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The All-Time Greatest Latinos Sluggers In MLB

 


alex y albert.jpgOnce I read about the greatest sluggers in major league baseball history, most of them were remembered by their nicknames.

 

The greatest of them all, in my opinion, was called “The Babe.”

 

No matter what is said and written these days, in my opinion the second-best ever is well-known as “The Big Mac.”

 

In my top-10 all-time slugger list there are such names as “The Mick,” “Say Hey Kid,” “Mr. October,” “The Splendid Splinter” and “Iron Mike.”

 

Among Latinos the all-time slugger my No. 1 is well-known today as “El Hombre.”

 

Albert Pujols just turned 30 a short time ago, and as we read about him for the upcoming season, it’s simply amazing the numbers and achievements he has done in his career.

 

In each of his nine seasons, Pujols has surpassed a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBI.

 

All in one decade.

 

As we start a new season in a new decade, it has to be seen if he will keep his current pace that already is hall-of-fame bound.

 

As of this moment, the St. Louis Cardinal first baseman has surpassed at age 30 Latino names such as Roberto Clemente, Rod Carew and Orlando Cepeda.

 

Pujols’ numbers at 30 years old has better comparison numbers than Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmy Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Willie Mays.

 

Simply, Pujols has demonstrated he is the best slugger in the game.

 

Among all-time Latinos, the Dominican Republic native is No. 1 and he tops my All-Time Latino Greatest Sluggers.

 

Listed below are my 20 All-Time Latino Greatest Sluggers:

 

Albert Pujols

Manny Ramirez

Alex Rodriguez

Vladimir Guerrero

Juan Gonzalez

Carlos Delgado

David Ortiz

Sammy Sosa

Moises Alou

Jose Canseco

Edgar Martinez

Rafael Palmeiro

Magglio Ordoñez

Alfonso Soriano

Carlos Lee

Aramis Ramirez

Orlando Cepeda

Andres Galarraga

Carlos Beltrán

Danny Tartabull

The 2010 Preseason Latino Player Rankings and All-Star Team


Hanley ramirez.jpg“Never make predictions, especially about the future.”

 

That was one of the most famous quotes ever from Casey Stengel.

 

Nobody listens to him. Not these days. Spring training is right around the corner on the calendar, and predictions are starting to pop up all over again.

 

Baseball is back.

 

No matter if you are a casual or serious fan or into fantasy baseball, everyone is looking for every opinion of what will happen in 2010.

 

There is a long way to go, but my preseason crystal ball says it will be the world champion New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies again in the Fall Classic.

 

As far as the majors’ Latino players, watch Florida Marlin Hanley Ramirez go for his first National League MVP award. Same as Ramirez, watch out in the junior circuit for former Marlin and nowadays Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera to be again on the move for his first American League MVP.

 

I should not make predictions, but I have a vision Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez will be again a strong candidate for the American League Cy Young Award and young hurler Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers for American League Rookie of the Year.

 

Fans all over the baseball world love rankings, and this is my preseason Latino player rankings, in which I list the best 15 offensive players and best 15 pitchers who should be of impact for the 2010 season.

 

My 2010 Preseason Latino Player Rankings Listing

PLAYERS

Hanley Ramirez, Florida

Albert Pujols, St. Louis

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

Victor Martinez, Boston

Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco

Carlos Lee, Houston

Vladimir Guerrero, Texas

Jorge Posada, New York Yankees

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Carlos Peña, Tampa Bay

Yunel Escobar, Atlanta

Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

 

PITCHERS

 

Felix Hernandez, Seattle

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

Francisco Rodriguez, New York Mets

Johan Santana, New York Mets

Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee

Neftali Feliz, Texas

Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati

Jose Valverde, Detroit

Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta

Javier Vazquez, New York Yankees

Vicente Padilla, Los Angeles Dodgers

Francisco Cordero, Cincinnati

Joakim Soria, Kansas City

Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay

Joel Piñeiro, Los Angeles Angels

 

My Preseason 2010 Latino All-Star Team

C: Victor Martinez, Boston

1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

2B: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

3B: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

SS: Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins

OF: Bobby Abreu, Los Angeles Angels

OF: Carlos Lee, Houston

OF: Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

DH: Vladimir Guerrero, Texas

SP: Felix Hernandez, Seattle

RP: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

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.

Los Mejores Latinos de la Decada 2000 en las Grandes Ligas


alex y albert.jpgLos 2000 pronto serán historia. Dentro de muy poco entraremos en la segunda década de este siglo 21.

