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The MLB’s Latino Decade Team: The 2000’s

pujols.jpgThe 2000’s are heading into history.

As in all sports, fans love to know the opinion of who were the best players of the decade.

As Barry Bonds was the man in the 1990’s, this decade was all property of Albert Pujols.

“El Hombre” from the St. Louis Cardinals his offensive numbers made all the talking hitting every year for at least a .300 average, 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in.

He was as good as a hitter, defensively as a first baseman and as a ball player off-the-field that it was a no brainer was MLB’s Player of the Decade.

Both The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated agreed with the latter.

Pujols was the king of the diamonds but there were other bunch of player that excels to their best through the decade.

Only Latino great names from the best of the best of the decade of the 1990’s around major league baseball are Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and Omar Vizquel. Very possibly the duo will be future shoo-ins into the Hall of Fame.

Long gone are those great from the 90’s as Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and Bernie Williams.

There is a great possibility Roberto Alomar and Edgar Martinez will be getting next January their enshrinement into Cooperstown.

As we are approaching the 2010’s this is a good time to select the All-Decade Latino Team for the 2000’s.

Our MLB’s Latino Decade Team 2000-2009:
C-Jorge Posada
1B-Albert Pujols
2B-Placido Polanco
3B-Alex Rodríguez
SS-Miguel Tejada
OF-Carlos Beltrán
OF-Vladimir Guerrero
OF-Manny Ramírez
SP: Bartolo Colón, Liván Hernández, Pedro Martínez, Johan Santana, Javier Vázquez
RP: Mariano Rivera


10 Latino MLB ’09 Season Highlights

Ivan Rodriguez.jpgFor more than a century, fans across America have called out Major League Baseball as “The Show”.

It is true is America’s pastime. It is also true in Latin America.

For Latinos beisbol is the greatest show and season after season there is a moment, a feat or an accomplishment that will go to the history books.

These were the 10 Latino season highlights of 2009:

  • Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez with the Houston Astros recorded career game number 2,227 on June 17 against the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez career game 2,227 as a catcher passed Carlton Fisk for most games caught in major league history. Rodriguez was traded on August 18 to the Rangers.
  • Omar Vizquel of the Texas Rangers became Venezuela’s all-time hits leader on June 25 against the Arizona D’Backs with his career hit 2,678. He surpass hall of famer Luis Aparicio.
  • Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees on June 28against the New York Mets became the only second pitcher ever to break the 500 save mark. In that game he also hit his first career RBI. Rivera trails Trevor Hoffman in the majors career saves list.
  • Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants tossed his first career complete game in the majors and best was a no-hitter July 10against the San Diego Padres.
  • Johan Santana of the New York Mets became Venezuela’s all-time winning pitcher on July 11 against the Cincinnati Reds. Santana finished the season with career 122 victories. Freddy Garcia is second in Venezuela’s victories list with 121.
  • Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers pinch hit his 21st career grand slam on July 22 against the Cincinnati Reds, placing him second behind Lou Gehrig major league grand slam career record 23.
  • Ramon Castro of the Chicago White Sox joined the Puerto Rican catcher fraternity (Eliseo “Ellie” Rodriguez, Javier Lopez, Ivan Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and Geovany Soto) that had caught a no-hitter in their careers in the majors. Castro was behind the plate for Mark Buehrle when he tossed his perfect game July 23 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Francisco Rodriguez of the New York Mets became Venezuela’s all-time leader on September 6 against the Chicago Cubs with career save 238 surpassing Ugueth Urbina career 237 saves.
  • Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees drives an American League record seven RBIs in an inning on a three-run homer and a grand slam on the last game of the regular season October 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Rodriguez feat secured his 12th consecutive season of 30 homers and 100 RBIs, tying Jimmie Foxx’s major-league record (1929-1940). Rodriguez’s 13th season of 30/100 is a record.
  • Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins became only the fourth National League shortstop to win a batting title. Ramirez finished the season with .342.


Rockies de Colorado en Ruta a la Post-Temporada 2009


El mes de septiembre esta en los libros de historia y prácticamente estamos listo para las series post-temporada de las Grandes Ligas.


En la Liga Americana están sembrados los Yankees de Nueva York, Angelinos de Los Angeles y los Medias Rojas de Boston.


En estos momentos falta por decidir el gallardete de la División Central. Un mes atrás lucia que los Tigres de Detroit tenían asegurado el banderín. Nada de eso. Los Mellizos de Minnesota no se han dado por vencido y luce no darán tregua hasta el ultimo día de temporada.


