Among the first things that strikes someone upon meeting Nomar Mazara is the maturity he has at the ripe age of 20, but he’s been that way since the Texas Rangers first signed him in 2011.
Much of the credit goes to his father, who Mazara said was a general in the Dominican Republic’s navy.
Wait. The Dominican Republic, a small nation filled with easy-going fun-loving citizens, has a navy?
“When people ask me if my father was in the navy, they’re surprised because they have no idea we have a navy,” Mazara said. “It’s totally different than here.”
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The Armada de Republica Dominicana was first formed in 1844 after the Dominican Republic gained its independence from Haiti. There is also a Dominican army and air force, and the three branches of the military have more than 44,000 active-duty members.
As could be expected, there was a lot of structure in the Mazara household in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Education was emphasized by his father, Ramon, who had to study vigorously to climb through the ranks of the Armada de Republica Dominicana. It rubbed off on one of the Rangers’ top prospects.
“Oh, yeah,” Mazara said. “He taught me a lot of stuff, like how to handle myself. He’s a good father to us. He’s been great. He’s always been there to support us.”