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MLB 2011: Key Latino Player on Every Team

Spring training 2011 is finally underway with all teams with their full squads.

 

This is the time of the baseball calendar that every franchise will tell you no matter in Arizona or Florida that they have the best team and they are full of optimism for the new season.

 

This is the time of the year that every General Manager and skippers among news and cliches will address the media of their perspective of who will be their man for the season.

 

Tampa Bay Rays’ Manager Joe Maddon said back in 2008 that you need nine players, playing smart and and hard every nine innings to make a team a championship one.

 

Maddon formula worked that year taking his team all the way to the World Series.

 

Just ask nowadays to Maddon who he is counting for in 2011 and faster than you can imagine his two names are Evan Longoria and David Price.

 

Reality is that every team needs a so called “key player”. The one some teams calls a franchise player or simply the one everyone is looking to step up.

 

Probably there will be some arguments, nonetheless this is my Latino key player for each team in 2011.

 

Time will tell if I am right.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
Baltimore Orioles- DH Vladimir Guerrero
Boston Red Sox-1B Adrian Gonzalez
New York Yankees-2B Robinson Cano
Tampa Bay Rays-DH Manny Ramirez
Toronto Blue Jays-OF Jose Bautista

CENTRAL
Chicago White Sox- SS Alexei Ramirez
Detroit Tigers-1B Miguel Cabrera
Cleveland Indians- C Carlos Santana
Kansas City Royals- P Joakim Soria
Minnesota Twins- P Francisco Liriano
WEST
Los Angeles Angels- 1B Kendry Morales
Oakland A’s- OF David de Jesus
Seattle Mariners- P Felix Hernandez
Texas Rangers- P Neftali Feliz

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
Atlanta Braves- OF Martin Prado
Florida Marlins- SS Hanley Ramirez
New York Mets- SS Jose Reyes
Philadelphia Phillies- C Carlos Ruiz
Washington Nationals- C Ivan Rodriguez

CENTRAL

Cincinnati Reds- P Aroldis Chapman

Chicago Cubs- C Geovany Soto
Houston Astros- P Wandy Rodriguez
Milwaukee Brewers-P Yovani Gallardo
Pittsburgh Pirates-3B Pedro Alvarez
St. Louis Cardinals- 1B Albert Pujols

WEST

Arizona D’Backs- C Miguel Montero
Colorado Rockies- P Ubaldo Jimenez
Los Angeles Dodgers- SS Rafael Furcal

San Diego Padres- 1B/3B Jorge Cantu
San Francisco Giants- 3B Pablo Sandoval

 

Ozzie Guillen: Spokesman For MLB Latinos?


ozzie guillen.jpgOzzie Guillen next rant should be against the National Football League.

The Chicago White Sox fiery manager should speak not only for Latinos but in defense of all baseball. A sort of spokesman for MLB.

For first time in history the NFL is about to rank its 100 best players.

The NFL, through their broadcasting arm NFL Films, will feature a 10-show series The Top 100: The NFL’s Greatest Players, debuting September 3 on its own NFL Network.

It sounds incredible that nowadays that rankings are common in every sport, football is so behind.

Guillen can be the mouthpiece of MLB.

He can tell them that baseball has done previous rankings such as in 1999 the Major League Baseball All-Century Team or The Major League Baseball Latino Legends Team selected in 2005 to honor the history of Latin American players in the majors.

By the way, the night the Latino Legends Team was announced prior at a ceremony to Game Four of the 2005 World Series later that night Guillén became the first Latin-born manager to win a World Series.

Instead of so much spout and rave, Guillen should be kind of instructor or coach for all those fans he says still does not know much about Latinos in Major League Baseball.

No more excuses there is still racism in baseball.

It is hard to believe that people still these days do not know about such modern day stars such as Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Ubaldo Jimenez, Mariano Rivera, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and many, many others.

This should be an easier task to Guillen than try to explain why New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is consider the top Latino player in the NFL.

