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The All-Time Greatest Latinos Hitters In MLB

clemente.jpgOnce “The Splendid Splinter” said, “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer.”

Ted Williams was right.

He was so right that’s why he is considered by the majority of baseball historians as the greatest hitter ever to have played in the majors.

Years ago, I had the opportunity to meet him at an activity at the Ted Williams Museum Hitter Hall of Fame, which in those days was located in Hernando (Florida)–nowadays the museum is located at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg–and I asked him about his own book Ted Williams’ Hit List .

In the book, he wrote about who in his opinion were the greatest 20 hitters of all time in Major League Baseball.

In the list, there are the names of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx, and Joe DiMaggio.

Also in his top-20 are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Mickey Mantle, and Stan Musial.

In the list also appear 10 other great ballplayers but no Latinos.

Williams told me about his hitting philosophy and selection but he also told me that if he would have made a top all-time Latino hitter list at that moment only six names would appear.

On the top of his head, he said with no hesitation his No. 1 would be Roberto Clemente.

Thereafter, in no specific order, would be Rod Carew, Roberto Alomar, Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez, and Manny Ramirez.

Taking also in consideration the words of the man that also once said, “If there was ever a man born to be a hitter it was me.”

Although I would have appreciated to know Williams’ opinion today, here is my all-time Latino greatest hitters list:

Roberto Clemente

Rod Carew

Roberto Alomar

Alex Rodriguez

Edgar Martinez

Manny Ramirez

Orlando Cepeda

Rafael Palmeiro

Tony Oliva

Vladimir Guerrero

Albert  Pujols

Magglio Ordoñez

Julio Franco

Moises  Alou

Minnie Miñoso

Pedro Guerrero

Bobby Abreu

Rico Carty

Ivan Rodriguez

Bernie Williams

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


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




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

History of the Highest Paid Latino Players in MLB

alex rodriguez.jpgSince 1979, when Nolan Ryan was the first $1 million man in Major League Baseball, salary numbers have been followed as close as wins, era, batting average, and home runs.

A new season is around the corner, and it is incredible how economics have changed. A huge number of players are still free agents, and nobody is likely to hear the phrase “The new highest paid player in baseball is…”

In fact, it was 10 years ago that we heard those words for the last time.

Tom Hicks, the same owner that today is selling his Texas Rangers ball club, gave an astonishing contract to then younger Alex Rodriguez totaling 10 years and $252 million.

Since then, the well-known “A-Rod” has been the highest paid baseball player, thanks to the fat wallet of his New York Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez–and such names as Manny Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, Johan Santana, and Alfonso Soriano–are nowadays the top 10 best paid in the Majors.

It is a good moment to look back upon how Latinos went forward year after year in the Majors.

For the list, I considered the player average annual salary per season. As it can be noticed, it was 15 years ago that Fernando Valenzuela was the first Latino $1 million man.

The History of the Highest Paid Latino in MLB

1985 Fernando Valenzuela (Los Angeles Dodgers) / $1.2 million

1988 Fernando Valenzuela (Los Angeles Dodgers) / $2.050 million

1990 Teddy Higuera (Milwaukee Brewers) / $2.125 million

1991 Jose Canseco (Oakland A’s) / $3.5 million

1992 Bobby Bonilla (New York Mets) / $6.1 million

1993 Bobby Bonilla (New York Mets) / $6.2 million

1994 Bobby Bonilla (New York Mets) / $6.3 million

1996 Juan Gonzalez (Texas Rangers) / $7.425 million

1998 Bernie Williams (New York Yankees) / $8.3 million

1999 Bernie Williams (New York Yankees) / $9.86 million

2000 Bernie Williams (New York Yankees) / $12.36 million

2001 Alex Rodriguez (Texas Rangers) / $22 million

2004 Manny Ramirez (Boston Red Sox) / $22.5 million

2005 Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) / $26 million

2008 Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) / $28 million

2009 Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) / $33 million

Baseball’s Best Latino Players By Number

clemente.jpgSince 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

Es Tiempo Para Un Juego de Estrellas Mundial

El proximo 14 de Julio las Grandes Ligas celebrará en el Estadio Busch en la ciudad de San Luis el tradicional Juego de las Estrellas. 

