Kevin Baez brings a wealth of experience as both a player and a manager to Rockland, along with many professional ties to the New York Metropolitan area throughout his career.
After graduating from nearby Dominican College where he was a star player, Kevin was a 1988 draft pick of the New York Mets, for whom he appeared in 63 games over the course of three Major League seasons. He continued his playing career primarily at the AAA level over the next decade before joining the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks in 2002, and helped his squad capture the league championship in 2004.
His coaching career began in 2007 with the Mets organization, and he took his first turn as a bench boss by returning to Long Island to start the 2011 campaign. Baez managed 1,087 games with the Ducks over eight stellar seasons, posting a 571-516 record with two league titles (2012 and 2013) and six trips to the championship series, including each of the past three seasons.
The new manager of the Red, White and Blue is no stranger to the area, residing in Long Island with his family, and his other professional interests include youth baseball instruction in Queens. He played Little League ball during his childhood in Brooklyn, and made his Major League debut for the Mets at Shea Stadium on September 3, 1990.
Baez, 51, becomes the third manager in Boulders history, following Dave LaPoint (2011-12) and Jamie Keefe (2013-18).
Christopher S. Ahmad, M.D., lead team physician, is a Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmad is the Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees and a member of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association. He is also the head team physician for local area high schools and serves as consultant to local metropolitan gymnastics and swim teams. He is the official medical provider to the FC Westchester Soccer Academy along with Melanie E. Campbell, MS, ATC, FNP-C. Dr. Ahmad completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in 2000. In 2001, Dr. Ahmad completed a fellowship in sports medicine, which included physician team coverage for many professional teams including the LA Dodgers and LA Galaxy.
Dr. Ahmad has received many awards for outstanding research in the field of sports medicine. He is the author of the textbook Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Injuries and Minimally Invasive Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He has ongoing research in the areas of ACL injury prevention and screening, biomechanics of the elbow, and surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair and shoulder instability. Dr. Ahmad’s surgical practice specializes in ACL injuries and meniscal tears, shoulder instability and labral tears, rotator cuff pathology, Tommy John surgery, and advanced arthroscopic surgical techniques for sports related injuries of the knee, shoulder and elbow. Dr. Ahmad’s personal background in Olympic Development-level and nationally ranked college varsity-level soccer stimulated his career path, which is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of youth sports injuries.