To put my two cents in I will give Guillen my list of the Top 100: MLB’s Top Latino Players in history.

I bet he will have its own opinion but this should be a start. Let an Asian spokesman speak for Ichiro, Hideki Matsui and many others.

Ozzie could still be Ozzie and do good for all baseball.

By the way, my Top 100: MLB’s Top Latino Players.

PITCHERS

Wilson Alvarez (Venezuela)

Joaquin Andujar (Dominican Republic)

Armando Benitez (Dominican Republic)

Pedro Borbon (Dominican Republic)

John Candelaria (Puerto Rico)

Bartolo Colon (Dominican Republic)

Mike Cuellar (Cuba)

Freddy Garcia (Venezuela)

Guillermo Hernandez (Puerto Rico)

Livan Hernandez (Cuba)

Orlando Hernandez (Cuba)

Roberto Hernandez (Puerto Rico)

Ubaldo Jimenez (Dominican Republic)

Adolfo Luque (Cuba)

Juan Marichal (Dominican Republic)

Dennis Martinez (Nicaragua)

Pedro Martinez (Dominican Republic)

Ramon Martinez (Dominican Republic)

Jose Mesa (Dominican Republic)

Camilo Pascual (Cuba)

Juan Pizarro (Puerto Rico)

Jose Rijo (Dominican Republic)

Mariano Rivera (Panama)

Francisco Rodriguez (Venezuela)

Mario Soto (Dominican Republic)

Johan Santana (Venezuela)

Luis Tiant (Cuba)

Ugueth Urbina (Dominican Republic)

Fernando Valenzuela (Mexico)

Carlos Zambrano (Venezuela)

CATCHERS

Sandy Alomar Jr. (Puerto Rico)

Javier Lopez (Puerto Rico)

Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico)

Tony Peña (Dominican Republic)

Jorge Posada (Puerto Rico)

Ivan Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)

Benito Santiago (Puerto Rico)

FIRST BASEMAN

Miguel Cabrera (Venezuela)

Rod Carew (Panama)

Rico Carty (Dominican Republic)

Orlando Cepeda (Puerto Rico)

Carlos Delgado (Puerto Rico)

Andres Galarraga (Venezuela)

Rafael Palmeiro (Cuba)

Victor Pellot Power (Puerto Rico)

Tony Perez (Cuba)

Albert Pujols (Dominican Republic)

SECOND BASEMAN

Roberto Alomar (Puerto Rico)

Beto Avila (Mexico)

Carlos Baerga (Puerto Rico)

Luis Castillo (Dominican Republic)

Julio Franco (Dominican Republic)

Cookie Rojas (Cuba)

Tony Taylor   (Cuba)

Manny Trillo (Venezuela)

THIRD BASEMAN

Bobby Bonilla (Puerto Rico)

Vinny Castilla (Mexico)

Mike Lowell (Puerto Rico)

Alex Rodriguez (Dominican Republic)

SHORTSTOP

Luis Aparicio (Venezuela)

Bert Campaneris (Cuba)

David Concepcion (Venezuela)

Tony Fernandez (Dominican Republic)

Ozzie Guillen (Venezuela)

Edgar Renteria (Colombia)

Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic)

Jose Reyes (Dominican Republic)

Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic)

Zoilo Versalles (Cuba)

Omar Vizquel (Venezuela)

OUTFIELD

Bobby Abreu (Venezuela)

Felipe Alou (Dominican Republic)

Mateo Alou (Dominican Republic)

Moises Alou (Dominican Republic)

Tony Armas (Venezuela)

George Bell (Dominican Republic)

Carlos Beltran (Puerto Rico)

Jose Canseco (Cuba)

Jose Cardenal (Cuba)

Leo Cardenas (Cuba)

Cesar Cedeño (Dominican Republic)

Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico)

Jose Cruz, Sr. (Puerto Rico)

Juan Gonzalez (Puerto Rico)

Pedro Guerrero (Dominican Republic)

