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Los Todos Estrellas del Clásico Mundial de Béisbol 2013

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“A los gerentes no les interesa el Clásico, les interesa sus equipos. Hay que hacer cambios. Imaginen una Copa Mundial sin Messi o sin Cristiano Ronaldo”. Muy cierta y sencilla la expresión de Moises Alou.

El que fué grandes liga, hoy día Gerente General del Team Dominicana para el Clásico Mundial, en un aparte con la prensa quisqueyana testimonió eco del desaire que anda por doquier en especial en América Latina. Lo que meses atrás parecía una justa de ensueño se ha vuelto un desasosiego para los verdaderos amantes del deporte del guante y el bate. Y ní imaginarnos para gerentes generales y dirigentes en confeccionar un conjunto nacional con el apoyo menesteroso que han ofrecido los dueños de las 30 franquicias que componen las mayores.

Entendido quienes van a estar presentes y se jugará con los que recibieron su permiso muchos de sangre latina tendrán los ojos puestos por cada asiduo beisbolero.

En esto de predicciones cada uno tiene su opinión pero este es mi Equipo Todo Estrella Pre-Clásico Mundial de Béisbol 2013 y ellos son:

C  Yadier Molina, Puerto Rico
1B Adrián González, México
2B Robinson Canó, República Dominicana
3B Pablo Sandoval, Venezuela
SS José Reyes, República Dominicana
OF Carlos Beltrán, Puerto Rico
OF Carlos González, Venezuela
OF Giancarlo Stanton, USA
DH Miguel Cabrera, Venezuela
SP Yovani Gallardo, México / Anibal Sánchez, Venezuela
RP Francisco Rodríguez, Venezuela / José Valverde, República Dominicana

Mis Jugadores Favoritos en las Grandes Ligas


En estos dias el columnista Jim Caple de una cadena estadounidense publicó un articulo de opinión preguntandole a sus lectores sí tuvieran la oportunidad de su vida que único partido les gustaria tener un boleto y viajar al pasado.

Muchos partidos en verdad me pasaron por la mente por su historia y otros por razones personales. En esa misma lidia se me ocurrió volver atrás en el tiempo y en vez de que partido que jugador volveria a ver en un diamante.

Como muchos de mi época nacido en Puerto Rico que fuimos criados como fanaticos de los Piratas de Pittsburgh por el prestigio que le dió a esa organización el inmortal Roberto Clemente ese era el equipo a seguir. Después de la muerte de Clemente me gustaria volver a ver a todos esos conjuntos corsarios de temprano de la década de los 70’ pero sí pienso en jugadores en especifico mi primera estrella a seguir era Willie Stargell.

Para ese mismo tiempo otro que era una de mis luminarias favoritas era Reggie Jackson desde que vistió el uniforme de los Cangrejeros de Santurce y los Atléticos de Oakland.

Por años seguí como jovenzuelo a los Bucaneros de la ciudad acerera y uno que se convirtió en uno de mis favoritos lo era el jardinero Dave Parker. De Puerto Rico en esa etapa de mediados y finales de lo 70’ el jugador más seguido por muchos era José “Cheo” Cruz pero el que más me llamaba el respeto a seguir cada vez que iba a la lomita lo era el zurdo John ‘Candy’ Candelaria.

Aunque era  rival de los Piratas en aquel momento uno que era de admiración y no fallaba de año en año en seguir sus números era Pete Rose.

Temprano en la década de los 80’ de esos cambios que uno vá dando dos peloteros favoritos erán Don Mattingly y Cal Ripken Jr. Ambos los ví jugar en la liga invernal de Borinquén y fuéron de esos que comenze a seguir día a día. Del patio borincano para ese mismo tiempo admito que no fallaba un ‘box score’ de los Astros de Houston para ver los números de Dickie Thon y un señor llamado Nolan Ryan.

Para finales de los 80’ y principios de los 90’ volví a coger la bajamar Pirata y seguí tanto como entusiasta como profesionalmente a los Piratas de Pittsburgh. Todavia hoy día conservó un guante de Bobby Bonilla.  Además, en ese tiempo fué que empezó a salir una camada boricua y entre tantos mi trio favorito era el de Juan “Igor” González, Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez y Rubén Sierra con los Rangers de Texas. Otros que profesionalmente bien seguia sus movimientos eran entre otros Roberto Alomar, Edgar Martínez y Bernie Williams.

