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La Maquinaria Roja de los Phillies de Carlos Ruiz

Atras en el mes de febrero no sé si llamarle suerte o destino cuando escribí mis predicciones para la temporada 2009 hize enfasis que los Phillies de Philadelphia tenian el conjunto para repetir como campeones de la Liga Nacional y regresar a la Serie Mundial.

 

En mi escrito dejaba saber que la tropa del Dirigente Charlie Manuel habia sufrido minimos cambios y tenian un equipo más solido con la adición de Raul Ibañez. Sín absolutamente saber que despues en el verano añadirian a su plantilla a Cliff Lee y Pedro Martínez.

 

Los llamados hoy día la nueva versión de la  Maquinaria Roja estarán buscando hacer historia a partir de la semana que viene en ser la primera franquicia del circuito nacional en repetir como campeones mundiales.

 

Los ultimos en ganar titulos consecutivos del más antiguo de ambos circuitos lo fueron en 1975 y 1976 la Maquinaria Roja original de Cincinnati. Antes que ellos solo de la Liga Nacional habian repetido campeonatos consecutivos los Cachorros de Chicago de 1907 y 1908 y en 1921 y 1922 los Gigantes de Nueva York.

 

Por cierto el último conjunto de la Liga Nacional en arribar a series mundiales consecutivas lo fueron en 1995 y 1996 los Bravos de Atlanta.

 

Para los Phillies, quienes es la primera vez en sus 127 años de historia que arriban a un Clasico de Octubre en forma consecutiva, saben que la tarea no será facil.

 

Sus contrincantes a este momento lo son los Yankees de Nueva York a menos que ocurra una sorpresa por parte de los Angelinos de Los Angeles. Al escribir estas lineas los Bombarderos del Bronx tienen una ventaja de 3-2 sobre los Angelinos.

 

No solo por popularidad o rivalidad por región geografica, los Phillies esperan grandemente que sean la novena del piloto Joe Girardi la que se lleve el trono del circuito americano.

 

Por historia, los Phillies desearán probablemente la revancha de la Serie Mundial de 1950.

 

En ese Clasico de Octubre los llamados “Whiz Kids” de Philadelphia fueron barridos en cuatro partidos por la artilleria Yankee.

 

También, los Phillies probablemente quieren borrar de los actuales libros a los Yankees como los últimos en repetir como reyes en Serie Mundial.

 

Los Yankees obtuvieron el titulo mundial en tres campañas consecutivas entre 1998 y el 2000. Un cuarto campeonato pudo haber sido realidad en el 2001 pero fueron los Cascabeles de Arizona los mejores en un gran final de poco olvidar en el septimo juego de esa Serie Mundial.

 

Los Yankees regresaron a la Serie Mundial en el 2003 pero fueron cepillados en seis partidos por los sorprendentes Marlins de Florida.

 

Entre piezas importantes los Phillies cuentan con grandes figuras a la ofensiva como Ryan Howard, Ibañez, Jimmy Rollins y Chase Utley pero uno que algunos olvidan lo es el receptor Carlos Ruiz. Y el pitcheo de los Yankees o los Angelinos no lo olvidarán.

 

El panameño post-temporada tras post-temporada ha sido uno de los bateadores más calientes de los Phillies.

 

Este año Ruiz anda otra vez dejando su marca con su madero. En la recien finalizada Serie de Campeonato contra los Dodgers de Los Angeles bateó sobre .300 de bateo con un jonrón y cuatro carreras impulsadas. Anterior a esta en la Serie Divisional frente a los Rockies de Colorado conectó para .308 de bateo con tres empujadas.

 

Y nadie olvide sus proezas del año pasado. Ruiz fue candente el año pasado tambien frente a los Dodgers en la Serie de Campeonato con .313 de bateo u un doble y despues en la Serie Mundial maneató el pitcheo de los Rays de Tampa Bay con son de .375 de bateo, 2 dobles, un cuadrangular y tres carreras remolcadas.

