NEW YORK, N.Y. - Omar Minaya is switching sides.The former New York Mets general manager left his job as senior vice-president of the San Diego Padres on Thursday to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark.Born in the Dominican Republic, Minaya started in baseball management as a scout for the Texas Rangers, where he helped sign Sammy Sosa. He became the major leagues first Hispanic general manager with the Montreal Expos from 2002 to 2004. He left the Expos to become GM of his hometown Mets, who fired him after the 2010 season. He was hired by the Padres in December 2011 as senior VP of baseball operations under GM Josh Byrnes, who was fired last June.Our membership that comes from the Latin countries is growing, Clark said. That means having folks on staff that are reflective of those countries, that have the ability to communicate with players in their native language.Minaya will focus on international affairs and game development in the U.S., including amateur ball. The number of Dominican and Cuban players in the major leagues has increased, and management hopes to get agreement on an international draft in the collective bargaining agreement that expires after the 2016 season. Currently, only players residing in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are subject to a draft.These are going to be major issues as the game goes forward, Minaya said.He is following the path of Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, who left his job as executive vice-president/senior adviser of the Padres after a dozen years in December 2013 to become a special assistant to Clark at the Major League Baseball Players Association.It probably hasnt happened very often, said Clark, the former All-Star first baseman who took over as union chief after Michael Weiners death in November 2013.The 56-year-old Minaya is reversing the path of former major leaguer Tony Bernazard, who was a special assistant for the union from 1992 until he left to work for Minaya and the Mets from 2004-09.Clark said he expected it to be a long relationship. Minaya said it was difficult to leave scouting and player development.When you are a baseball operations guy, and you are a guy like myself, every morning you wake up and youre thinking youre in the hunt, the hunt for that player, Minaya said. Look, I love scouting. I loved being a scout. I loved talking to coaches, talking to family, talking to players, understanding that. Every day you wake up, if youre the general manager, you try to get that trade. If youre a scout, you try to beat somebody to a player. Ruben Loftus-Cheek Jersey .Johnny there, who knew he had that speed? teammate Tommy Wingels said.Scott and Matt Irwin were unlikely goal-scorers Tuesday night as the previously stingy San Jose Sharks finally sprung a leak or two, blowing a pair of three-goal leads before coming away with a 6-5 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals. Gary Cahill England Jersey .Y. -- Mark Steenhuis scored four goals and added two assists to lead the Buffalo Bandits over the Toronto Rock 12-10 in National Lacrosse League action on Saturday. http://www.englandsoccerpro.com/Gary-Cahill-England-Jersey/. But back-up Peter Budaj has put up two wins and an overtime loss while starting three games in four nights since Price went down with a suspected groin injury. Jack Butland England Jersey . Bilbaos first victory in four rounds lifted it four points clear of Real Sociedad and kept it in command of Spains last Champions League berth for next season. In contrast, Betis was left 11 points from safety after a dismal performance that at times bordered on self-destruction amid some questionable refereeing decisions. Danny Rose England Jersey . -- Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias says he has stress fractures in both legs and isnt sure when hell be able to play again, leaving the Tigers two weeks to fill his spot for opening day and perhaps a lot longer.NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Brooklyn Nets say forward Mirza Teletovic, hospitalized last week in Los Angeles with blood clots in his lungs, is being released and travelling home.Team physician Dr. Michael Farber says Wednesday he expects Teletovic to make a full recovery.Teletovic was diagnosed with pulmonary embolus following a loss to the Clippeers last Thursday and started on blood-thinning medications.dddddddddddd Farber says in a statement that testing shows Teletovic has reached the expected therapeutic range and shows no symptoms at this time.The forward from Bosnia will miss the rest of the season. Farber says further testing will be performed if necessary. Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticJerseys From ChinaCheap Jerseys Free ShippingCheap NFL T-shirtsWholesale Nike NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys ChinaDiscount NFL Jerseys ' ' '