Vladimir Guerrero (Dominican Republic)

Minnie Miñoso (Cuba)

Raul Mondesi (Dominican Republic)

Omar Moreno (Panama)

Manny Mota (Dominican Republic)

Ben Oglivie (Panama)

Tony Oliva (Cuba)

Magglio Ordoñez (Venezuela)

Manny Ramirez (Dominican Republic)

Ruben Sierra (Puerto Rico)

Alfonso Soriano (Dominican Republic)

Sammy Sosa (Dominican Republic)

Bernie Williams (Puerto Rico)

DESIGNATED HITTER

Edgar Martinez (Puerto Rico)

David Ortiz (Dominican Republic)

2011 All-Star Game in Arizona: Let it Be !

miguelmontero.jpgIn 1997 Major League Baseball in conjunction with then the Classic Sports Network, today ESPN Classic, choose what was called the Major League Baseball All-Time Team.

The so-called all-time team was announced as part of the events around the 1997 All-Star Game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the Cleveland Indians of the American League.

Among names of the team selection were Johnny Bench, Lou Gehrig, Roger Hornsby, Mike Schmidt, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, and many more of the greats of the game.

However, not even one Latino.

Beyond belief in an all-star game that every run scored and RBI made in the game was by a Latino player. Home runs were hit by Edgar Martinez and Sandy Alomar Jr. and the only run of the National League was a homer by then-Atlanta Brave Javy Lopez. The game was won by then-Royal Jose Rosado and saved by Yankee Mariano Rivera.

Many columns have been written about the new Arizona immigration law and all the sparks of a 2011 All-Star boycott. Players such as Yovani Gallardo and Joakim Soria said in Anaheim they are firm in their beliefs. Even if they are fortunate enough to make the All-Star team again next summer, they will skip it.

I’m not into politics, but the truth is that Major League Baseball should do more to recognize the Latino influence in the majors.

Let the game be in Arizona. Here goes my penny-pinching idea to Major League Baseball and one of today’s TV networks.

In Phoenix, announce the first ever Latino Major League All-Star Team around the 2011 All-Star Game festivities.

It is just a simple celebration of the best Latinos in the history of All-Star games.

Probably a balmy idea; however, it is one way to be in unity and harmony with the Latino community and to not repeat blunders of the past.

Nobody should forget back in 1999 when many Latino fans were unhappy that no Latino players had been elected in the Major League All-Century Team.

In particular, Roberto Clemente, who had finished 10th among outfielders and missed the cut. Baseball tried to assuage fans’ complaints in 2005 by announcing the “Latino Legends Team.”

If Major League Baseball needs assistance this will be my Major League Baseball Latino All-Time Team:

C- Ivan Rodriguez ( 14 All-Star games)

1B-Rod Carew (18 All-Star games-Hall of Famer)

2B-Roberto Alomar (12 All-Star games-1998 All-Star Game MVP)

3B-Alex Rodriguez (13 All-Star games)

SS-David Concepcion (nine All-Star games-1982 All-Star Game MVP)

OF-Roberto Clemente (12 All-Star games-Hall of Famer)

OF-Vladimir Guerrero (nine All-Star games)

OF-Manny Ramirez (12 All-Star games)

DH-Edgar Martinez (seven All-Star games)

P-Juan Marichal (10 All-Star games-1965 All-Star Game MVP-Hall of Famer)

P-Pedro Martinez (eight All-Star games-1999 All-Star Game MVP)

RP-Mariano Rivera (11 time All-Star games)

Furthermore, another good chance in timing that Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 could be retired from Major League Baseball.

No one knows what will happen next; however, it will be a goodwill act from the host Diamondbacks to demonstrate that Arizona truly believes in multiculturalism and are against possible racial profiling in their own backyard.

The Phoenix Suns, back in May, wore their “Los Suns” jerseys to honor its Latino community. Diamondbacks should start with few given days this season wearing a “Los Cascabeles” shirt as a good start.