Dandole ‘fast forward’ al tiempo por mucho tiempo el conjunto que he sobrevenido son la franquicia de los Marlins. Por tantos calendarios puedo mencionar un sín número de grandes jugadores pero sí volviese a ver en el terreno de juego a jugadores en este uniforme lo serian Bobby Bonilla, “Pudge” Rodríguez, Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett y Miguel Cabrera.

Hoy sí me preguntarán que jugador más admiró de la franquicia miamense lo es Giancarlo Stanton. Mucho tiempo atrás lo comparé con Miguel Cabrera y entiendo al paso que vá a sus 23 años de edad sín duda será una luminaria pero ver sí estará para largo tiempo en Miami.

Otros jugadores que al presente de esos como dicen por ahí pago mi boleto por ver son los Yankees Derek Jeter e Ichiro Suzuki; Evan Longoria de los Rays de Tampa Bay y el hoy Tigre Miguel Cabrera.

Cada quien tiene su opinión. Tiempo atrás en Miami entre colegas cronistas del béisbol conversabamos que todos tenemos nuestros jugadores preferidos. Eso es lo bonito del béisbol y esta es de esas columnas que de tiempo en tiempo salen del corazón y porque no recordar a esos grandes que vimos en un momento y admirar aquellos como cualquier ‘fan’ que son nuestros predilectos. Esos que algunos esperamos llegarán al Salón de la Fama y otros darle apoyo entre otros como David Concepción y Carlos Delgado que están en esa raya de la inmortalidad béisbolera.  Ahora preguntó, quienes son los suyos ?

Latinos en la Mirilla de Cambios en las Grandes Ligas

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De estas fechas a que termine la temporada hay un largo recorrer y todavía quedan muchos equipos con expectativas de post-temporada.

Al presente nadie está seguro que puede ocurrir en cualquiera de los seis gallardetes y aunque pasó la fecha limite de canjes sín que los jugadores tengan que pasar por el proceso de ‘waivers’ ya se escuchan los murmullos y cuchicheos de nombres que pueden que cambien de uniformes.

Rumores siempre son rumores y tal como pronosticamos que Jorge Cantu iria a parar a la franela de los Rangers de Texas algunos pueden ser realidad.

El año pasado para estas fechas en nuestra bola de cristal la pegamos que Alexis Rios seria trasladado de conjunto por los Azulejos de Toronto y de suerte también el traslado de Vicente Padilla a los Dodgers de Los Angeles.

Sí bien no falla la memoria tambien fue para esta época el año pasado que despues fueron canjeados jugadores entre otros Ivan “Pudge” Rodríguez y Alex González.

Esta campaña 2010 estos son los latinoamericanos entiendo podrian estar vistiendo un diferente uniforme de aquí a finales de septiembre.

Recuerden rumores son rumores pero estos son jugadores que pueden ser de gran ayuda o empuje en busqueda de un posible campeonato.

Fantasia o realidad está por verse. El tiempo nos dirá.

Jugadores:
José Bautista, Azulejos de Toronto
Carlos Beltrán, Mets de Nueva York
Luis Castillo, Mets de Nueva York
Pedro Feliz, Astros de Houston
José Guillén, Reales de Kansas City
Carlos Lee, Astros de Houston
Mike Lowell, Medias Rojas de Boston
Dioner Navarro, Rays de Tampa Bay
Aramis Ramírez, Cachorros de Chicago
Alfonso Soriano, Cachorros de Chicago

Lanzadores:
Livan Hernández, Nacionales de Washington
Leo Nuñez, Marlins de Florida
Franklin Morales, Rockies de Colorado
Oliver Perez, Mets de Nueva York
Joakim Soria, Reales de Kansas City
Carlos Zambrano, Cachorros de Chicago

Las Caras Latinas del 2010 en las Grandes Ligas


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Una temporada más en una nueva década y 29 conjuntos con las ansias de destronar a los Yankees de Nueva York que andarán buscando su titulo 28 en su historia.

La campaña es larga pero ahora la mirilla está en el arranque en el mes de abril y todos los seguidores beisboleros de América Latina están pendientes a los suyos.

