Former professional baseball player who is known for his work in the MLB as part of the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the Chicago White Sox. He is also known for his work in politics and worked as the Minister of Youth and Sports in Venezuela from 2014 until 2015.
With a passion for baseball early on, he was signed to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the age of 16. After graduating high school, he joined the Gulf Coast League Pirates. He was then signed to the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and later the Brother Elephants in 2006. His career in politics later came in 2013 when he joined the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
He is also known for being a reggaeton artist and used the stage name El Porto Alvarez to perform. He is known for his hit singles "Lo que no sabes tu" and "Bla, Bla, Bla." He has also performed with the musical duo Chino & Nacho.
He was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and married Dayana Colmenares in 2013.
He was previously married to Miss Venezuela 1984 winner Astrid Carolina Herrera from 2002 until May of 2005.