Miami baseball coach accused of illegally recruiting and housing players from Mexico, Puerto Rico

Corrections & clarifications: A previous version of this story misidentified the member of the Camejo family who was involved in the report. 

A former high school baseball coach in Florida has been accused of illegally recruiting and housing players from Mexico and Puerto Rico in a blatant disregard for Florida High School Athletic Association regulations.

As reported by the Miami New Times, now-former Miami Springs baseball coach Rodolfo “Rudy” Camejo Sr. is accused of housing four former Miami Springs and Southridge baseball players who came to the school district from Mexico and Puerto Rico. The teens allegedly resided in a rented home in the Virginia Gardens section of Miami after the quartet were encouraged to come to America to play high school baseball by Camejo himself.

The findings are just part of an in depth investigation by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Office of the Inspector General, which determined that Camejo may have been involved in the expatriation of as many as 14 prep baseball players since he began coaching in 1983, including the four in question from the 2015 season. Two other district coaches, Southridge’s Eddie Doskow and Willie Vazquez, who also coached at Miami Springs, were implicated in the scandal as well.

Here is a more full iteration of all the violations Camejo is accused of orchestrating, per the Inspector General’s report:

Mr. Camejo acknowledges that he has been “sponsoring” baseball athletes to play for M-DCPS senior high schools since 1983. He estimated that he has recruited 14 athletes over the years, inclusive of the 4 athletes in question in this complaint. The OIG investigation determined that Mr. Camejo:
• Recruited two athletes from Mexico to play varsity baseball in Miami Springs and two athletes from Puerto Rico.
• Housed the two players from Puerto Rico at the request of Coach Doskow.
• Provided free housing (other than $250 for incidentals and entertainment) for all four aforementioned student athletes, in violation of Florida High School Athletic
Association (FHSAA) regulations.
• Was not the “legal guardian duly appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction,” as required by FHSAA.
• Signed a lease agreement with Coach Vazquez, Miami Springs baseball coach, for the house in Virginia Gardens (Miami Springs High School district), where he housed the four athletes.

There is no question that recruiting foreign players and arranging for their room and board is a violation of both the law and spirit of scholastic competition. The school district confirmed that Camejo, who claims to be a former talent scout for Major League Baseball, is no longer an employee of the district. Perhaps that’s all for the best.