Esta temporada calculamos llegará el número de latinos a un 24 por ciento en los rosters finales y estos son los que proyectamos serán las caras regulares, lanzadores en sus rotaciones abridoras y cerradores en esta venidera campaña 2010.

LIGA AMERICANA

Orioles de Baltimore: Miguel Tejada, 3B; Cesar Izturis,SS

Medias Rojas de Boston: Victor Martinez, C; David Ortiz, DH; Adrian Beltre, 3B; Marco Scutaro, SS

Medias Blancas de Chicago: Alexis Rios, CF; Alexei Ramirez,SS;  Freddy Garcia (Abridor)

Indios de Cleveland: Asdrubal Cabrera, SS; Jhonny Peralta, 3B; Luis Valbuena, 2B; Fausto Carmona (Abridor)

Tigres de Detroit: Magglio Ordoñez, RF; Miguel Cabrera, 1B; Carlos Guillen, DH; Jose Valverde (Cerrador)

Reales de Kansas City: Alberto Callaspo, 2B; Yuniesky Betancourt, SS; David de Jesus,RF;  Jose Guillen, DH; Joakim Soria (Cerrador)

Angelinos de Los Angeles: Erick Aybar, SS; Bobby Abreu,RF;  Kendry Morales, 1B; Juan Rivera, LF; Ervin Santana (Abridor); Joel Piñeiro (Abridor)

Gemelos de Minnesota: Francisco Liriano (Abridor)

Yankees de Nueva York: Robinson Cano, 2B; Alex Rodriguez, 3B; Jorge Posada, C; Javier Vazquez (Abridor); Mariano Rivera (Cerrador)

Marineros de Seattle: Jose Lopez, 3B; Franklin Gutierrez, CF; Felix Hernandez (Abridor); Ian Snell (Abridor)

Rays de Tampa Bay: Carlos Peña, 1B; Dioner Navarro, C: Rafael Soriano (Cerrador)

Rangers de  Texas: Julio Borbon, CF; Vladimir Guerrero, DH; Nelson Cruz, RF; Elvis Andrus,SS; Frank Francisco (Cerrador)

Azulejos de Toronto: Jose Bautista, RF; Edwin Encarnacion, 3B; Alex Gonzalez, SS

LIGA NACIONAL

Cascabeles de Arizona: Miguel Montero, C

Bravos de Atlanta: Yunel Escobar, SS; Martin Prado, 2B

Cachorros de Chicago: Aramis Ramirez,3B; Alfonso Soriano, LF, Geovany Soto, C; Carlos Zambrano (Abridor); Carlos Silva (Abridor); Carlos Marmol (Cerrador)

Rojos de Cincinnati: Orlando Cabrera, SS; Ramón Hernandez, C; Johnny Cueto (Abridor); Aroldis Chapman (Abridor); Francisco Cordero (Cerrador)

Rockies de Colorado: Carlos Gonzalez, LF; Jorge de la Rosa (Abridor); Ubaldo Jimenez (Abridor)

Marlins de Florida: Jorge Cantu, 3B; Hanley Ramirez, SS; Anibal Sanchez (Abridor); Leo Nuñez (Cerrador)

Astros de Houston: Pedro Feliz, 3B; Carlos Lee, LF; Wandy Rodriguez (Abridor)

Dodgers de Los Angeles: Rafael Furcal, SS; Manny Ramirez, LF; Ronnie Belliard, 2B; Vicente Padilla (Abridor)

Cerveceros de Milwaukee: Alcides Escobar, SS; Carlos Gomez, CF; Yovani Gallardo (Abridor)

Mets de Nueva York: Luis Castillo, 2B; Alex Cora, SS; Angel Pagan, CF; Johan Santana (Abridor);  Oliver Perez (Abridor); Francisco Rodriguez (Cerrador)

Phillies de Philadelphia: Placido Polanco, 3B; Carlos Ruiz, C

Piratas de Pittsburgh: Ronny Cedeño, SS

Cardenales de San Luis: Yadier Molina, C; Albert Pujols, 1B

Padres de San Diego: Everth Cabrera, SS; Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

Gigantes de San Francisco: Bengie Molina, C; Edgar Renteria, SS; Pablo Sandoval, 3B; Juan Uribe, 2B; Jonathan Sanchez (Abridor)

Nacionales de Washington: Cristian Guzman, SS; Ivan Rodriguez, C

Highest Paid Latinos in MLB

 


Next time Torii Hunter not only should have a better choice of words but also his facts right.