Siempre he sido de los fieles creyentes que el béisbol desde hace mucho tiempo es un juego de carácter mundial. Será el pasatiempo américano pero ya desde hace mucho tiempo es uno de sabor internacional. Es uno que debe regresar al calendario olímpico y entiendo cambios deben pasar en Las Mayores.

Atras en el 2001 en un congreso periodistico como parte de las festividades del partido de las luminarias en Seattle propuse que se cambiara el formato del Juego de las Estrellas a uno igual que el partido de los novatos del Juego de las Futuras Estrellas. Estados Unidos vs. El Mundo.

Para tal fantasia mia aquí les propongó mis selecciones del equipo del mundo y de los Estados Unidos sí este evento pudiera ser realidad este mismo año.

Si bien nota cada roster comprende de 32 jugadores tal como en el tradicional Juego de las Estrellas entre la Liga Americana y la Liga Nacional. Tambien note que en el equipo del mundo hice todo lo posible de tener las máximas figuras actuales de América Latina, Canadá y Japón.

Es tarde para ver tal sugerencia en el nido de los Cardenales este año pero tal formato debe ser considerado en un futuro cercano.

Siempre lo he dicho, que bueno es soñar. El tiempo dirá. Quien sabe sí este fantastico juego fuese realidad este año 2009 lo que hubiese sido pero si las Grandes Ligas me toman para el 2010 mi idea aquí están mis equipos:

Equipo Todos Estrellas-El Mundo
Dirigente: Ozzie Guillén, Medias Blancas de Chicago
Coaches: Fredi González (Florida); Manny Acta (Washington); Carlos Tosca (Florida)

Johan Santana, Mets de Nueva York
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee
Javier Vázquez, Atlanta
Felix Hernández, Seattle
Liván Hernández, Mets de Nueva York
Wandy Rodríguez, Houston
Pedro Feliciano, Mets de Nueva York
Kiko Calero, Florida
Francisco Cordero, Cincinnati
Francisco Rodríguez, Mets de Nueva York
Mariano Rivera, Yankees de Nueva York

Victor Martínez, Cleveland
Bengie Molina, San Francisco
Yadier Molina, San Luis

1B Albert Pujols, San Luis
1B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
1B Adrian González, San Diego
2B Robinson Canó, Yankees de Nueva York
2B Felipe López, Arizona
SS Hanley Ramírez, Florida
SS Cristian Guzmán, Washington
SS Marco Scutaro, Toronto
SS Miguel Tejada, Houston
3B Mike Lowell, Boston
3B Jorge Cantu, Florida

Jason Bay, Boston
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle
Carlos Beltrán, Mets de Nueva York
Carlos Lee, Houston
Nelson Cruz, Texas
Juan Rivera, Angelinos de Los Angeles

Equipo Todos Estrellas Estados Unidos
Dirigente: Joe Torre, Dodgers de Los Angeles
Coaches: Terry Francona (Boston); Jim Leyland (Detroit); Joe Maddon (Tampa Bay)

Roy Halladay, Toronto
Zack Greinke, Kansas City
Matt Cain, San Francisco
Josh Beckett, Boston
Chad Billingsley, Dodgers de Los Angeles
Josh Johnson, Florida
Dan Haren, Arizona
Jered Weaver, Angelinos de Los Angeles
Brian Fuentes, Angelinos de Los Angeles
Jonathan Papelbon, Boston
Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers de Los Angeles
Heath Bell, San Diego

Joe Mauer, Minnesota
Brian McCann, Atlanta
Jason Varitek, Boston

1B Justin Morneau, Minnesota
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees de Nueva York
1B Kevin Youkilis, Boston
1B Prince Fielder, Milwaukee
2B Ian Kinsler, Texas
2B Chase Utley, Philadelphia
2B Brian Roberts, Baltimore
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees de Nueva York
SS Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay
3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay
3B David Wright, Mets de Nueva York

Raul Ibañez, Filadelfia
Torii Hunter, Angelinos de Los Angeles
Ryan Braun, Milwaukke
Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay
Shane Victorino, Filadelfia
Johnny Damon, Yankees de Nueva York


Latinos A Granel Temporada 2009 en las Grandes Ligas

El comienzo de la temporada 2009 esta a la vuelta en el calendario. Ahora la pasión hacia los jugadores latinoamericanos es con sus equipos a quienes visten en sus camisas en el gran circo.