En el béisbol de las Grandes Ligas el periodo del 2000 al 2009 nunca se olvidará que fue el de la creación del Clásico Mundial de Béisbol donde pudimos ver en dos ediciones las máximas estrellas latinoamericanas jugando por sus paises.

Entre todos los latinos del 2000 al 2009 tampoco se nos olvidará que fue la década de un duo que dejaron plasmados en los libros de historia sus nombres: Albert Pujols y Alex Rodríguez.

Muchos otros nombres serán bien recordados pero nada como estos dos de tierra quisqueyana que muy seguramente al paso que van serán algún día miembros del Salón de la Fama.

Como muy probablemente lo serán también algún día Pedro Martínez, Iván Rodríguez, Mariano Rivera y Omar Vizquel cuando digan que colgarán sus ganchos.

Este cuarteto que predominó en los 90′ siguen dando batalla y todos los veremos una vez más en el 2010 en los diamantes de Las Mayores.

Y quien sabe sí se uniran al duo de Roberto Alomar y Edgar Martínez que no hay que dudar debe entrar al menos uno de ellos este próximo 6 de enero a la inmortalidad del deporte en Cooperstown.

Como esta de moda cada vez que se termina una década hacer listados, aquí va mi preferencia de lo mejor de lo mejor en la década de los 2000. Esta fue mi preferencia y ellos son:

Equipo Todo-Estrella Latino Decada 2000-2009:
C-Jorge Posada
1B-Albert Pujols
2B-Placido Polanco
3B-Alex Rodríguez
SS-Miguel Tejada
OF-Carlos Beltrán
OF-Vladimir Guerrero
OF-Manny Ramírez
SP: Bartolo Colon, Liván Hernández, Pedro Martínez, Johan Santana, Javier Vázquez
RP: Mariano Rivera

LOS MEJORES POR PAIS AL CIERRE DECADA 2000
Como se va la década de los 2000 aprovechamos esta columna para ofrecerles los lideres actuales por país de las principales categorias ofensivas y de pitcheo en las Ligas Mayores.

Veremos si a lo largo de los 2010 nuevos nombres hacen cambios a este listado. Ellos son:

Ocasiones Al Bate
Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 10,472
República Dominicana: Sammy Sosa, 8,813
Panamá: Rod Carew, 9,315
Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 9,454
Venezuela: Luis Aparicio, 10,230

Promedio de Bate
Cuba: Tony Oliva, .304
República Dominicana: Albert Pujols, .334
Panamá: Rod Carew, .328
Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente, .317
Venezuela: Magglio Ordoñez, .312

Hits
Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 3,020
República Dominicana: Julio Franco, 2,586
Panamá: Rod Carew, 3,053
Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 3,000
Venezuela: Omar Vizquel, 2,704

Dobles
Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 585
República Dominicana: Manny Ramirez, 531
Panamá: Rod Carew, 445
Puerto Rico: Ivan Rodriguez, 547
Venezuela: Bobby Abreu, 483

Triples
Cuba: Tony Taylor, 86
República Dominicana: Juan Samuel, 102
Panamá: Rod Carew, 112
Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 166
Venezuela: Luis Aparicio, 92

Cuadrangulares
Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 569
República Dominicana: Sammy Sosa, 609
Panamá: Carlos Lee, 307
Puerto Rico: Carlos Delgado, 473
Venezuela: Andres Galarraga, 399

Carreras Impulsadas
Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 1,835
República Dominicana: Manny Ramirez, 1,788
Panamá: Carlos Lee, 1,103
Puerto Rico: Carlos Delgado, 1,512
Venezuela: Andres Galarraga, 1,425

Juegos Ganados
Cuba: Luis Tiant, 229
República Dominicana: Juan Marichal, 243
Puerto Rico: John Candelaria, 177
Venezuela: Johan Santana, 122
El Lider Latino de Todos los Tiempos lo es Dennis Martínez con 245 de Nicaragua.

Efectividad
Cuba: Mike Cuellar, 3.14
República Dominicana: Juan Marichal, 2.89
Puerto Rico: John Candelaria, 3.13
Venezuela: Johan Santana, 3.13
El Lider Latino de Todos los Tiempos lo es Mariano Rivera con 2.25 de Panamá.

Juegos Salvados
Cuba: Danys Baez, 114
República Dominicana: Jose Mesa, 321
Puerto Rico: Roberto Hernandez, 326
Venezuela: Francisco Rodriguez, 243
El Lider Latino de Todos los Tiempos lo es Mariano Rivera con 526 de Panamá.

The MLB’s Latino Decade Team: The 2000’s


pujols.jpgThe 2000’s are heading into history.

