had the same dream, but he
settled for being a baseball scout.
own business, which appears to be pretty successful.
He is the chief executive and founder of the Baseball Factory, an $11 million Columbia-based company whose main mission - and core business - is helping kids to develop their talent and make it to the college level.
Sclafani and Baseball Factory President Rob Naddelman, both former infielders for the University of Pennsylvania, are equal partners.
"I had to beg the coach to come out and see me play," Sclafani
was recruited as a walk-on second baseman for Villanova
, which means he
played but received no financial aid for his
stayed one year before transferring to Penn, where he
attended the Annenberg School for Communication
and started as the team's second baseman.
The payoff, according to Sclafani
, is that he
knows how to play the game - that is, the game of grabbing college coaches' attention.
has parlayed that into a baseball business for him and Naddelman.
"The fact that it was so hard for me to get recruited was the impetus for the business," Sclafani
After graduating in 1993 from Penn
, where he
was strong on defense but an average hitter, he
sold advertising for a publishing company and spent his
personal time giving coaching lessons and scouting players for Mike Toomey, who was then with the Texas Rangers.
was living in an apartment in Elkridge, not making much money but doing something he
and Naddelman used their contacts in Maryland and New Jersey, visiting various coaches and baseball programs to find players to mentor.
"We were scrambling to figure out how to service everybody, doing videotaping, evaluation, talking to colleges," Sclafani
hasn't hit a financial home run yet, but he
certainly is making contact with the fastball.