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A Votar Por Los Latinos para el Juego de Estrellas 2009!

Ya comenzaron las votaciones para elegir los abridores al Juego de las Estrellas que este año se celebrará el 14 de Julio en el Busch Stadium en la ciudad de San Luis.

Como en años anteriores esperamos grandemente que el partido de las luminarias este repleto de jugadores latinoamericanos. El año pasado en el ya ido Yankee Stadium 11 latinos estuvieron presentes en el gran Clásico de Verano.

A estas fechas un sin numero de jugadores latinos merecen su voto y son muchos.

El primero de la Liga Nacional que merece su apoyo lo es Albert Pujols. El inicialista dominicano ha comenzado una vez más con números ofensivos impresionantes y por tal fue nombrado el Jugador del Mes de Abril en su circuito. Pujols al paso que ha comenzado esta campaña va con son para otro Más Valioso en su resumé. Y bien merece Pujols estar en su propia casa de los cardenales para esta edición de las estrellas. Por cierto Pujols ya se comprometió a ser uno de los participantes este año en el Derby de Jonrones.

Por sus actuales numeros ofensivos otros que merecen su voto lo son los tambien inicialistas Jorge Cantu y Adrian González; el segunda base Felipe Lopez; el tercera base Aramis Ramirez y los jardineros Carlos Beltrán y Alfonso Soriano.

A este grupo debió haber pertenecido el toletero Manny Ramírez pero su erronea decisión de utilizar una sustancia controlada y por tal dar positivo en una prueba de dopaje lo ponen al Dodger de Los Angeles en la lista de los que no merecen el apoyo de su fanaticada.

Parece ser que hay peloteros no han aprendido la lección despues del caso de Alex Rodríguez.

En la Liga Americana el limpia bases Carlos Peña de los Rays de Tampa Bay esta caliente con su madero en especial en jonrones y remolcadas y merece su apoyo. Otro que bien merece su consideración para la misma posición lo es Miguel Cabrera quien tiene el potencial para lograr la triple corona ofensiva.

Los otros que merecen su voto por su buen comenzar esta temporada lo son el receptor Victor Martínez; el.antesalista Mike Lowell; los intermedistas Alberto Callaspo y Robinson Cano y el bosque Bobby Abreu.

Al momento, Abreu y Lowell son buenos candidatos a Jugador Regreso del Año.

Este año los jugadores abridores serán anunciados el 5 de Julio. Tal día los dirigentes Charlie Manuel y Joe Maddon nombrarán también los jugadores reservas y lanzadores a sus respectivos conjuntos.

Al momento, los serpentineros que merecen estár entre las estrellas lo son Johan Santana y Francisco Rodriguez en la Liga Nacional.

En el circuito americano al presente buenos merecedores de selección lo son Felix Hernandez, Armando Galarraga y Frank Francisco.

Comienzo Caliente del Poder Latino 2009 en Las Mayores

Un mes de temporada 2009 esta en los libros de historia. El camino lo es todavia largo al mes de Octubre pero temprano estamos viendo bien presente el poder latinoamericano en las mayores.

Al cerrar el primer capitulo del mes de abril, los tres mejores bateadores en la Liga Nacional son de nuestra área geográfica.

El boricua Carlos Beltrán de los Mets de Nueva York ha arrancado con un bateo estruendente y está demostrando porque algunas publicaciones de pre-temporada lo daban como posible candidato esta campaña para Jugador Más Valioso. Tal como dijo su compatriota y compañero de equipo Carlos Delgado durante el Clásico Mundial de Béisbol que si Beltrán le ponía pasión y corazón a esta campaña este iba a ser un gran año para el en la Ciudad de la Gran Manzana.

En el uniforme Marlin el hombre grande lo es Jorge Cantú. El azteca no solo esta conectando para promedio si no también para buenos números de poder convenciendo al momento a su Dirigente Fredi González que bien merecido es su lugar de limpiabases en la alineación floridiana. En la otra costa Manny Ramírez esta demostrando porque es Manny. De seguir tal como ha comenzado le esta demostrando al mundo beisbolero su valor mega- millonario y que el si puede cargar con sus Dodgers y posiblemente llevarlos una vez más hasta las series post-temporada.

Uno que muchos olvidan pero también ha comenzado muy bien esta temporada en especial en números de poder lo es Adrian González de los Padres de San Diego.

En el caso de Albert Pujols, el dominicano es un Más Valioso perpetuo. Una vez más con su bateo caliente esta demostrando sus grandes números y quien sabe si más adelante se pone en posición de triple corona ofensiva. Además, si se mantiene saludable toda esta temporada quien sabe si sus Cardenales de San Luis pueden dar una sorpresa.  Otro Cardenal que ha arrancado muy bien con su madero y posiblemente será un Guante de Oro nuevamente lo es el borincano Yadier Molina.

Otros latinos que hay que destacar por su buen arranque en el más antiguo de ambos circuitos lo son Aramis Ramírez y Alfonso Soriano de los Cachorros de Chicago y Bengie Molina de los Gigantes de San Francisco.

