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Los Mejores Latinos en Series de Campeonato


bernie alex.jpgLas Series de Campeonato de Liga  de ambos circuitos están a todo vapor y  de la arrancada nombres con apellidos en español andan destacandose en los diamantes.

 

Esta es la etapa donde todos dan el todo por el todo por una sola meta en llegar hasta la Serie Mundial.

 

En los próximos dias sabremos sí serán los Yankees o los Rangers contra los Phillies o los Gigantes.

 

No importando, aprovechamos estas lineas en medio de estas series para recordar aquellos que en determinado momento obtuvieron una más que destacada actuación.

 

El tiempo dentro de poco nos dirá sí alguno este año se unirá a este grupo de destacados latinoamericanos.

 

Mi listado de mejores latinos en la historia en Series de Campeonato de Liga ellos son:

 

Manny Trillo, Philadelphia, 1980, .381, 0 HR, 4 RBI

 

Roberto Alomar, Toronto, 1992, .423, 2HR, 4 RBI

 

Javier López, Atlanta,1996, .542, 2 HR, 6 RBI

 

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

 

Livan Hernández, Florida,1997, 2 W, 0.84 ERA, 16 SO

 

Bernie Williams, NY Yankees, 1998, .381, 0 HR, 5 RBI

 

Orlando Hernández, NY Yankees,1999, 15.0 IP, 1 W, 13 SO

 

Eduardo Pérez, Atlanta,1999, .500, 2 HR, 5 RBI

 

Benito Santiago, San Francisco, 2002, .300, 2 HR, 6 RBI

 

Miguel Cabrera, Florida, 2003, .333, 3 HR, 6 RBI

 

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

 

Iván Rodríguez, Florida, 2003, .321, 2 HR, 10 RBI

 

David Ortiz, Boston, 2004, .387, 3 HR, 11 RBI

 

Albert Pujols, San Luis, 2004, 500,4 HR, 9 RBI

 

Placido Polanco, Detroit, 2006,  .412, 0 HR, 2 RBI

Los Latinos Mas Destacados y Valiosos en Series de Campeonato

 


Las Series de Campeonato de Liga están en su momento y ahora es ver quienes serán finalmente los contendores este año en el Clásico de Octubre.

Muchas publicaciones de pre-temporada en sus lineas de predicciones dijeron que por segundo año veremos a los defensores Yankees de Nueva York frente a los Phillies de Philadelphia.

Una rivalidad que se ha convertido como aquella para allá entre 1977 y 1978 entre los Bombarderos del Bronx y los Dodgers de Los Angeles.

Entre nuestros latinos hay muchos grandes nombres y estaremos muy pendientes a sus actuaciones.

Que gane el mejor y para los asiduos de la historia estos son los mejores latinos por departamento ofensivo en la historia de la series de campeonato de liga en ruta a la Serie Mundial.

Los mejores latinos en la historia antes de comenzar la presente series de campeonato lo son:

PROMEDIO DE BATEO
Eduardo Pérez     .464
Placido Polanco  .455

HITS
Manny Ramirez   59
Bernie Williams   52

DOBLES
Bernie Williams   10
Jorge Posada       8

TRIPLES
Mariano Duncan  3
David Ortiz; Jose Lind; Ruben Sierra; Robinson Cano; Luis Salazar       2

CUADRANGULARES
Manny Ramirez   13
Bernie Williams   9

CARRERAS IMPULSADAS
Bernie Williams   33
Manny Ramirez   32

CARRERAS ANOTADAS
Bernie Williams   31
Manny Ramirez   28

PORCENTAJE DE SLUGGING
Carlos Beltran      .804
Eduardo Perez     .750

PORCENTAJE DE OCASIONES EN BASE
Placido Polanco  .538
Eduardo Perez     .500

TOTAL DE BASES
Manny Ramirez   105
Bernie Williams   89

BASES ROBADAS
Roberto Alomar   11
Omar Vizquel       7

JUEGOS PARTICIPADOS DE SERIES DE CAMPEONATO DE LIGA
Manny Ramirez   49
Bernie Williams   41
Jorge Posada       39

Para los amantes de la historia, aquí están los latinos que han sido electos como Jugador Más Valioso en Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Americana (LA) y la Liga Nacional (LN).

1980 Manny Trillo. Philadelphia Phillies (LN)

1992 Roberto Alomar, Toronto Blue Jays (LA)

1996 Javier López, Atlanta Braves (LN)

1996 Bernie Williams, New York Yankees (LA)

1997 Liván Hernández, Florida Marlins (LN)

1999 Eduardo Pérez, Atlanta Braves   (LN)

1999 Orlando Hernández, New York Yankees (LA)

2002 Benito Santiago, San Francisco Giants (LN)

2003 Iván Rodríguez, Florida Marlins (LN)

2003 Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees (LA)

2004 David Ortíz, Boston Red Sox (LA)

2004 Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals (LN)

2006 Placido Polanco, Detroit Tigers (LA)

Los Mejores Latinos en Series Divisionales


Las Series Divisionales de las Grandes Ligas ya están en todo su apogeo.

 

Desde Puerto Rico a República Dominicana; desde México a Panamá y Venezuela todos el que es verdadero asiduo del béisbol mayor ya está pendiente al que pasará en este comienzo de post-temporada y quienes seguiran vivos en ruta al gran Clásico de Octubre.