The 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona should be the showcase to stand up and voice what should be right.

Edwin Rodriguez IS The Man For The Florida Marlins


edwinrodriguez1.jpgNo more interim label. No more sentimental stories about becoming the first Puerto Rican to manage in the Major Leagues.

From now on, Edwin Rodriguez is the man.

No doubt, Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria hit the equivalent of a home run.

Loria named Rodriguez his manager for the remainder of the season in his own backyard in Puerto Rico during the San Juan Series 2010 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in the three-game series against the New York Mets.

Rodriguez was named interim manager last June 23 when Florida fired Fredi Gonzalez, its all-time “winning-est” skipper. Gonzalez was dismissed after going 276-279 in 3½ seasons.

However, Loria is giving Rodriguez the responsibility of making his dreams come true.

Since spring training, Loria has said that he entered this season with expectations for the Marlins to be a playoff contender and nothing less.

Loria surely hopes that Rodriguez will pull out some kind of sorcery like Jack McKeon did back in 2003.

In 2003, Loria had the same expectations from his team: a post-season appearance.

After a 16-22 start, manager Jeff Torborg was fired and veteran McKeon was hired to replace him. He led the team to the 2003 World Series victory against the New York Yankees.

It all sounds like a magic trick. However, Loria is well known and will not accept excuses.

Seven years ago the Marlins were in fourth place and 11 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in National League East. As of June 29 this season, the situation looks similar. The Marlins have a 36-40 record and are in fourth place, eight and one half games behind Atlanta.

Rodriguez knows that this is his big chance.

Only in October we will know if his adventure turns into a fortuitous reality. Who knows? He could be the second Latin American Manager to win a World Series.

Rodriguez should ask for advice from Ozzie Guillen. In 2003, Guillen was the third base coach for the championship Marlins team, and later on, the man of the moment lifted from the bench his 2005 Chicago White Sox World Championship.

Los Latinos Mejores Pagados en el 2010 en las Grandes Ligas


 
La acción beisbolera está en todo su apogeo y  muchos fanaticos ya quieren saber la escala salarial de esta temporada 2010 de las Grandes Ligas.

Según un reporte publicado por el diario USA TODAY diez de los mejores 25 jugadores mejores pagos esta campaña son de sangre latina.

Para todos aquellos curiosos aquí les ofrecemos la lista de los mejores diez latinoamericanos mejor pagos en las mayores y por franquicia y ellos son:

LOS MEJORES 10:
Alex Rodriguez, $ 33,000,000,Yankees de Nueva York
Johan Santana, $ 20,144,707, Mets de Nueva York
Miguel Cabrera, $ 20,000,000, Tigres de Detroit
Carlos Beltran, $ 19,401,569, Mets de Nueva York
Carlos Lee, $ 19,000,000, Astros de Houston
Alfonso Soriano, $ 19,000,000, Cachorros de Chicago
Carlos Zambrano, $ 18,875,000, Cachorros de Chicago
Manny Ramirez, $ 18,695,006,  Dodgers de Los Angeles
Magglio Ordonez, $ 17,825,976, Tigres de Detroit
Aramis Ramirez, $ 16,750,000, Cachorros de Chicago

POR FRANQUICIA:
LIGA AMERICANA

Julio Lugo, $9,250,000,  Orioles de Baltimore
David Ortiz, $13,000,000 , Medias Rojas de Boston
Alexis Rios, $10,200,000, Medias Blancas de Chicago
Fausto Carmona, $5,087,500, Indios de Cleveland
Miguel Cabrera, $ 20,000,000, Tigres de Detroit
Jose Guillen, $12,000,000, Reales de Kansas City
Bobby Abreu, $9,000,000,  Angelinos de Los Angeles
Francisco Liriano, $1,600,000,  Gemelos de Minnesota
Alex Rodriguez, $ 33,000,000,  Yankees de Nueva York
Edwar Ramirez, $427,000 ,  A’s de Oakland
Felix Hernandez, $7,200,000, Marineros de Seattle|
Carlos Peña, $10,125,000,  Rays de Tampa Bay
Vladimir Guerrero, $5,500,000,   Rangers de Texas
Edwin Encarnacion, $5,175,000 ,  Azulejos de Toronto

