball community for over 20 years both in the U.S. and in Latin American countries.
Padró attended the Central University of Bayamón, Hill College, and San José City College while playing baseball. Recruiting and client maintenance are Padró’s main areas of focus.
Dominican Republic Operations
Rosario has been heavily involved in Dominican Republic baseball for many years. He was an amateur player in the Dominican Republic and recently served as Administrator of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball complex in the Dominican Republic from 2007–2009.
He attended the Technological University of Santiago (UTESA) where he studied marketing. Rosario is responsible for client maintenance and recruiting for MDR Sports Management Dominican Republic operation.
Zaragoza joined MDR Sports Management after having played professional and college baseball. He signed with the New York Mets in 1999 and spent four years in the organization.
He attended Northwest Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
After retiring due to an injury, Zaragoza joined the MDR Sports Management team where he is responsible for recruiting, draft work, and client maintenance.
Client Services Coordinator
Garner has over ten years of experience in the sports management industry, where she has served as Client Services Coordinator for MDR Sports Management since the firm's inception.
In addition to providing athletes with support for all daily Concierge Client Services needs while also facilitating equipment, appearances, signings and memorabilia deals, Garner also serves as Administrative Supervisor for MDR Sports Management. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Alvarez joined MDR as a Marketing Executive, where he focuses on strategy development, corporate communications, endorsements, strategic partnerships, social responsibility, special projects, and overall execution of U.S. and international efforts for the MDR Sports Management brand.
Alvarez brings a wealth of global marketing experience working with brands such as jetBlue, Marriott, TCL, Forbes Dominican Republic and Central America, GlaxoSmithKline, Banana Boat, and Dish Network among others. His philosophy and work ethic is based on his favorite quote from Albert Einstein: “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
Alvarez holds a degree in Business Administration from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in the concentration of Marketing.