Esta campaña, menos los Piratas de Pittsburgh, todos los conjuntos tienen al menos  un latinoamericano de importancia en sus rosters.

Este año proyectamos llegará el número a un 24% en los rosters finales y estos son los que entendemos serán jugadores regulares, lanzadores de cabecera en su rotaciones abridoras y de rol de cerrador esta venidera temporada 2009.

Angelinos de Los Angeles
Bobby Abreu OF
Vladimir Guerrero OF
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera OF
Erick Aybar SS

Orioles de Baltimore
Melvin Mora 3B
Cesar Izturis SS

Medias Rojas de Boston
Mike Lowell 3B
David Ortiz DH

Medias Blancas de Chicago
Alexei Ramirez SS

Indios de Cleveland
Asdrubal Cabrera 2B
Victor Martinez C
Jhonny Peralta SS

Tigres de Detroit
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Carlos Guillen OF
Magglio Ordoñez OF
Placido Polanco 2B
Armando Galarraga P (Abridor)

Reales de Kansas City
Mike Aviles SS
David de Jesus OF
Jose Guillen OF
Miguel Olivo C
Joakim Soria P (Cerrador)

Mellizos de Minnesota
Alexi Casilla 2B
Carlos Gomez OF
Francisco Liriano P (Abridor)

Yankees de Nueva York
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Mariano Rivera P (Cerrador)

Atleticos de Oakland
Orlando Cabrera SS

Marineros de Seattle
Adrian Beltre 3B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Franklin Gutierrez OF
Jose Lopez 2B
Felix Hernandez P (Abridor)
Carlos Silva P (Abridor)

Rays de Tampa Bay
Dioner Navarro C
Carlos Peña 1b

Rangers de Texas
Elvis Andrus SS
Nelson Cruz OF
Vicente Padilla P (Abridor)

Azulejos de Toronto
Marco Scutaro SS
Alexis Rios OF

Diamondbacks de Arizona
Felipe Lopez 2B

Bravos de Atlanta
Yunel Escobar SS
Javier Vazquez P (Abridor)

Cachorros de Chicago
Geovany Soto C
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Alfonso Soriano OF
Carlos Zambrano P (Abridor)

Rojos de Cincinnati
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Ramon Hernandez C
Willy Taveras OF
Edinson Volquez P (Abridor)
Johnny Cueto P (Abridor)
Francisco Cordero P (Cerrador)

Rockies de Colorado
Ubaldo Jimenez P (Abridor)
Jorge de la Rosa P (Abridor)

Marlins de Florida
Jorge Cantu 3B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Anibal Sanchez P (Abridor)

Astros de Houston
Carlos Lee OF
Ivan Rodriguez C
Miguel Tejada SS
Wandy Rodriguez P (Abridor)
Jose Valverde P (Cerrador)

Dodgers de Los Angeles
Rafael Furcal SS
Manny Ramirez OF

Cerveceros de Milwaukee
Yovani Gallardo P (Abridor)

Mets de Nueva York
Carlos Beltran OF
Luis Castillo 2B
Carlos Delgado 1B
Jose Reyes SS
Johan Santana P (Abridor)
Oliver Perez P (Abridor)
Livan Hernandez P (Abridor)
Francisco Rodriguez P (Cerrador)

Phillies de Philadelphia
Pedro Feliz 3B
Carlos Ruiz C

Padres de San Diego
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Luis Rodriguez SS

Gigantes de San Francisco
Bengie Molina C
Edgar Renteria ss
Pablo Sandoval 3b

Cardenales de San Luis
Yadier Molina C
Albert Pujols 1B
Joel Piñeiro P (Abridor)

Nacionales de Washington
Jesus Flores C
Christian Guzman SS
Daniel Cabrera P (Abridor)

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