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Royals announce retirement of Sal Artiaga

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The Kansas City Royals today announced that Sal Artiaga, the club’s Coordinator of Cultural Development the past three seasons, retired on October 31 after 48 years of service in professional baseball.

“Sal’s contributions to both the Royals and professional baseball are immeasurable,” said Royals Director of Player Development Scott Sharp.  “He is the pioneer of cultural assimilation for Latin American players and his 48-year career has left an indelible mark on the game of baseball.”

Artiaga began his baseball career in 1965 with El Paso in the Texas League and worked in a variety of capacities since that time.  Artiaga spent the 1967-1982 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in the scouting and player development department.  He was an administrator and later president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues until 1991 before working one season as president of the Arizona Fall League.  Artiaga was the coordinator of culture development for the Chicago White Sox from 1993-1999 before an 11-year stint as Director of Latin American Operations for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1999-2009. 

In addition to his work experience, Artiaga has authored many books to assist young Latin American players’ transition to professional baseball in the United States.  A native of Los Luna, N.M., Artiaga and his wife, Marlene, reside in Palm Harbor, Fla.

For more information contact the Royals Media Relations Department.The Kansas City Royals today announced that Sal Artiaga, the club’s Coordinator of Cultural Development the past three seasons, retired on October 31 after 48 years of service in professional baseball.

“Sal’s contributions to both the Royals and professional baseball are immeasurable,” said Royals Director of Player Development Scott Sharp.  “He is the pioneer of cultural assimilation for Latin American players and his 48-year career has left an indelible mark on the game of baseball.”

Artiaga began his baseball career in 1965 with El Paso in the Texas League and worked in a variety of capacities since that time.  Artiaga spent the 1967-1982 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in the scouting and player development department.  He was an administrator and later president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues until 1991 before working one season as president of the Arizona Fall League.  Artiaga was the coordinator of culture development for the Chicago White Sox from 1993-1999 before an 11-year stint as Director of Latin American Operations for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1999-2009. 

In addition to his work experience, Artiaga has authored many books to assist young Latin American players’ transition to professional baseball in the United States.  A native of Los Luna, N.M., Artiaga and his wife, Marlene, reside in Palm Harbor, Fla.

For more information contact the Royals Media Relations Department.

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