Jose Tolentino

COACH JOSE TOLENTINO of Mexico poses for a portrait during the World Baseball Classic Photo Day March 5, 2006 in Tuscon, Arizona. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

MEXICALI B.C. — Excited about the news of his son, Milan Tolentino, being selected number one in the 2019 (LMP) Mexican Pacific Baseball League Draft, Jose Tolentino agreed to an interview.

Q: How do you feel about the news of the Mexicali Aguilas selecting your son, Milan Tolentino, as first pick in the 2019 LMP Draft?

A: I feel very happy, imagine — my son knew before I did and told me, “Father, I’m going to play for the same team you did.”  He is also extremely excited.

Q: In researching Milan’s abilities, we found that he can pitch, play shortstop, bats lefty etc., but who better than his father, Jose, to comment on his athleticism?

A: As a little one he’s been good at baseball. In his first couple years in high school, he started out as catcher but … they moved him over to shortstop where he has become outstanding. Now, he is currently in Florida at an academy which includes the top 80 MLB prospects. A spring training of sorts that last three weeks to prepare for the 2020 draft. An introduction to the game of baseball at the professional level at the age of 17 is a tremendous opportunity that is going well, with plenty of possibilities to land a spot on a team.

Q: Jose, we appreciate the interview, but most of all want to congratulate you for this accomplishment, we wish you much success with the Anaheim Angels, and will be keeping in close contact with the Tolentino Family.

A: Thank you, all. Once Milan has returned, I will have him contact you to continue discussions. 

Jose Tolentino played with the Houston Astros in 1991 and was on the Aguilas roster in the 1992–1993 season. Currently, Jose is a Spanish commentator for Major League Baseball’s Anaheim Angels.

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