The NowUp team is comprised of passionate and dedicated individuals that share a love for baseball. Each member of our team has a deep understanding of the obstacles a career in this sport can at times create, along with a steadfast drive to provide solutions to players who have encountered these barriers. Together, our goal is to be the number one resource for professional baseball players during and after their career is over.
A member of the 2008 USA Olympic Baseball team and Bronze medal winner, Matt LaPorta has been a big name in baseball for the past several years. The first baseman and left fielder has most recently played for the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles. LaPorta’s career ended early due to a hip injury – he currently lives in Tampa, FL with his wife, Dara and three children, Sienna, Price and Maddox. LaPorta is surrounded everyday by former players that are struggling to find a job resulting from lack of job experience. His passion lies with NowUp and being that go-to resource to make players feel like they have somewhere to turn for help and guidance.
“Baseball has and will always be a huge part of my life. I want to help others in my shoes, take the skills we as players learn and transition those into tools for success within the job market.”
A Bradenton, Florida native and Major League Baseball American League All-Star, Lance Carter has been in the baseball world for more than 20 years. Starting his professional career out with the Kansas City Royals, Carter has since then played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays, along with an international spell in Japan. On the flip side, Carter spent time on the coaching end of the game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and the University of South Florida in Tampa. Currently living in the Tampa area, Carter is married to his wife, Maeve and they have one daughter, Langley, who is 10 years old. Carter’s first-hand experience with both coaching and playing in the baseball realm has driven him to kick-start NowUp to facilitate an efficient transition from a baseball career to a successful business career.
“I want to be the resource for other former players that I never had.”