 

En el 2007, aunque sus Phillies fueron eliminados por los Rockies de Colorado en Serie Divisional, Ruiz conectó para .333 con un doble y una impulsada.

 

La bola de cristal apunta que serán a partir del próximo miércoles en esta edición de la Serie Mundial los Phillies contra los Yankees. Por cierto en el escrito de principios de temporada que mencione al principio de esta columna mis rivales contra los Phillies eran nuevamente  los Rays de Tampa Bay.

 

Para Carlos Ruiz y sus Phillies será un gran clasico y más sí es contra Alex Rodríguez, Jorge Posada, Robinson Canó, Mariano Rivera y compañia.

Que gane el mejor…….

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

Yadier and Bengie Molina: The Forgotten Gold Glovers

 


When thinking about Puerto Rican catchers, it first comes to mind such names as future hall-of-famer Iván Rodriguez, veteran Yankee Jorge Posada and the new wave kids Geovany Soto and Omir Santos. Often forgotten and they shouldn’t be there are Bayamon’  Molina brothers. Hopefully one month from now Yadier and Bengie will receive the attention they deserve.

“We all are quiet. We come to the ballpark to do our work and with God blessing we do the best job we can,” Yadier said at Landshark Stadium in Miami.

The Molina brothers younger to older Yadier (Cardinals), José (Yankees) and Bengie (Giants) they all debuted in the same season in 2004. They are the only trio of brothers  in Major League history to win World Series ring. However, no matter what, there are often left out of the favourite boricuas fan list.

That probably could change in few weeks as both the junior and the senior can be select it to their first All-Star Game in their careers.

“Yadier is like the kid everybody loves in the neighborhood,” St.Louis’ Manager Tony LaRussa said. “He deserves it same as his brother (Bengie).”

At this moment, Yadier, 26, is the leading vote-getter among National League catchers for the upcoming All-Star Game. And he is very happy about it moreover this year Summer Classic is at his Redbird nest at Busch Stadium in St. Louis July 14.

“It means a lot to me. A lot of people doubted I could do it,” Yadier said. “I’m proud of what I have done so far. It feels very good.”

Of course, he should feel good. Defensively he is probing once more he was not just lucky last season when he won his fisrt Gold Glove. At present, Yadier leads all Major League catchers in throwing percentage (41.8) and leads the majors in pick-offs since 2005. He admitted is slumping offensively a bit but he knows he can do better as similar to last year career-best .304.

In the other side of the country, all west, Bengie, 34,  is finally getting the attention he deserves. Not only because he is only 1 of  3 active catchers —Pudge Rodriguez (13) and Brad Ausmus (3)– to have won multiple Gold Gloves (American League 2002 and 2003) or owns as a catcher a career .994 fielding percentage. As a backstopper, he is second in the majors in putouts and have logged fourth-most innings played behind the plate. Also, he can hit too. He leads his San Francisco uniform in homers and RBI since 2007 and he is the leader again in both departments in 2009 (9 HR-37 RBI).

“(Pitcher) Matt McCain should be our All-Star this year. If I’m select it then it will be a great honor.” Bengie said. “Of course, that will be great to play in the same All-Star Game with my brother”.

Last Puerto-Rican duo of brothers to play in All-Star Games together were Roberto And Sandy Alomar Jr. in the 90′s.

Even though he is satisfied with the Giants—were he have been its franchise MVP the last two seasons— he stated he sometimes feels unrecognized as in his days with the Anaheim Angels. However, he said that given the right oppportunity he wants to stay in the Bay Area with San Francisco and be the starting catcher for the next two or three years.

Bengie is a free agent at the end of the season but he does not want to discuss with the Giants management a return to the team and any kind of deal anytime after the All-Star break.

On José, the other forgotten, is at the moment in the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa in a rehablitation assignment (strained left quadriceps muscle).

José, 33, went on the disabled list last May 10. No word from the Yankees management how soon he will called up.

This column was also published by The Puerto Rico Daily Sun / MLB Commentary

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