For the past 11 years of his baseball career, Jesus Chavez has had the best view of a game — from the field.

Ever since he started on the Española Valley varsity team as an eighth grader in 2011, Chavez has never spent much time on the bench — other than for the half inning when the rest of his team hit and the rare day off. From his five-year career as a Sundevil to stints at Otero Junior College, the University of the Southwest and New Mexico Highlands University — and now for two seasons with the Santa Fe Fuego — Chavez’s place has been on the field.

“As far as a bench role, I’ve never really experienced that,” Chavez said.

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