En la Liga Nacional están sembrados los campeones defensores Phillies de Philadelphia, los Cardenales de San Luis y los Dodgers de Los Angeles. Muy probablemente el comodín lo obtenga los calientes Rockies de Colorado.


Y buen ojo con la tropa del Dirigente Jim Tracy. Los Rockies están jugando tan bien que todavía hay la posibilidad de que no solo ganen su pase a las series post-temporada como wild card sino como banderileros de la División Oeste.


Los Esquivadores de Joe Torre en tiempos recientes se les han congelado los bates y brazos y no lucen bien en ruta hacia la post-temporada.


Y repito, cuidado con los Rockies. Nadie olvide que en el 2007 ganaron 21 de sus últimos 22 partidos de serie regular e hicieron una post-temporada de ensueño sorprendiendo al mundo beisbolero y llegaron hasta la Serie Mundial.


Que pasara? Esa pregunta se contestara por si sola a partir del 6 de octubre cuando comiencen las series divisionales de ambas ligas.


En cuanto a nuestros latinos, este es nuestro ranking casi de finales de temporada y ellos son:

A casi finalizar la temporada, los mejores latinos ofensivos al día en todas las Mayores lo son:
1. Albert Pujols, San Luis
2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
3. Hanley Ramírez, Florida
4. Kendry Morales, Angelinos de Los Angeles
5. Víctor Martinez, Boston
6. Robinson Cano, Yankees de Nueva York
7. Bobby Abreu, Angelinos de Los Angeles
8. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco
9. Adrián Gonzalez, San Diego
10. Miguel Tejada, Houston

A casi finalizar la temporada, los mejores lanzadores latinos al día en todas las Mayores lo son:
1. Félix Hernández, Seattle
2. Mariano Rivera, Yankees de Nueva York
3. Javier Vázquez, Atlanta
4. Joel Piñeiro, San Luis
5. Jorge de la Rosa, Colorado
6. Francisco Cordero, Cincinnati
7. Fernando Rodney, Detroit
8. Ubaldo Jiménez, Colorado
9. Wandy Rodríguez, Houston
10. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee

Proud Pittsburgh Pirates Team Roberto Clemente Knew Pillaged Over the Years

clemente.jpgMajor League Baseball announced few weeks ago, on Roberto Clemente Day, the names of the 30 finalists for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.


The award is given annually to the Major League Baseball Player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field.


Among the winners are 13 members of the Hall of Fame and nominees this year feature 13 players selected for the 2009 All-Star Game. And once again you the fans have the opportunity to vote for who you think deserve this coveted award.


For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, Clemente’s name live in the nostalgia of great years long gone.


Even though he was not present, he would have been proud of Willie Stargell and his 1979 “We Are Family” World Champions.


He would have been proud of Jim Leyland’s Bucs from 1990-92.


But sitting up there in heaven, he can’t be proud of the club’s 17-year cycle of futility and losing. By the way, that’s a new major league record.


This season, they’ve proved to be so bad that the only position player remaining from opening day is catcher Ryan Doumit.


I bet Clemente would not be proud of what used to be, from the ’60s to the ’90s, a franchise driven year after year to have in its roster the best Latino players possible.


Let’s not forget either that a day like Sept. 1, 1970 Manager Danny Murtaugh made the first all-black and Latino lineup in MLB history.


Clemente was batted third in that lineup that beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-7 at Three Rivers Stadium.


Clemente who was a very proud man himself definitely would be very sad to see what have become his once great Bucs whom are inothing great and not even for 2010.


Only a light from heaven can give them little brightness for the future.

Who Will Consider Carlos Delgado for 2010?

Since the start of the season rumors flew that 2009 would most definitely was Carlos Delgado’ last season in the Big Apple.


Even though was considered one of the key players for a pennant run this season, management knew behind the scenes most likely the 37-year-old Delgado, whose contract expires after this season, was not going to be ask to return.


For Mets management luckily they have the excuse to tell him goodbye after Sept. 28.


Delgado could never comeback from hip surgery and derailed by a right oblique strain. Not withstanding if he makes a comeback in the final weeks and shows his healthy no matter what it is very unlikely he will be ask to be a Met in 2010.


Well, no matter if he would not have suffered his setback Delgado would have been a victim anyway.


Fred Wilpon, the Mets principal owner, was one of the hardest hit financially by the losses caused by the Ponzi scheme run by his former friend Bernard Madoff.


According to various media reports, it have been divulged that Wilpon business, Sterling Equities, lost an estimate $700 million in Madoff’ $65 billion fraud revealed last December.


