Veronica Alvarez

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Veronica Alvarez
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
BornApril 7, 1983 (1983-04-07) (age 36)
Miami, Florida
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Sport
College teamVillanova Wildcats
Veronica Alvarez
Medal record
Women's baseball
Representing  United States
Women's Baseball World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Japan Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Venezuela Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2012 Canada Team competition
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto Team competition

Veronica Alvarez (born April 7, 1983) is an American baseball catcher. She is a member of the United States women's national baseball team which won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Veronica Alvarez was born in Miami, Florida, on April 7, 1983.[3] She is the daughter of Julio and Ofelia Alvarez, two Cuban immigrants, and the younger of two children.[4] Her passion for baseball started at the age of 5, and by the age of 6, she began to play in Little League.[5]

After Little League (where she pitched for the All-Star Team once[6]), she would switch to softball. Playing for former Cuban national team pitcher Hector Torres, she was a member of the Miami Wildcats (later renamed Stingrays) softball team. Of note, Alvarez would earn a scholarship to play at Villanova University. After graduation, she would spend one year playing softball in Valencia, Spain.[7]

With the New England Women's Red Sox, an all-women's baseball team, she was part of the team that captured the 2012 Roy Hobbes Cup.[8]

Life After Baseball

Veronica Alvarez followed her baseball career by working as a career firefighter for the City of Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety Department, where she has played for their softball team. Her hobbies include playing ping-pong with her crew members, but she struggles to live up to her previous history as a champion. She hopes to make a comeback in baseball, and so she has hired the world renowned personal trainer George Trotter to improve her level of fitness.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ring, Jennifer (2015). "Chapter 8: Veronica Alvarez". A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball. Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 121–138. ISBN 978-0803244801.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ALVAREZ, Veronica". Toronto2015.org. Pan American Games. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "Baseball - Event Overview - Women". Toronto2015.org. Pan American Games. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Veronica Alvarez profile". Team USA. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Ring, p. 122.
  5. ^ Ring, p. 124.
  6. ^ Ring, p. 125.
  7. ^ Ring, p. 132.
  8. ^ Ring, p. 258.

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