CATCHING A BIG-LEAGUE DREAM
“The first person I met when I walked in to sign my contract was Derek Jeter. He could tell I was new, and he looked over at me and said, ‘Hey new guy. I’m Derek Jeter.’ And I said, ‘I’m Radley Haddad. I know who you are.’ He came over and shook my hand, and from there I was a member of the Yankee family.”
When playing baseball for standout Western Carolina University didn’t work out as he’d hoped, Radley Haddad transferred to Butler University in 2010 to focus on academics. As a member of Butler’s baseball team, he played in every game, and major league scouts took notice. After four years in the minor leagues, he signed with the New York Yankees in 2013 and today, he’s the team’s bullpen catcher.
“My plan is to learn as much as I can and get into coaching or managing. Obviously, you don’t want to give up being in Yankee Stadium, so I’m enjoying every day and applying what I’ve learned along the way to be the best man I can be.”
New York Yankees
Class of 2008