 

Estará por verse dentro de tres semanas sí los Yankees de Nueva York se llevan su campeonato número 28 en su historia o sí de su liga el nuevo monarca serán los Mellizos, Rays o Rangers.

 

También por verse sí los Phillies vuelven a la cima como en el 2008 o alguno de los que no han ganado en mucho tiempo como los Bravos, Gigantes o Rojos le quitan la monarquia a los Bombarderos del Bronx.

 

Y claro está en todo este apogeo todos pendientes a los suyos entre otros Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Peña, Vladimir Guerrero, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Ruiz y Pablo Sandoval.

 

Para este año 2010 las hostilidades están en sus comienzos y en esta parte de series divisionales cualquier cosa puede suceder. Más cada serie particular es de solo cinco partidos el primero que gane tres juegos.

 

Y sobre nuestros latinos a ver como año tras año siempre hay algunos de gran destaque.

 

Por el momento que gane el mejor y para los asiduos de la historia estos son los mejores latinos por departamento ofensivo en la historia de la series divisionales desde que se añadió el “wild card” en 1995 en ruta a la Serie Mundial.

 

Los mejores latinos en la historia antes de comenzar la presente series divisionales lo son:

 

PROMEDIO DE BATEO
Carlos Beltrán      .387
Edgar Martínez     .375

 

HITS
Bernie Williams   51
Jorge Posada      40

 

DOBLES

Bernie Williams   16

Manny Ramírez    11

 

TRIPLES

Rafael Furcal        3

Omar Vizquel        2

 

CUADRANGULARES

Manny Ramírez    12

Juan González     8

Bernie Williams   8

 

CARRERAS IMPULSADAS

Bernie Williams   33

Manny Ramírez    32

 

CARRERAS ANOTADAS

Bernie Williams   36

Manny Ramírez    29

 

PORCENTAJE DE SLUGGING

Carlos Beltrán      .839

Edgar Martínez     .781

 

PORCENTAJE DE OCASIONES EN BASE

Carlos Beltrán      .500

Jose Offerman     .500

Edgar Martínez     .481

 

TOTAL DE BASES

Bernie Williams   91

Manny Ramírez    86

 

JUEGOS PARTICIPADOS DE SERIES DIVISIONALES
Bernie Williams   48

Jorge Posada      43

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.

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 Sanchez. 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 Ramirez. Jugando de bateria con Ramirez seleccioné como su segunda base a Robinson Cano.

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 Pagan, en el central Franklin Gutierrez y en el izquierdo Carlos Lee. Los dos jardineros reservas lo son Nelson Cruz y Carlos Gonzalez.

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 sera un equipo latino una realidad.

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

Yadier Molina: St. Louis Golden Boy


Yadier Molina.jpgYadier Molina has three goals for this season.

“I’m looking to win a World Series, try to hit .300 and try to win another Gold Glove,” said Molina recently at the St. Louis Cardinals winter fan festival.

On a Red Bird team where Albert Pujols is “El Hombre,” many players tend to go unnoticed.

The young Molina should not.

In five seasons, he has won two Gold Gloves, caught one 20-game winner, caught one Cy Young award winner, and was elected to start in last year’s All-Star Game at his own home turf.

“Yadi”, as known in the Gateway Arch city, hit the home run shot that gave the Cardinals the lead in Game Seven of the 2006 National League Championship Series.

In the same game Molina was who called for Adam Wainwright to pitch the the change up to fellow Puerto Rican and Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, setting the stage for Adam Wainwright’s curve ball for the final out and a trip to the World Series.

Last season, he was a key player in their National League Central Division championship.

In a few interviews during the winter, Molina said similar words about his goals but he emphasized on winning his third National League Gold Glove in a row.

Possibly nowadays some players do not give real importance to the Gold Glove Award, which is given annually for those who have shown a superb individual performance in their fielding position.

The award, presented by Rawlings, is given in both the National League and American League.

For Molina it is really important. He wants to prove that he is the best catcher today in baseball.

Not that he has anything against his older brothers, fellow major league catchers, Giants Bengie Molina, and Yankees Jose Molina.

He just wants to be the best.

Not an easy task when he wants to emulate his hero, future Hall-of-Famer Ivan Rodriguez.

Molina  knows his baseball history and particularly that defensively, “Pudge” Rodriguez has won the most Gold Gloves as a catcher in Major League history with 13 career awards in the American League.

Molina also knows that since 1988 catchers from his native Puerto Rico have dominated the Gold Glove Award, except in the 1991 and 2005 seasons.

Those names are Rodriguez, brother Bengie, Benito Santiago, and Sandy Alomar Jr., and he wants to keep on the tradition.

Manager Tony La Russa has said publicly that he has a lot of confidence in Molina and expects him, once again, to have a great 2010 season.

As for Molina, he knows he is not Pujols, but he is the gold glove “hombre” behind the plate.

EXTRA
Latino Winners of the most Gold Gloves at his position:
Catcher-Ivan Rodriguez   / 13
First Base- Vic Power   / 7
Second Base- Roberto Alomar / 10
Third Base- Adrian Beltre / 2
Shortstop- Omar Vizquel   / 11
Outfield- Roberto Clemente / 12
Pitcher- Joaquin Andujar; Johan Santana; Fernando Valenzuela / 1

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.

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