As in all sports, fans love to know the opinion of who were the best players of the decade.

As Barry Bonds was the man in the 1990’s, this decade was all property of Albert Pujols.

“El Hombre” from the St. Louis Cardinals his offensive numbers made all the talking hitting every year for at least a .300 average, 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in.

He was as good as a hitter, defensively as a first baseman and as a ball player off-the-field that it was a no brainer was MLB’s Player of the Decade.

Both The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated agreed with the latter.

Pujols was the king of the diamonds but there were other bunch of player that excels to their best through the decade.

Only Latino great names from the best of the best of the decade of the 1990’s around major league baseball are Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and Omar Vizquel. Very possibly the duo will be future shoo-ins into the Hall of Fame.

Long gone are those great from the 90’s as Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and Bernie Williams.

There is a great possibility Roberto Alomar and Edgar Martinez will be getting next January their enshrinement into Cooperstown.

As we are approaching the 2010’s this is a good time to select the All-Decade Latino Team for the 2000’s.

Our MLB’s Latino Decade Team 2000-2009:
C-Jorge Posada
1B-Albert Pujols
2B-Placido Polanco
3B-Alex Rodríguez
SS-Miguel Tejada
OF-Carlos Beltrán
OF-Vladimir Guerrero
OF-Manny Ramírez
SP: Bartolo Colón, Liván Hernández, Pedro Martínez, Johan Santana, Javier Vázquez
RP: Mariano Rivera

 

Blanqueados Felix Hernandez y Venezuela

felix hernandez.jpgEn Venezuela como en muchos corazones latinoamericanos muchos esperaban que Felix Hernández fuera el anunciado como el ganador del Premio Cy Young del 2009 de la Liga Americana.

 

El conocido como “El Rey” y para los anglos “The King” en territorio de los Marineros de Seattle tenia la esperanza como muchos de sus seguidores que seria el segundo de tierra bolivariana en recibir tan prestigioso galardón.

 

El primero lo fue el magnifico Johan Santana. El hoy serpentienro de los Mets de Nueva York obtuvo el Cy Young de la Liga Americana tanto en el 2004 y en el 2006 en el uniforme de los Mellizos de Minnesota.

 

Para la desilución de Hernández no pasó. Zack Greinke de los Reales de Kansas City fue el seleccionado como el mejor entre los serpentineros del año.

 

La palabra es desilución porque Hernández lanzó una gran campaña con 19 victorias, 2.49 de efectividad y 217 ponchetes. Su numero de ganados fue lider junto a CC Sabathia de los Yankees de Nueva York y Justin Verlander de los Tigres de Detroit en la Liga Americana.

 

En honor a la verdad para el ganador del Premio Luis Aparicio de este año la competencia no estaba facil. Tanto Greinke como Sabathia y Verlander todos tenian los números necesarios para llevarse el Cy Young.

 

Para los venezolanos especialmente fue la segunda blanqueada en esta época de los grandes reconocimientos de Las Mayores.

 

Muchos corazones tambien estaban puestos en que el jovenzuelo Elvis Andrus de los Rangers de Texas fuera el seleccionado como el Novato del Año de la Liga Americana.

 

El campocorto Ranchero habia sido escogido por la publicación USA TODAY Sports Weekly como el novel del año de la temporada pero los votantes en general pensaron diferente.

 

Los escritores de béisbol de América escogieron al relevista Andrew Bailey de los Atléticos de Oakland.

 

En honor a la verdad Bailey también tuvo una campaña excepcional salvando 26 partidos en 30 oportunidades.

 

El serpentinero derecho terminó la temporada con 1.84 de efectividad en 83.1 entradas lanzadas, abanicó a 91 bateadores y solo permitió 49 indiscutibles.

 

En cuanto a los galardones que quedan por anunciar la última esperanza estaba en el Más Valioso de la Liga Americana.

 

Sín duda el venezolano Miguel Cabrera de los Tigres de Detroit como el cubano Kendry Morales de los Angelinos de Los Angeles recibirán algunos votos pero la competencia no esta facil.

 

Para muchos de los entendidos beisboleros el Más Valioso este año debe estar entre el Mellizo Joe Mauer y los Yankees Derek Jeter y Mark Teixeira.

 

El premio de Más Valioso del circuito nacional debe recaer en el dominicano Albert Pujols de los Cardenales de San Luis.

 

La única pregunta que hay al momento es sí lo recibirá de forma unanime o no. Su compatriota Hanley Ramírez de los Marlins de Florida se espera sea segundo en tan prestigioso anuncio.