Desde la lomita no debe ser sorpresa el buen comienzo de Johan Santana pero si es grato al momento la buena apertura esta temporada de Joel Piñeiro de los Cardenales.

En la Liga Americana muchas publicaciones de pre-temporada coincidieron que Miguel Cabrera es un gran posible candidato esta campaña para Jugador Más Valioso y quien sabe a ser el primero en muchos calendarios a lograr la triple corona ofensiva en la Liga Americana. Al presente el Tigre de Detroit no esta quedando mal. Su madero está caliente y si sigue con tan gran son quien sabe si junto a la ofensiva latina de entre otros Carlos Guillén, Magglio Ordóñez y Placido Polanco los Tigres vuelven a poner a gozar a los de su ciudad automotriz.

En la misma división central uno que esta demostrando que cuando esta saludable es de peligro lo es Víctor Martínez. También otro que esta caliente y jugando a gran capacidad porque esta nuevamente saludable lo es Mike Lowell. El boricua precisamente esta demostrando que es una pieza de suma importancia y su madero es un extra enorme para volver a llevar a sus Medias Rojas de Boston a re-conquistar su banderín del este.

En Tampa Bay su fanaticada se pregunta que esta pasando con su novena quienes han comenzado algo frío pero dudas no hay con el bate de Carlos Peña. El quisqueyano esta dando mucho que hablar y demostrando porque es el toletero con sus jonrones y carreras impulsadas que merece bien ser reconocido en la gran carpa.

Otros latinos que han comenzado con gran empuje esta temporada con sus bates son Bobby Abreu de los Angelinos de Los Angeles, Robinson Cano de los Yankees de Nueva York y Alberto Callaspo de los Reales de Kansas City.

Félix “El Rey” Hernández esta demostrando al momento desde el montículo porque su apodo y porque tiene la corona de as con los Marineros de Seattle.

Honor a quienes merecen honor. Que continúen por buena ruta. Quien sabe y estoy seguro que muchos de ellos comienzen a anotar sus nombres a estar este año en el Juego de las Estrellas.

Carlos Delgado: Hall of Fame Bound ?

Next month the Hall of Fame will dedicate !Viva Baseball! an exhibit celebrating baseball in the Caribbean Basin countries. Latino Hall of Famers like Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda and Tany Perez will be featured in the exhibit. Same as a series of present day stars.

Of such today’s luminaries one of them is Aguadilla’s favorite son Carlos Delgado.

Does this will be his first staple in Cooperstown and turn to be a permanent one.

There is no doubt Roberto Alomar will be the next boricua in the pavilion. No matter how much discussion there have been after 35 years of the role of the designated hitter Edgar Martinez should be the first honored.

Ivan Rodriguez is enjoying another summer in the diamond but no discussion there should be when he finally decides to hang his shin guards and mask that he will be a first ballot shoo-in.

Next. Delgado?

The present New York Met in 17 seasons, year after year, has proven all baseball people his star status. No matter originally a catcher, he was switched to first base. His bat has done all the talking.

Delgado, 36, holds the all-time home run and RBI record among Puerto Rican players. If healthy, this season he could be the fifth Latino to join the home run 500-Club. Already he is among only six Latinos with over 1,500 RBI’s in a career.

Delgado is the fourth player in the majors history to hit at least 30 homers in 10 consecutive seasons, and he amassed 100 RBI or more in seven of his ten full seasons. In the days as a Blue Jay, those numbers were fueled with 6 consecutive seasons with over 30 homers and 100 RBI’s.

Those amazing numbers and many others still hold several Toronto’s single-season and career records. Moreover, it was in Canada he won the 2000 Hank Aaron award and 3 Silver Slugger honors.

He added to his hardware, the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award due to his great charity work outside the baseball fields.

And this is just a summary.

His actual resume very well compares with the career of such greats first baseman as Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell. Delgado says he does not have control of how writers look to him at present and how he will be foreseen in the future.

Probably is true but if healthy Delgado continues racking numbers the votes for Cooperstown will be by them. Probably we will know his induction by 2020.

This column was also published as a special for The Puerto Rico Daily Sun / MLB Commentary

Carlos Beltran: Could He Be Better ?

 

Nowadays when you ask about whom are the best players in the Major Leagues the fastest response are Albert Pujols and Hanley Ramirez. Just check out as an example all those fantasy baseball magazines around.

 

After the Cardinals and Marlins All-Stars, then the question is who’s third? If you ask most of those called experts among this season media the response is a fast-track one too, the name most bring up is Carlos Beltran. By the way, check some of those same magazines because they agreed too.

 

In Mets land the Manati native is not mentioned, as it should be. Although every year his numbers are comparable to those compiled by teammates Carlos Delgado and David Wright, he does not receive as much attention as they have. He is neither popular of autograph seekers like Jose Reyes or Johan Santana.

 

Long time ago General Manager Omar Minaya called him on the record the quietest leader you can have in a team. Beltran did not accept neither rejects the accolade. The 12th season veteran knows he himself is a quiet and reserved man. Even though he is being the best-paid Met this season, his $19 million salary does not make him an unostentatious and unpretentious guy.

 

For Beltran his numbers are the one who speaks for himself. And this season is no exemption. At present his bat is one of the team best in this young season for average and power numbers and his defense is turning as another in his resume.