LIGA NACIONAL
Miguel Montero, $2,000,000, Cascabeles de Arizona
Melky Cabrera, $3,100,000,  Bravos de Atlanta
Alfonso Soriano, $ 19,000,000,  Cachorros de Chicago
Francisco Cordero, $12,125,000,  Rojos de Cincinnati
Jorge de la Rosa, $5,600,000,  Rockies de Colorado
Hanley Ramirez, $7,000,000,  Marlins de Florida
Carlos Lee, $ 19,000,000,  Astros de Houston
Manny Ramirez, $ 18,695,006,  Dodgers de Los Angeles
Carlos Gomez, $1,100,000 ,  Cerveceros de Milwaukee
Johan Santana, $ 20,144,707, Mets de Nueva York
Placido Polanco, $5,166,666,  Phillies de Philadelphia
Octavio  Dotel, $3,250,000,  Piratas de Pittsburgh
Albert Pujols, $14,595,953 , Cardenales de San Luis
Adrian Gonzalez, $4,875,000,  Padres de San Diego
Edgar Renteria, $10,000,000 , Gigantes de San Francisco
Cristian Guzman, $8,000,000 ,  Nacionales de Washington

El Mejor Equipo Grandes Ligas Latino Con $80 Millones

 


Es una realidad que la económia de los Estados Unidos sigue por el piso y el béisbol organizado no esta siendo una excepción a ser una de sus victimas.

Por primera vez desde 1988 el salario promedio de los peloteros bajó un 17 porciento y más de la mitad de las 30 franquicias que componen las ligas mayores bajaron sus nominas grandemente para esta recien comenzada temporada 2010.

Una vez más los dueños de equipos vieron desde la primavera como muchos de sus auspiciadores cancelaron y retiraron us anuncios para esta campaña por asuntos financieros. Más el bolsillo de Juan Fanatico está tan afectado que muy seguramente volverá a bajar las asistencias en los estadios.

Muchas franquicias registraron bajas en sus asistencias para su dia inaugural por segundo año consecutivo.

No importando como está la economia me dí a la tarea por cuarta campaña consecutiva a ser el dueño de mi propia franquicia y como soy el jefe de mi propio equipo esta compuesto solo por jugadores latinoamericanos.

La encomienda no fue nada de facil porque al igual que la temporada pasada tomé la decisión de utilizar el promedio salarial de muchas de las actuales novelas de las mayores. Este año aumente la nomina de $75 a $80 millones.

La asignación como gerente general es hacer un conjunto competitivo y a la vez con pocos millones uno de Serie Mundial.

Dicen los que saben que la clave de triunfo en las Grandes Ligas esta en el pitcheo y mi cuadro de iniciadores entiendo es de lo mejor.

Mis cinco iniciadores para esta campaña 2010 son Felix Hernández, Javier Vazquez, Ubaldo Jimenez, Johnny Cueto y Jonathan Sánchez. Todos probados y de gran calidad.

Mis relevistas lo son Alfredo Aceves, Neftali Feliz, Javier López, Franklin Morales, Fernando Nieve y José Veras. El cerrador de mi novena lo es Joakim Soria.

Entiendo que en este ultimo grupo hay un balance perfecto de serpentineros de ambas manos y Soria es un cerrador Todo Estrella probado en las Mayores. El costo total de los 12 serpentineros utilizando la tabla salarial de esta temporada 2010 es de alrededor de $28 millones.

Para la bateria de los lanzadores, mi receptor regular lo será el Guante de Oro de la Liga Nacional Yadier Molina y de segundo receptor el Novato del Año del 2008 Geovany Soto. Ambos sus salarios actuales no llegan juntos a $5 millones.

