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Catching up with Dustin Antolin

Catching up with Dustin Antolin

Written by Franklin Velez

Dustin Antolin has been quite the busy man this offseason. He took on playing for 3 teams over the course of a couple months, including playing in both Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Despite a tough offseason for free agents, he was able to sign with the Chicago White Sox fairly early and is excited to battle for a spot on the big-league roster.

His original worry was being unsure if he’ll get signed by an affiliated club, so the conclusion for him was to play winter ball. Luckily, he caught the eye of one organization in particular, in the Chicago White Sox.

Playing for the Independent Somerset Patriots the year prior, his expectation going in was that the league would be low in talent. To his surprise, he found the experience to be quite enjoyable and his passion for baseball was in a way “revived”.

In 2016, Dustin received a brief cup of coffee in the Majors for a single appearance with the Toronto Blue Jays. He called the outing an experience that was crazy because it was such a long road getting there. Seeing the crowd in the stands and realizing everyone had their eyes on him was incredible.

Many times Dustin felt like quitting, but his reason for being so driven and never quitting on his dream of reaching the MLB was his family. His family was his backbone to ensure he would stick with this profession rather than hanging it up.

Luckily it paid off with him receiving contracts with the Toronto Blue Jays previously and now with the Chicago White Sox. His main message now is you may as well keep throwing the ball because you never know far you can get.

Check out Tyler’s full interview with Dustin Antolin below:

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Mr. Motivation – CJ Beatty is a Mentor On and Off the Field

“Never be afraid of failure…because without failure SUCCESS becomes nearly impossible.” – CJ Beatty 

My last blog post on player Tim Henry and his baseball story, Holding On To A Dream In The Pecos League, featured a “Motivational Nuggets” video produced by CJ Beatty.

CJ, a member of the Chicago White Sox organization, is many things. He is a man of God, a talented baseball player, a business owner, as well as a motivational speaker and life coach with a story to tell.

I first met CJ in 2013 while he was with the Washington Wild Things, and we have since formed a friendship that is irreplaceable. Personally, he has been the motivation I needed to get into shape and take control of my life. I lost 50 pounds, ran my first 5k, and gained a new outlook on life thanks to him. He has been my motivator, confidant, supporter, and my friend.
Me and CJ in May 2013 and again in August 2014 (the day that his contract was purchased by the White Sox.)
“Champions are not born at the end of battle…Champions are born in the midst of battle.” – CJ Beatty

CJ is a lot of things to a lot of people and has helped so many with their dreams.

He’s the perfect example of how a baseball player should be both on and off the field. Often times, he is the first one at the field for extra practice, and the last one to leave after games, always taking the time to meet and talk to his fans.

He is an exceptional motivational speaker and can reach everyone through his words and videos. He has been through adversity, been tested in his faith, experienced the ups and downs of baseball and life, and has lived through failure and success.

CJ is more than open to tell his story and share it with anyone who is willing to listen.

On the baseball side, CJ was drafted out of North Carolina A&T State University by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round of the 2009 MLB draft. He played two seasons with the Cardinals, reaching High A Palm Beach, until his release before the 2011 season.

Not wanting to give up his dream of playing professional baseball, CJ turned to indy ball. He spent the 2011 season in the North American League with Edinburg and San Angelo. In 2012, he started the season with the Lincoln Saltdogs in the American Association but ultimately ended up back in the North American League with the Fort Worth Cats.

After the 2012 season in America, CJ headed to Australia to play for the Brisbane Bandits over the winter. His performance in Brisbane led him to sign a contract with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League for the 2013 season. He spent the entire 2013 season and the 2014 season with the Wild Things until he was signed to a contract by the Chicago White Sox in August 2014.

After being named an All-Star twice and tearing up the Frontier League, CJ earned a second chance at affiliated ball.  He finished out the 2014 season with his home town team, the High A Winston-Salem Dash, and then once again headed down-under to play with the Brisbane Bandits.

He plays the game with true heart and is always the biggest supporter for his teammates. I have witnessed first hand how he can help a team come together and become a band of brothers.

“Support others around you to MAINTAIN your balance in life.” – CJ Beatty

Baseball is what he does, but it also doesn’t define who he is. That is what led him to start his own business, Motivational Nuggets. CJ uses his experiences in baseball to tell a much bigger story as a motivational speaker and life coach.

CJ’s energetic and passionate speeches are designed to motivate and inspire a wide range of audiences. Everyone can benefit from his “Motivational Nuggets” – athletes, students, and anyone else just looking to improve their life.

CJ has been a true inspiration to me and to many others I know.  I am eternally grateful for everything that he has done in my life.

Check out the Motivational Nuggets YouTube Channel and see his inspirational videos for yourself!  

You can also follow CJ on: Facebook, Twitter, and on his website.

“I am God’s instrument…and I’m not afraid to be played.” – CJ Beatty