 

Because his name tends to be forgotten the four-time All-Star have been a Gold Glove winner the last three seasons. Many thinks he should have won last year for the third straight the Silver Slugger Award. Moreover, last season for the third straight season he batted again over 25 dingers and over 100 RBI’s.

And many of the principal media outlets wrote him at the end of the 2008 season in their season’ All-Star Team.

 

For Beltran, who’s going to be 32 upcoming April 24th, he pointed us his job is to produce and not to be in a popularity contest. He knows long gone is his 1999 American League Rookie of the Year Award and this season he would like to prove he can be a league awardees again. As MVP. The closest he was to that honor was in fourth place in the voting in 2006.

 

He also would like to finally get his team to the next level. As in October be in the World Series. And his mission is to have a record-breaking post-season like he did have in 2004 for the Houston Astros. Still, as an amazing performance not repeated it yet. Of course, he expects his New York squad will not choke again as in the past two seasons in September.

 

For Beltran it is a matter he wants to demonstrate he can. And many, including his buddy and teammate Carlos Delgado agree he can. According to Delgado, if Beltran plays with the same passion and heart he played last March for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic he can be this year Mets MVP. And those are big words from one that quietly is compiling numbers for hall of fame monitoring.

 

It is true it is only April but watch out for the quiet Beltran to do a lot of noise. After all, the considered five-tool player quietly wants to demonstrate he can be the best.

This column was also published as a special for The Puerto Rico Daily News / MLB Commentary

 

Boricua: Where Are You ?


Only few days are left to finally listen the cry of Playball ! in most major league parks. No more spring training exhibition games.

Starting April 5th it is the real thing. Under the lights, the Philadelphia Phillies will open officially the 2009 season on national TV against the Atlanta Braves. For many, many years truthfully not many care about the Brotherly Love city Phils. This season Charlie Manuel’s troop is a must watch.

The Phillies will try to be the first defending champs this decade to win back to back titles. Since 00′, Major League Baseball champions includes the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Angels, Marlins, White Sox, Cardinals and twice the Red Sox. In paper, it looks the Phillies have all the tools to return to the World Series and fulfill the feast last accomplished by the 1998-2000 Bronx Bombers.

In Puerto Rico, I wonder how many really care about the Phillies and for the whole purpose the baseball upcoming season. Back at the turn of the century the list of boricuas in the Majors use to be around 50 every summer. Most were big names to their franchises and well-known for every baseball fan. Every All-Star Game was fully loaded with puertorriqueños, same as post-season time.

For the last, around two-three years, it have been follow closely the dwindling decrease of islanders in the big show.

This upcoming season the only boricuas projected to be on a regular basis in a lineup are in the American League: Mike Lowell (Red Sox), Jorge Posada, (Yankees), Mike Aviles and David de Jesus (Royals) and Alexis Rios (Blue Jays). In the National League: Felipe Lopez (D’Backs), Geovany Soto (Cubs), Ivan Rodriguez (Astros), Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado (Mets) and the brothers Molina Bengie (Giants) and Yadier (Cardinals).

Probable starters in a regular rotation this upcoming season are Javier Vazquez (Braves) and Joel Piñeiro (Cardinals). Let’s not forget new puertorrican Ian Snell (Pirates) who was nationalized with his two starts in the last World Baseball Classic. By the way, not to make the matters worse, but not even 20 more names are present in spring camps competing for a bench spot, utility role or pitching job to make in the season’s opener 25-man rosters.

The glory days are gone? Good question. No doubt, we can not take anything from the current crop. Every year there is at least one islander that excels and make all Puerto Rico proud.

Last season the man was Geovany Soto. The young catcher was the National League Rookie of the Year and selected by all major national media outlets for the same honor. Also, let not forget the excellent season of National league Gold Glovers Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina.

Hooray for the honor. However, circa 1998 it would have taken at least two more paragraphs to write the accolades of our Puerto Rican stars. That it would have included such names as Juan Gonzalez, Ruben Sierra, Carlos Baerga, Edgar Martinez, Roberto and Sandy Alomar. It was the hey-days of Pudge Rodriguez with Texas and Carlos Delgado with Toronto. Let’s not forget that time around Carlos Beltran was just coming up in 1999 as American League Rookie of the Year. Mike Lowell was just a rookie making a name for himself with the Florida Marlins.

There is a lot of talk about the different reasons with the continuing decrease of major league caliber local talent. And for God sake let’s not start to compare with the continuous rising baseball talent from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Let be honest, Puerto Rico still is baseball country. It was seen the passion and colors in the last World Baseball Classic. True a bad ninth inning against the USA derailed a final-four appearance dream in the world tourney. However no dream should be broken in the future.

The future is now that players have to arise again. Yes, we are very proud of the legacy of Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda and hopefully future hall of famers Robbie Alomar and Edgar Martinez. However, again, we need that boom of baseball players to build up again and fill up the majors. Meanwhile, do care and enjoy the upcoming season and root for your favorite team and favorite puertorrican player.

This column was also published as a Special For The Puerto Rico Daily Sun / Commentary Column

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