 

The Angel outfielder should know that the latest sensation to come from Latin America Cuban left-handed Aroldis Chapman was signed to a 6-year, $30 million deal by the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Hunter should no better that is not true that Major League Baseball prefers scouting and signing Latino players because they are willing to sign “for a bag of chips.”

 

Again he should ask his fellow Angels Latino teammates whom Arte Moreno is not paying them in corn or potato chips.

 

As of the end of 2009, seven of the best 10 paid players in the Majors according to a report from The Associated Press are Latinos.

 

Just for the facts, these are the best 10 Latino Players paid in Major League Baseball.

 

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees: $33,000,000
Manny Ramirez,
Los Angeles Dodgers: $23, 854,494

Carlos Beltran: New York Mets: $19, 243,682
Carlos Lee,
Houston Astros: $19,000,000

Magglio Ordoñez, Detroit Tigers: $18,971,576

Johan Santana, New York Mets: $18,876,139
Carlos Zambrano,
Chicago Cubs: $18,750,000

Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs: $17,000,000

Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs: $16,650,000
Mariano
Rivera, New York Yankees: $15,000,000

 

Hunter should know some history too.

 

Among the top 25 Major League Baseball players who have earned over $100 million total salary over their career through the end of 2009, not including bonuses, 10 are Latinos. The earnings definitely are not “bag of chips”.

 

Alex Rodriguez: $231,416,252

Manny Ramírez: $186,112,763

Pedro Martínez: $147,259,585

Carlos Delgado: $146,299,000

Sammy Sosa (retired): $124,068,000

Iván Rodríguez: $116,573,932

Mariano Rivera: $114,530,125

Vladimir Guerrero: $112,430,000

Magglio Ordoñez: $105,644,770

Bernie Williams (retired): $103,100,001

Carlos Delgado: A Florida Marlins Again ?

 


Spring training is around the corner and still many well-known names are looking for employment.

 

One of them is Carlos Delgado.

 

With only two weeks left Delgado is starting to wonder if he will have one more chance to play in a big league diamond.

 

The 37 year-old veteran is pondering if he will get one more opportunity to reach the 500 home run career mark. His only 27 homers shy of the 500 homers club plateau that will give him a chance to be consider hall-of-fame bound.

 

Probably the Florida Marlins will give him that opportunity.

 

According to a The Miami Herald report, the Marlins are considering Delgado as a much needed left-handed batter coming from the bench and as the same time to play occasionally first base.

 

The Marlins lost valuable utility-man Ross Gload to its East Division nemesis the Philadelphia Phillies this past winter.

 

The 17-season slugger fits both jobs but they are lingering questions.

 

The two-time All-Star missed most of the 2009 season because of a hip surgery. Delgado in 26 games hit .298 with 4 homers and 23 RBI’s for the New York Mets.

 

The slugger also according to published reports from various Puerto Rico newspapers is looking to make big money.

 

Furthermore, it has to be seen how Delgado and Marlins top brass will get to an understanding.

 

Last time Delgado played for Florida the story did not end a happy one.

 

Delgado in 2005 signed as a free agent with the Marlins to a $52 million- 4 year contract however the season that was supposed to be one to defend its World Series title turn to be an underachieving and sour one for the Fish.

 

As the Marlins financial storyline is well known in major league baseball, notwithstanding, Delgado hit .301, 33 homers and 115 RBI’s and finished sixth for the National League MVP award he was traded that 2005 winter to the Mets for cash and prospects being the main player Mike Jacobs who is looking for a job nowadays too.

 

Nonetheless, for Delgado this is not 2005. This is 2010.

 

As of the moment, the only other franchise that has express interest in Delgado is also a former team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Delgado to show his healthy he played eight games of winter ball in Puerto Rico with the Gigantes de Carolina, hitting .280 with a homer and 2 RBI’s.

 

According to the same published reports from Puerto Rico, Delgado may opt to retire if he does not receive an adequate offer to play next season.

 

If he will become a Marlin again, time will tell.

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

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

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