Moreover, it is not clear yet if Wilpon will lose more money in rights if the federal government re-asserts that Citigroup have to withdraw the name from Mets’ Citi Field as part of the federal banking bailout settlement.


However Delgado’ fate was not only because Wilpon’s financial distress.


Mets management has been closely watching if younger and less expensive Daniel Murphy could replace him in first base.


Another choice that has been mentioned is to trade make a trade for San Diego Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez. Due his high-priced tag words is also the Mets will make trades for Luis Castillo and Jose Reyes.


As for Delgado, he has said he wants to play in 2010.


If he can show he can comeback from injury odds are very likely he will land a deal as a designated hitter in the American League. Nobody be surprise the Toronto Blue Jays bring him back for a year with incentives.


Let keep in mind Delgado is a player with strong leadership skills and power hitting. Let be clear if it had not been for his hip injury he was coming from a 2008 season in which he hit 38 homers and 115 RBI.


Delgado is hungry career ego. The Puerto Rican All-Star, who wears number 21 in honor of Roberto Clemente, well knows that his shy of 27 dingers to reach the home-run club. That means possible Cooperstown bound.


Who will consider Delgado, time will let us know.

Pudge Rodriguez Deserves One More Year

Ivan Rodriguez.jpgTen years ago it was a dream season for Iván Rodríguez.


1999 will never be erased from his memory.


His team, the Texas Rangers, won the American League West Division pennant, while individually, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award.


Sadly, the Rangers were swept by the New York Yankees in the league Division Series for a second straight year and eliminated for the third time in four seasons.


Texas lost nine consecutive postseason games, all versus New York in Division Series play. In fact, the only time they beat the Bronx Bombers was in Game One of the 1996 Division Series at Yankee Stadium.


Since then, the Rangers have never made another postseason run. If they can catch up to the Boston Red Sox in the next three weeks for the American League wild card, it could be not only their comeback year, but also a chance to finally play in the Fall Classic.


If that happens, Manager Ron Washington has publicly stated that “Pudge” Rodriguez has been one of the key players in the team’s resurgence.


Rodriguez arrived in his Rangers cradle back in mid-August via trade from the Houston Astros. Let’s not forget Rodriguez started his Hall of Fame-bound career in a Rangers uniform, from 1991 to 2002.


At the beginning, many thought that his return was simply one in which a player returns to his old team for a farewell tour.


Not Rodríguez.


His desire and big ego won him back the everyday catcher position. His batting so far has been hot, with sparks very similar to the ones that gave inspiration to the World Champion Florida Marlins back in 2003.


On Sept. 28, we will know the fate of the Rangers–and the same for Ivan Rodriguez.

No matter what, do not expect any retirement announcement. “The way I feel and the shape that I am in, I know I’m going to play for years and years,” Rodriguez said.


Even though his long resume includes 14 All-Star selections, 13 Gold Gloves, seven Silver Slugger and MVP awards, he is not planning to give up yet.


By the way, don’t forget that he is the catcher with the most games played in Major League Baseball history.


However, he is still pursuing one more record: 3,000 hits.


Since he was a kid, as most Puerto Rican players, one of his heroes was Roberto Clemente. Among friends, Rodríguez has mentioned to truly honor Clemente, he would like to share the limelight with him in Cooperstown.


While it is well known that the present finances of the Texas Rangers are very delicate, Rodríguez has said he wants to to the team–that remains to be seen.


No matter what happens, there should be no doubt that Rodríguez deserves to be signed by a team for his 20th career season. His strong leadership and still-average hitting deserves the chance.

The 37-year-old catcher is not ready to quit just yet.

Albert Pujols y Felix Hernandez: En Pos de Galardones

haab.jpgTres semanas de competencia restan de esta temporada y la competencia en general esta que arde en fuego.

En la Liga Nacional en este momento solo los campeones mundiales defensores Phillies de Philadelphia y los Cardenales de San Luis parecen tener asegurados sus respectivos banderines.A este momento no debe haber dudas que ambos deben estar viendo acción en las series post-temporada.

En la Division Oeste en un punto parecia que los Dodgers de Los Angeles tenian asegurado tambien su gallardete del Oeste pero nada de eso.

Los Rockies de Colorado y los Gigantes de San Francisco en su batalla campal por obtener el comodín de su liga de momento se han puesto en posición ambos tambien de contendores a su banderín.En honor a la verdad tal como pasó el año pasado cualquier sorpresa
puede suceder de aquí a finales de temporada.