Con el ahorro logrado, en mi cuadro interior reclute a varios de lo major de lo mejor del presente en las Grandes Ligas.  El inicialista Kendry Morales y el campocorto Hanley Ramírez. Jugando de bateria con Ramírez seleccioné como su segunda base a Robinson Canó.

Para balancear el presupuesto el antesalista de la novena lo es Pablo Sandoval.

Como reserva del cuadro interior seleccioné a Yunel Escobar y Alberto Callaspo que son jugadores versatiles y pueden jugar cualquier posicion.

En los bosques, mi cuadro regular lo es en el derecho Angel Págan, en el central Franklin Gutierrez y en el izquierdo Carlos Lee. Los dos jardineros reservas lo son Nelson Cruz y Carlos González.

En el cuadro interior siguiendo los salarios a devengar este año la inversión es de alrededor de $20 millones. En este grupo los de mayor salario son Ramirez y Cano que entre ambos devengan casi $16 millones.

Entre estos cinco jardineros hay una inversión de alrededor de $24 millones.

El conjunto tiene buenos guantes defensivos y el bateo tiene promedio y poder. Y un muy buen banco. Sin duda un conjunto como este estoy seguro le daria batalla a cualquiera no importa si en la Liga Americana o en el circuito nacional.

Soñar no cuesta nada y sí bien saca cuenta por un poco menos de $80 millones entiendo este es el mejor equipo latinoamericano que buen dinero puede comprar y tiene todo el potencial de llegar hasta un Clásico de Octubre.

Estoy seguro que algún día será un equipo latino una realidad.

Due Up Next: Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa

palmeirososa.jpgMark McGwire finally came clean with the truth.

The “Bic Mac” was not different to former performance-enhancing drugs users Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, Manny Ramirez, Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz.

In the long run, they have to admit it–they were cheaters.

At least, McGwire called it the most “regrettable mistake” in his life.

The question nowadays is “who’s next?”

Next should be Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa.

Both have yet to divulge their personal transgressions.

For years both former sluggers had been named in multiple reports for their steroid use. They know they were not clean, and they know we know it.

Palmeiro and Sosa should know this is their time. It is. Both they know they have to clean their images to have the chance to be immortalized someday in Cooperstown.

Palmeiro quietly built numbers over a 20-year career that can be compared with Latino greats Roberto Clemente and Rod Carew.

The Cuban-born first baseman was a four-time All-Star; three-time Gold Glover, and two-time Silver Slugger.

He ended his career as member of the exclusive 500-home run and 3,000-hit club and is only one of four players in history to be member of both.

However, Palmeiro has never been forgotten for his actions at a Congressional hearing in 2005; while under oath, he pointed his finger, stating “Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids, period. I don’t know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never.”

Same with Sosa.

Most fans probably have forgotten that he was the biggest player ever after Ernie Banks in a Cub uniform. He was the “Bambino Latino” from the Dominican Republic that electrified fans for many seasons Wrigley Field.

He and McGwire were the men who gave us that magical 1998 season.

Sosa and McGwire were back-to-back in the pursuit of Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61. McGwire wound up with 70 and Sosa with 66.

No doubt his final career numbers are bound for the Hall of Fame.

However, what many fans remember is Sosa with an interpreter telling Congress after many years in the States he did not speak English and he should be excused.

As with McGwire, both Palmeiro and Sosa were liars in the infamous 2005 Congressional hearing on baseball and steroids.

Please, no more lies.

According to substantial media reports, Palmeiro and Sosa are not the only Latinos that should step forward for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Juan Gonzalez, a two-time American League MVP and two-time American League home run champion, had been mentioned often to have used steroids and human growth hormone mainly during his glory days as a Texas Ranger.

Gonzalez is eligible next year in the Hall of Fame ballot, and it should be his time to speak up too.

Other active Latino players highly mentioned by media reports are Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Delgado, Magglio Ordoñez, and José Guillén.

It has been reported that, in Latin America, the reaction of the McGwire news was muted and taken with little fuss.

