Nice guys finish first. Nez Balelo is a Major League Baseball super-agent, representing such players as Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona D-Back’ Adam Jones and many more. Balelo also stands out as an anomaly. Raised in San Diego Ca, first-generation Portuguese descent where his family migrated from the Madeira Islands in Portugal and was raised in the Commercial fishing industry, Balelo would become a promising MLB infielder before a devastating accident cut short his playing days.
Adversity and opportunity became the catalysts for Balelo positioning himself as one of the most humble, venerable, and successful professionals in all of sports. After a horrific accident took him permanently out of the lineup, Nez focused on his entrepreneurial skills and opened up a development baseball school outside of Los Angeles called West Coast Baseball School.
At the same time accepted a job with the Atlanta Braves in a Hybrid development, Scouting and consulting role. After a 10-year run working for the Braves and learning the Organization business along with building and purchasing numerous baseball facilities, Balelo took his drive to another level and walked away from the Braves and Sold all of his schools and branding license and started a Sports Agency. Balelo brought with him several players who he developed during these years to start the Agency who all made it to the Major Leagues. After 3 years Balelo already established himself as a name in the Sports agency world having numerous first-round picks and players already entering into the Major Leagues, was asked to join IMG Sports group in a Senior Executive position which eventually moved over to CAA Entertainment to start the Sports group in 2006.
As a major player with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Nez Balelo helps keep CAA Sports atop the standings in MLB player signings. When it comes to the dotted line, Nez is the penultimate example of how MLB players are represented and supported. Instilled with dedication and tenacity from working alongside his father, Balelo knows how ethics, mindset, commitment, and staying active play such a vital role in the prosperity of your organization that led him to the rightful place on Forbes “Most Powerful Sports Agents in the World” list.