Alumni Update: Professional baseball player Alex Smith, MHS ‘07

Alex Smith graduated from MHS in 2007 and  is a professional baseball player with the New York Yankees. He’s currently in Tampa, Fla., for spring training.

Born and raised in Manchester, Alex attended Saint James from kindergarten through eighh grade before moving on to Manchester High. After graduation, he attended the University of New Haven. A “one-sport athlete,” Alex's main focus was baseball from a very young age. “I really didn't want to do anything else in my life other than become a professional athlete,” he says. “I always excelled at baseball but in the grand scheme of things, compared to other players, I would consider myself an average high school player.” Alex says he did not realize his full potential until he was in his 20s . He’s now 26 “and still working every day to better myself.”

Path To The Yankees
The University of New Haven, Ales says, “is where I learned what it meant to work hard and I really saw progress throughout my career there.The coaching staff was great to me and taught me how to be a better student first, and baseball player second.” After the 2011 amateur draft -- he was not selected -- Alex moved to California for 10 months to continue his search for a professional baseball contract. He eventually received a tryout with the Seattle Mariners in early 2012. That tryout led to a contract with an independent baseball team in St. Louis, which led to another tryout with the Yankees in February of 2012. (All his stats are here.)

The Minors
Alex has played for four minor league teams in the past four years -- in Staten Island, N.Y., Tampa, Charleston, S.C. and Trenton, N.J. “Now I am chasing my dreams of becoming a big leaguer with the Yankees organization,” he says. Alex lives in Durham, NC with girlfriend Michele Fox (“who I met at Manchester High in 2006.”) He added: “I spend my offseason preparing for the next season and coaching young men in baseball and hopefully their personal lives.”

“The biggest memories I took from Manchester were lessons I learned from coaches in Little League, travel baseball and teachers: Being humble and not taking anything for granted especially the people you meet along the way.” He added: “Showing respect will get you respect.”

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