After relocating to the United States in 2001 from his native home of Puerto Rico, then 17-year-old Rene Rivera barely knew English. What he did know was his career goal — to play 10 seasons of major-league baseball.

Nearly 12 years later, Rivera is only a quarter of the way there and not getting any closer playing for the San Diego Padres. While it wasn’t the career the catcher envisioned, the now 29-year-old Rivera hasn’t yet abandoned his lofty dream.

“I definitely want to go back to the Big Leagues,” Rivera said. “I want to get my time. My goal is to get 10 years in the Big Leagues, I got 2 and a half years. There’s a couple more left.”

Read more about Rivera and the Padres in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.