Para el comodín a este momento el único conjunto fuera del Oeste que todavia esta en la pelea son los Marlins de Florida.

En la Liga Americana la mayor sorpresa siguen siendo los Rangers de Texas quienes andan dando lucha en la División Oeste. Al momento estan atras de los Angelinos de Los Angeles en su gallardete  pero si no los alcanzan ojo a la tropa tejana que puede ser un fiel contendor para el comodin.

En el caso de los Rangers, si no alcanzan a los Angelinos, a este momento su más aguerrido contendor para el comodín son los Medias Rojas de Boston.

En la División Central los Tigres de Detroit siguen al mando pero ojo con los Mellizos de Minnesota quienes no han dado señales que desean verse como un conjunto eliminado.

Los bostonianos están muy atras a este momento de alcanzar a los Yankees de Nueva York. Los Bombarderos andan jugando un gran béisbol e indudablemente lucen ya como asegurados a las series post-temporada.

En cuanto a nuestros latinos, este es nuestro ranking a solo tres semanas de campaña.

A ley de tres semanas de finalizar la temporada, los mejores latinos ofensivos al día en todas las Mayores lo son:
1. Albert Pujols, San Luis
2. Hanley Ramirez, Florida
3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
4. Kendry Morales, Angelinos de Los Angeles
5. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco
6. Carlos Peña, Tampa Bay
7. Robinson Cano, Yankees de Nueva York
8. Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego
9. Bobby Abreu, Angelinos de Los Angeles
10.Victor Martinez, Boston

A ley de tres semanas de finalizar la temporada, los mejores lanzadores latinos al día en todas las Mayores lo son:
1. Felix Hernandez, Seattle
2. Wandy Rodriguez, Houston
3. Mariano Rivera, Yankees de Nueva York
4. Javier Vazquez, Atlanta
5. Francisco Cordero, Cincinnati
6. Joel Piñeiro, San Luis
7. Jorge de la Rosa, Colorado
8. Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado
9. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee
10.Alfredo Aceves, Yankees de Nueva York

MLB’ Top 20 Latinos in Florida History

hanley.jpgIn two weeks Latinos living in the United States will start celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.


It is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.


Every year Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries–Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.


In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. October 12, Columbus Day or Dia de la Raza, also falls within this 30-day period.


As a Florida resident and a baseball fan and writer, I have to acknowledge that one of the most notable contributions to the Sunshine State is baseball itself.


I can write a whole essay about it. However I’m going to keep it short and bring on the best 20 Latinos that have played either for the Marlins or Rays in the major leagues.


This season we are watching in both sides of the state two great All-Stars from the Dominican Republic.


The Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez is going on with an MVP season and is one month shy from winning his first career batting title in the National League.


On the other side, the Rays’ Carlos Peña is on pace to finish the season as the American League home run king.


This is my list of the top 20 Latinos to wear a Marlins and/or Rays jersey in the Major Leagues:

Luis Castillo (Marlins)

Miguel Cabrera (Marlins)

Hanley Ramírez (Marlins-active)

Mike Lowell (Marlins)

Alex González (Marlins)

Antonio Alfonseca (Marlins)

Edgar Renteria (Marlins)

Liván Hernández (Marlins)

Iván Rodríguez (Marlins)

Moises Alou (Marlins)

Bobby Bonilla (Marlins)

Armando Benitez (Marlins)

Ugueth Urbina (Marlins)

Carlos Delgado (Marlins)

Alfredo Amezaga (Marlins)

Jorge Cantu (Rays/Marlins-active)

Dioner Navarro (Rays-active)

Carlos Peña (Rays-active)

Roberto Hernández (Rays)

Julio Lugo (Rays)

Latinos Claves En Ruta Hacia la Post-Temporada 2009

miguel.jpgEl mes de agosto esta en los libros de historia y ahora es que comienzan a separarse los hombres de los niños.


Es tiempo de victoria tras victoria en ruta a las series de post-temporada y arribar hasta el gran Clásico de Octubre.


Al momento de escribir estas lineas ni en la Liga Nacional ni en la Americana hay un claro favorito. El diferencial entre los equipos que están en el tope de cada división matemáticamente es mínimo y puede ocurrir cualquier sorpresa.


En el circuito americano aunque los Yankees de Nueva York, Tigres de Detroit y los Angelinos de Los Angeles están arriba en sus respectivas divisiones todos tienen conjuntos detrás de ellos hambrientos por desplazarlos.