 

Pujols ya recibió de parte de las grandes ligas el Premio Hank Aaron de la Liga Nacional.

 

En premios de importancia de Venezuela el lanzador Carlos Zambrano  de los Cachorros de Chicago salvó la zafra como ganador del Bate de Plata como lanzador de la Liga Nacional.

 

En similar situación estuvieron los puertorriqueños que solo el Cardenal Yadier Molina fue el único galardonado esta campaña con su segundo Guante de Oro en su carrera como receptor en la Nacional. También los mexicanos que solo Adrian González de los Padres de San Diego fue el único galardonado esta campaña con su segundo Guante de Oro en su carrera como inicialista en el más antiguo de ambos circuitos.

 

En cuanto al premio de Guante de Oro el otro único recipiente este año lo fue el intermedista Placido Polanco de los Tigres de Detroit en la Americana.

 

Por otro lado junto a Zambrano. los otros seleccionados latinos como Bate de Plata lo fueron Pujols y Hanley Ramírez en la Liga Nacional.

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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10 Latino MLB ’09 Season Highlights

Ivan Rodriguez.jpgFor more than a century, fans across America have called out Major League Baseball as “The Show”.

It is true is America’s pastime. It is also true in Latin America.

For Latinos beisbol is the greatest show and season after season there is a moment, a feat or an accomplishment that will go to the history books.

These were the 10 Latino season highlights of 2009:

  • Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez with the Houston Astros recorded career game number 2,227 on June 17 against the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez career game 2,227 as a catcher passed Carlton Fisk for most games caught in major league history. Rodriguez was traded on August 18 to the Rangers.
  • Omar Vizquel of the Texas Rangers became Venezuela’s all-time hits leader on June 25 against the Arizona D’Backs with his career hit 2,678. He surpass hall of famer Luis Aparicio.
  • Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees on June 28against the New York Mets became the only second pitcher ever to break the 500 save mark. In that game he also hit his first career RBI. Rivera trails Trevor Hoffman in the majors career saves list.
  • Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants tossed his first career complete game in the majors and best was a no-hitter July 10against the San Diego Padres.
  • Johan Santana of the New York Mets became Venezuela’s all-time winning pitcher on July 11 against the Cincinnati Reds. Santana finished the season with career 122 victories. Freddy Garcia is second in Venezuela’s victories list with 121.
  • Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers pinch hit his 21st career grand slam on July 22 against the Cincinnati Reds, placing him second behind Lou Gehrig major league grand slam career record 23.
  • Ramon Castro of the Chicago White Sox joined the Puerto Rican catcher fraternity (Eliseo “Ellie” Rodriguez, Javier Lopez, Ivan Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and Geovany Soto) that had caught a no-hitter in their careers in the majors. Castro was behind the plate for Mark Buehrle when he tossed his perfect game July 23 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Francisco Rodriguez of the New York Mets became Venezuela’s all-time leader on September 6 against the Chicago Cubs with career save 238 surpassing Ugueth Urbina career 237 saves.
  • Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees drives an American League record seven RBIs in an inning on a three-run homer and a grand slam on the last game of the regular season October 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Rodriguez feat secured his 12th consecutive season of 30 homers and 100 RBIs, tying Jimmie Foxx’s major-league record (1929-1940). Rodriguez’s 13th season of 30/100 is a record.
  • Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins became only the fourth National League shortstop to win a batting title. Ramirez finished the season with .342.

 

Alex Rodriguez y Albert Pujols: Reyes de las Impulsadas

alex rodriguez.jpgDurante esta pasada temporada escribí una columna sobre lo difícil que se ha convertido en los últimos años conectar 40 cuadrangulares o más en el béisbol de la gran carpa.

No deseo entrar en especulaciones de esteroides y sustancias controladas pero definitivamente conectar 40 bambinazos en una campaña ha vuelto ser una novedad como el ganar 20 partidos para un lanzador.

A la larga estuve en lo correcto. Al final de la temporada regular solamente cinco toleteros conectaron 40 ó más vuelacercas. Todos en la Liga Nacional.

Entre ellos dos fueron latinoamericanos. Albert Pujols, líder del circuito con 47 sobre la verja, y Adrián González de los Padres de San Diego.

En la Liga Americana los monarcas en jonrones esta campaña lo fueron Carlos Peña y Mark Teixeira con 39 jonrones.

Peña de los Rays de Tampa Bay entendemos pudo haber logrado una campaña de 40 o más si no hubiese sido por un pelotazo recibido en las postrimerías de campaña.