Probably very true.

South of the border, baseball-loving fans want their heroes to have the courage to come clean on the use of controlled substances.

They want that Palmeiro, Sosa, and many others to at least make the attempt to help close the chapter of the so-called steroid era in Major League Baseball.

Let’s hope they make it soon.

The All-Time Latinos in the Majors By Country

haab.jpgEvery fan knows them. They are cheer. Some times not.

Albert Pujols is known as “El Hombre” in St. Louis and possibly could win his third career National League MVP award.

Felix Hernandez is known as “El Rey” in Seattle and possibly could win his first career Cy Young award.

Elvis Andrus is regarded the next best shortstop in the model of Omar Vizquel in the majors. Fans of the Texas Rangers are waiting to see if he will be this season’s American League Rookie of the Year.

Fans know many more of them and have high regards of them.

Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins is this season’s National League batting champion; superstar New York Yankees Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada; Carlos Lee in Houston and Miguel Cabrera in Detroit.

Of course, there is always in Dodger Blue Manny being Manny in Los Angeles and new names to follow in the other side of Los Angeles’ Angels, Kendry Morales.

All of them Latinos.

They all come from the passionate countries of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Venezuela.

We know them today but through history all this countries have supplied the best of the best to the majors.

As of the end of the 2009 season, these are the top Latinos by country:


At Bats

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 10,472

Dominican Republic: Sammy Sosa, 8,813
Panama: Rod Carew, 9,315

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 9,454
Venezuela: Luis Aparicio, 10,230


Batting Average

Cuba: Tony Oliva, .304

Dominican Republic: Albert Pujols, .334
Panama: Rod Carew, .328

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente, .317
Venezuela: Magglio Ordoñez, .312


Hits

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 3,020

Dominican Republic: Julio Franco, 2,586
Panama: Rod Carew, 3,053

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 3,000
Venezuela: Omar Vizquel, 2,704


Doubles

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 585

Dominican Republic: Manny Ramirez, 531
Panama: Rod Carew, 445

Puerto Rico: Ivan Rodriguez, 547
Venezuela: Bobby Abreu, 483


Triples

Cuba: Tony Taylor, 86

Dominican Republic: Juan Samuel, 102
Panama: Rod Carew, 112

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 166
Venezuela: Luis Aparicio, 92


Home Runs

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 569

Dominican Republic: Sammy Sosa, 609
Panama: Carlos Lee, 307

Puerto Rico: Carlos Delgado, 473
Venezuela: Andres Galarraga, 399


Runs Batted In

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 1,835

Dominican Republic: Manny Ramirez, 1,788
Panama: Carlos Lee, 1,103

Puerto Rico: Carlos Delgado, 1,512
Venezuela: Andres Galarraga, 1,425


Wins

Cuba: Luis Tiant, 229

Dominican Republic: Juan Marichal, 243

Puerto Rico: John Candelaria, 177
Venezuela: Johan Santana, 122

All-Time Latino Wins Leader is Nicaragua’s Dennis Martinez, 245

 


ERA

Cuba: Mike Cuellar, 3.14

Dominican Republic: Juan Marichal, 2.89

Puerto Rico: John Candelaria, 3.13
Venezuela: Johan Santana, 3.13

All-Time Latino ERA Leader is Panama’s Mariano Rivera, 2.25

 


SAVES

Cuba: Danys Baez, 114

Dominican Republic: Jose Mesa, 321

Puerto Rico: Roberto Hernandez, 326
Venezuela: Francisco Rodriguez, 243

All-Time Latino ERA Leader is Panama’s Mariano Rivera, 526

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Baseball’s Best Latino Players By Number

Since 1929 when the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians were the first major league clubs to wear uniform numbers, players have been marked forever by their jersey numbers.

In Yankee Stadium at Monument Park you can see all the famous numbers that have been immortalize by such names as Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, JoeDiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly and Reggie Jackson.