Hay un viejo dicho en el béisbol que la pelota es redonda y viene en caja cuadrada y cualquier cosa puede suceder en el mes de septiembre.


En la Americana en el Este, los Bombarderos del Bronx tienen a sus eternos rivales Medias Rojas de Boston y los inspirados Rays de Tampa Bay tocando puertas muy cercános a ellos. En la Central, los felinos de la ciudad automotriz tienen en su cola a los Mellizos de Minnesota y nadie descarte todavia al siempre agresivo Ozzie Guillén y sus Medias Blancas de Chicago. En el Oeste los Angelitos no se pueden desconfiar en ningún momento porque tienen a los aguerridos Rancheros de Texas no muy lejos de ellos.


En la Nacional en el Este, los campeones mundiales Phillies de Philadelphia deben regresar al gran baile de post-temporada pero mucho ojo con los Marlins de Florida y los Bravos de Atlanta. Los Cardenales de San Luis han jugado gran pelota todo el año en su banderín de la central pero deben tener muy cuidado con un despertar a última hora de los Cachorros de Chicago.


También muy buen béisbol han jugado a través de toda la campaña los  Dodgers de Los Angeles pero no se pueden dejar caer en la tabla de posiciones. En su gallardete del oeste los Rockies de Colorado y los Gigantes de San Francisco andan demostrando que tienen conjuntos dignos de post-temporada y así de bien están jugando a este momento.


Para llegar hasta la post-temporada siempre todos los equipos cuentan con jugadores claves y a mi entender estos son los jugadores latinoamericanos que pueden hacer la diferencia para sus conjuntos en búsqueda del deseado campeonato mundial.


New York Yankees: 3B-Alex Rodriguez; P-Mariano Rivera; 2B-Robinson Cano; C-Jorge Posada
Boston Red Sox: 3B-Mike Lowell
Tampa Bay Rays: 1B-Carlos Peña
Detroit Tigers: 1B-Miguel Cabrera; OF-Magglio Ordoñez
Minnesota Twins: SS-Orlando Cabrera
Chicago White Sox: Dirigente-Ozzie Guillen; 2B Alexei Ramírez
Los Angeles Angels: OF-Vladimir Guerrero; 1B Kendry Morales; OF-Bobby Abreu
Texas Rangers: P-Neftali Perez; C-Ivan Rodriguez; SS-Omar Vizquel

Philadelphia Phillies: 3B-Pedro Feliz; C-Carlos Ruiz
Florida Marlins: SS-Hanley Ramirez; 3B-Jorge Cantu
Atlanta Braves: SS-Yunel Escobar; P-Javier Vazquez
St.Louis Cardinals: 1B-Albert Pujols; C-Yadier Molina
Chicago Cubs-3B-Aramis Ramírez
Los Angeles Dodgers: OF-Manny Ramirez; SS-Rafael Furcal
Colorado Rockies : P-Ubaldo Jimenez; P-Jorge de la Rosa
San Francisco Giants: C-Bengie Molina; 3B-Pablo Sandoval


MLB’ Key Latino Players Down The Stretch

al.jpgThis is the time of the year that many players are thinking October. It is the time to step up en route to the World Series.

Every franchise in the post-season race is looking closely at their so-called “super nine”, but there is always one or two players that can make the difference.

These are the Latino players that their franchises need, and count on as key factors.

These are the Latinos that can be their key master to this year 2009 Fall Classic.

New York Yankees: 3B-Alex Rodriguez; P-Mariano Rivera
Boston Red Sox: 3B-Mike Lowell
Tampa Bay Rays: 1B-Carlos Peña
Detroit Tigers: IB-Miguel Cabrera; OF-Magglio Ordoñez
Minnesota Twins: SS-Orlando Cabrera
Chicago White Sox: Ozzie Guillen (Yes! The Manager)
Los Angeles Angels: OF-Vladimir Guerrero
Texas Rangers: P-Neftali Perez; C-Ivan Rodriguez

Philadelphia Phillies: 3B-Pedro Feliz; C-Carlos Ruiz
Florida Marlins: SS-Hanley Ramirez; 3B-Jorge Cantu
Atlanta Braves: SS-Yunel Escobar; P-Javier Vazquez
St.Louis Cardinals: 1B-Albert Pujols; C-Yadier Molina
Los Angeles Dodgers: OF-Manny Ramirez; SS-Rafael Furcal
Colorado Rockies : P-Ubaldo Jimenez; P-Jorge de la Rosa
San Francisco Giants: C-Bengie Molina; 3B-Pablo Sandoval


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