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Sweetwater Valley All-Stars coach fired from day job

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On the heels of a major victory for the Bonita-based Sweetwater Valley All-Stars Little League, the team's coach was fired from his day job.

Dugout coach Jaime Ramirez told CBS 8 by phone that he was let go from his job on Monday morning after working at Altar Produce for a year. The company is based out of Calexico.

Ramirez learned of the news via email from his job just after arriving with the team to South Williamsport, Penn. where they will be playing in the Little League World Series starting on Thursday.

A husband and father of three young boys, Ramirez says he was stunned to learn he was out of a job.

"We're all volunteers and we know that something like this is possible especially when you have to take time off work, but it's just like the timing couldn't be any worse," Ramirez said.

Ramirez says he told Altar Produce that he would be taking some time off due to the team's tournament and he says the company told him it was fine for him to use his vacation time to do so and that they would discuss his future duties with the company once he gets back in town.

Ramirez says Altar Produce was in the process of restructuring as they lost an employee on Friday. Ramirez had to renegotiate for his job recently. He worked for the company as an avocado commodity manager and would commute to Mexico frequently. 

Ramirez's 12-year-old son Braiz plays for the All-Stars as #19. His family is fronting the costs to fly his entire family to the East Coast for the big game.

"We know it's going to be tough, but there's only one time your son is going to be 12 and have an experience like this for his community," Ramirez said.

The Sweetwater Valley All-Stars defeated the Waipio little league team of Hawaii 12-9  last Saturday in a West Coast tournament in San Bernadino, CA. From there, the team flew straight to Pennsylvania to start practice.

On top of the job loss, Ramirez says his family just bought a new home in San Diego.

"In this business and in anything, one has to be prepared for things that might come and luckily we are capable of taking the proper steps for that, but it's just upsetting it happened like this," Ramirez said.

In the email sent to Coach Jaime Ramirez, his boss Chris Ramirez of Altar Produce wrote:

"We have been in talk for numerous months regarding this and when I hired you and put you on a one year probation as is typical with all new sales staff. That year is up end of this month… it has nothing to do with your baseball ordeal. Just to make it clear, this has absolutely nothing to do with your coaching. I even told you to consider it your paid vacation no problem."

The email went on to say the job loss was based on sales performance and the company could not keep Jaime Ramirez at the rate he requested.

Meanwhile CBS News 8 has received job offers for Ramirez. 

The Sweetwater Valley All-stars face off against the Great Lakes team from Bowling Green, Kentucky on Thursday.


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