El inicialista dominicano se lastimó a principios de septiembre por un envio de CC Sabathia de los Yankees de Nueva York. El lanzamiento que le golpeó le fracturó dos dedos de su mano izquierda y tuvo que perder el resto de la temporada en la lista de lesionados.

A ese momento Peña llevaba sus 39 cuadrangulares e iba también con buen paso en la carrera por el liderato de la liga en empujadas con 100 carreras impulsadas.

Otra marca que se ha puesto difícil es obtener 100 remolcadas ó más en una temporada.

Parece fácil cuando uno ve que Alex Rodríguez lleva 12 campañas consecutivas con 100 impulsadas ó más. En sus 16 temporadas en su carrera lo ha logrado en 13 ocasiones y en dos ha sido el rey en empujadas del circuito americano.

También parece fácil ver que Albert Pujols ha logrado tal hazaña en sus nueve temporadas en su carrera en el gran circo. Increíblemente con todo y su 1,112 empujadas en su carrera este departamento todavía no ha podido ser líder en su liga.

Esta pasada campaña solo 10 latinoamericanos lograron la marca de la centuria o más en remolcadas. Por supuesto dos de ellos fueron el ahora campeón mundial Yankee Alex Rodríguez y Pujols que seguramente será una vez más el Jugador Más Valioso de la Liga Nacional.

Los otros lo fueron en el circuito nacional  el dúo de Hanley Ramírez y Jorge Cantu de los Marlins de Florida y Carlos Lee de los Astros de Houston.

En la Liga Americana para completar el grupo lo fueron Carlos Peña; el par de Kendry Morales y Bobby Abreu de los Angelinos de Los Angeles; Víctor Martínez de los Medias Rojas de Boston y Miguel Cabrera de los Tigres de Detroit.

 

EXTRA DEL AUTOR:

Los latinoamericanos con 100 carreras impulsadas o más al menos en una temporada en esta década (2000-2009):

Antillas Holandesas: Andruw Jones

Colombia: Edgar Renteria

Cuba: Kendry Morales, Rafael Palmeiro

México: Jorge Cantu, Vinny Castilla, Adrián González

Panamá: Carlos Lee

Puerto Rico: Roberto Alomar, Carlos Beltrán, Carlos Delgado, Juan González, Javier López, Mike Lowell, Edgar Martínez, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams

República Dominicana: Moisés Alou, Tony Batista, Adrián Beltré, Vladimir Guerrero, José Guillén, David Ortiz, Carlos Peña, Albert Pujols, Aramis Ramírez, Hanley Ramírez, Manny Ramírez, Alex Rodríguez, Alfonso Soriano, Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada

Venezuela: Bobby Abreu, Miguel Cabrera, Andrés Galárraga, Richard Hidalgo, Carlos Guillén, Víctor Martínez, Magglio Ordóñez, Melvin Mora

MLB’ Top 10 Latino Yankees in League Championship Series

mariano.jpgJoe Girardi is fully enjoying his first appearance in League Championship Series as the New York Yankees manager.

Hopefully he would love that his joyous ride continues all the way to the Fall Classic. However, first of all they have to beat the red hot Los Angeles Angels.

As a manager, Girardi is counting with one of each of its squad members in order to accomplish the wish of all fans, management and themselves. However, publicly he has mentioned that two very important players in order to get to the World Series are All-Star and Reliever of the Year Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada.

Both Rivera and Posada were part of the three-peat championships (1998-2000) and the not so lucky 2001 and 2003 teams. Both are part of a probable Yankee era that is getting to his end with such luminaries as Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte.

For many years Latino players have been part of the fabric of the success of the New York Yankees. Of course, Rivera, whom probably will be a future hall of famer, and Posada are a big part of history.

This is a good moment to remember, in my opinion, are the top 10 performances by Yankee Latino players in League Championship Series action:

Bernie Williams, 1996, .474, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Bernie Williams, 1998, .381, 0 HR, 5 RBI
Orlando Hernández, 1999, 15.0 IP, 1 W, 13 SO

Mariano Rivera, 1999, 4.2 IP, 2SV, 0.00 ERA

Orlando Hernández, 2000, 15.0 IP, 2 W, 14 SO

Bernie Williams, 2000, .400, 1 HR, 3 RBI

Alfonso Soriano, 2001, .400, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Bernie Williams, 2001, .235, 3 HR, 5 RBI

Mariano Rivera, 2003, 8.0 IP, 2SV, 1.12 ERA, 6 SO

Jorge Posada, 2003, .296, 1 HR, 6 RBI

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