The most famous no. 8 ever in Baltimore Orioles history was Cal Ripken. In Boston the most notable no. 9 ever was Ted Williams. No fan in Philly have forgotten that no. 20 was property of Mike Schmidt.

In Pittsburgh never has been forgotten the no. 8 Willie Stargell and number 21 Roberto Clemente.

Every franchise has its own history. Every fan is loyal to their favorite player’s number. When I pitched in the little leagues I was no. 30 in honor of Nolan Ryan. When my pitching young days were over my jersey number was no. 8 in honor of Dickie Thon.

This is my list of numbers that have been immortalize by latinos in Major League Baseball history:

0-Rey Ordoñez
1-Luis Castillo
2-Hanley Ramírez
3-Alex Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners-Texas Rangers))
5-Albert Pujols
6-Tony Oliva
7-Ivan Rodríguez
8-Dickie Thon
9-Minnie Miñoso
10-Miguel Tejada
11-Luis Aparicio, Edgar Martinez, George Bell
12-Roberto Alomar
13-Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees), Dave Concepcion, Omar Vizquel
14-Andres Galarraga
15-Carlos Beltran
18-Moises Alou, Omar Moreno
19-Juan Gonzalez, Bert Campaneris
20- Jorge Posada
21-Roberto Clemente, Sammy Sosa, Ruben Sierra, Carlos Delgado (New York Mets)
24-Tany Perez, Manny Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera
25-Jose Cruz, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Lowell, Carlos Delgado (Toronto Blue Jays)
27-Juan Marichal, Vladimir Guerrero
29-Rod Carew
30-Orlando Cepeda, Dennis Martinez, Magglio Ordoñez
34-David Ortiz, Fernando Valenzuela
35-Mike Cuellar
40-Bartolo Colón
41-Victor Martínez
42-Mariano Rivera
45-Pedro Martínez, Carlos Lee. John Candelaria
46-Tony Armas Sr.
51-Bernie Williams
53-Bobby Abreu
55-Fausto Carmona
57-Francisco Rodriguez
61-Livan Hernández
63-Rafael Betancourt
74-Ugueth Urbina

MLB’ Best Latino Players Last 20 Seasons

Ivan Rodriguez.jpgESPN is celebrating 20 years of covering Major League Baseball and the network asked fans to vote for their all-time team of the last 20 seasons.

At this moment, fans are being asked to pick the winners for each position.

Not surprisingly, winning names in this national poll have been Edgar Martinez as the top DH, Albert Pujols top first baseman, Ivan Rodriguez as top catcher, and Mariano Rivera as the top closer in the last 20 years.

All players from Latin America.

For the last 23 years I have been covering the Major League Baseball beat of the Puerto Rican and Latin American players, and over that time I have seen a bunch of great players.

I’ve also seen how appealing they are to their fans. I have seen how hall-of-famers Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Tany Perez, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, and Juan Marichal are perceived as never-gone heroes in the respective towns they played in in their hey-days.

Nowadays players like Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Manny Ramirez, Johan Santana and many others are closely watched and being regarded as the No. 1 players of their respective franchises.

Quite different to ESPN’ SportsNation Poll, I will share whom I believe are the best Latino players the last 20 years. Most possibly readers will have have a different opinion, but this is my own Latino All-Star team.

Catchers-Santos Alomar Jr., Javier López, Jorge Posada, Iván Rodríguez, Benito Santiago

First Base-Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Delgado, Andrés Galarraga, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols

Second Base-Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Julio Franco

Third Base-Vinny Castilla, Mike Lowell, Alex Rodríguez

Shortstop-Hanley Ramirez, José Reyes, Miguel Tejada, Omar Vizquel

Outfielders-Bobby Abreu, Carlos Beltran, José Canseco, Juan González, Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordoñez, Sammy Sosa, Bernie Williams

Pitchers-Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana

Closers-Mariano Rivera, Francisco Rodriguez

Designated Hitter-Edgar Martinez, David Ortiz