Jeremy Booth, President of Program 15, has officially confirmed reports that three Major League Baseball veterans have been tapped to play key roles in the highly anticipated expansion of the Houston-based Baseball Player Development operation.
Chuck McElroy has joined Program 15 as National Pitching Coordinator. McElroy is a 12 year veteran of the Major Leagues including time with the Phillies, Cubs, Reds, Angels, Rockies, Orioles, White Sox, and Padres.
Booth stated, “I’m thrilled to have a proven winner and renowned teacher like Chuck McElroy come on board. The tenacity and passion that Chuck brings from his playing career have molded so many young players into Champions”.
Joining Program 15 as Hitting Coordinator is 2004 Major League All-Star Ken Harvey. The former first baseman was the Kansas City Royals only player selected to the 2004 American League All-Star roster where he shared the dugout with some of the decade’s biggest names, including David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriquez, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter.
“Having a player of Ken’s caliber on the P15 faculty is just one of the things that set us apart, it’s what sets our players apart. Learning from the highest level of experience versus theory is a rare opportunity and an experience that our young men will never forget”, Booth exclaimed.
One of the strongest testaments to Booth’s reputation and commitment to Program 15 came with the announcement that former MLB Vice President of On-Field Discipline, Bob Watson, has stepped into the role of Special Assistant to the President, Jeremy Booth.
Watson’s impressive career spans 50 years, including 19 years as a player. He made his MLB debut in 1966 with the Houston Astros, where he became a fan favorite and represented the team in two all star games over the next 13 years. He rounded out his playing career with the Red Sox, Braves and Yankees. He would later take on the role as General Manager of the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, where he won the World Series in 1996.
After winning the World Title, Watson joined the MLB commissioner’s office as the VP of On-Field Discipline and built USA Baseball from the ground up. Although he retired from both posts in 2011, Watson continues to be active in both the MLB Players and Alumni Associations.
Upon revealing Watson’s role with Program 15, Booth said, “We are extremely fortunate to have Bob Watson, the man who many credit with building the Yankees empire, helping us in our mission. It’s not often that kids at the high school or even college levels have the chance to benefit from this kind of track record. Having access to Bob’s experience and desire to impact all levels of today’s player through proper development and scouting really makes what we are doing at Program 15 unparalleled”.
With the additions of Bob Watson, Chuck McElroy, and Ken Harvey to the Program 15 family, Jeremy Booth’s vision of changing the face of Baseball Player Development has taken a giant leap in becoming a reality.
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