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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.

The All-Time Latinos in the Majors By Country

haab.jpgEvery fan knows them. They are cheer. Some times not.

Albert Pujols is known as “El Hombre” in St. Louis and possibly could win his third career National League MVP award.

Felix Hernandez is known as “El Rey” in Seattle and possibly could win his first career Cy Young award.

Elvis Andrus is regarded the next best shortstop in the model of Omar Vizquel in the majors. Fans of the Texas Rangers are waiting to see if he will be this season’s American League Rookie of the Year.

Fans know many more of them and have high regards of them.

Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins is this season’s National League batting champion; superstar New York Yankees Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada; Carlos Lee in Houston and Miguel Cabrera in Detroit.

Of course, there is always in Dodger Blue Manny being Manny in Los Angeles and new names to follow in the other side of Los Angeles’ Angels, Kendry Morales.

All of them Latinos.

They all come from the passionate countries of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Venezuela.

We know them today but through history all this countries have supplied the best of the best to the majors.

As of the end of the 2009 season, these are the top Latinos by country:


At Bats

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 10,472

Dominican Republic: Sammy Sosa, 8,813
Panama: Rod Carew, 9,315

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 9,454
Venezuela: Luis Aparicio, 10,230


Batting Average

Cuba: Tony Oliva, .304

Dominican Republic: Albert Pujols, .334
Panama: Rod Carew, .328

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente, .317
Venezuela: Magglio Ordoñez, .312


Hits

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 3,020

Dominican Republic: Julio Franco, 2,586
Panama: Rod Carew, 3,053

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 3,000
Venezuela: Omar Vizquel, 2,704


Doubles

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 585

Dominican Republic: Manny Ramirez, 531
Panama: Rod Carew, 445

Puerto Rico: Ivan Rodriguez, 547
Venezuela: Bobby Abreu, 483


Triples

Cuba: Tony Taylor, 86

Dominican Republic: Juan Samuel, 102
Panama: Rod Carew, 112

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 166
Venezuela: Luis Aparicio, 92


Home Runs

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 569

Dominican Republic: Sammy Sosa, 609
Panama: Carlos Lee, 307

Puerto Rico: Carlos Delgado, 473
Venezuela: Andres Galarraga, 399


Runs Batted In

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 1,835

Dominican Republic: Manny Ramirez, 1,788
Panama: Carlos Lee, 1,103

Puerto Rico: Carlos Delgado, 1,512
Venezuela: Andres Galarraga, 1,425


Wins

Cuba: Luis Tiant, 229

Dominican Republic: Juan Marichal, 243

Puerto Rico: John Candelaria, 177
Venezuela: Johan Santana, 122

All-Time Latino Wins Leader is Nicaragua’s Dennis Martinez, 245

 


ERA

Cuba: Mike Cuellar, 3.14

Dominican Republic: Juan Marichal, 2.89

Puerto Rico: John Candelaria, 3.13
Venezuela: Johan Santana, 3.13

All-Time Latino ERA Leader is Panama’s Mariano Rivera, 2.25

 


SAVES

Cuba: Danys Baez, 114

Dominican Republic: Jose Mesa, 321

Puerto Rico: Roberto Hernandez, 326
Venezuela: Francisco Rodriguez, 243

All-Time Latino ERA Leader is Panama’s Mariano Rivera, 526

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MLB’ Best Latino Players Last 20 Seasons

Ivan Rodriguez.jpgESPN is celebrating 20 years of covering Major League Baseball and the network asked fans to vote for their all-time team of the last 20 seasons.

At this moment, fans are being asked to pick the winners for each position.

Not surprisingly, winning names in this national poll have been Edgar Martinez as the top DH, Albert Pujols top first baseman, Ivan Rodriguez as top catcher, and Mariano Rivera as the top closer in the last 20 years.

All players from Latin America.

For the last 23 years I have been covering the Major League Baseball beat of the Puerto Rican and Latin American players, and over that time I have seen a bunch of great players.

I’ve also seen how appealing they are to their fans. I have seen how hall-of-famers Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Tany Perez, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, and Juan Marichal are perceived as never-gone heroes in the respective towns they played in in their hey-days.

Nowadays players like Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Manny Ramirez, Johan Santana and many others are closely watched and being regarded as the No. 1 players of their respective franchises.

Quite different to ESPN’ SportsNation Poll, I will share whom I believe are the best Latino players the last 20 years. Most possibly readers will have have a different opinion, but this is my own Latino All-Star team.

Catchers-Santos Alomar Jr., Javier López, Jorge Posada, Iván Rodríguez, Benito Santiago

First Base-Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Delgado, Andrés Galarraga, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols

Second Base-Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Julio Franco

Third Base-Vinny Castilla, Mike Lowell, Alex Rodríguez

Shortstop-Hanley Ramirez, José Reyes, Miguel Tejada, Omar Vizquel

Outfielders-Bobby Abreu, Carlos Beltran, José Canseco, Juan González, Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordoñez, Sammy Sosa, Bernie Williams

Pitchers-Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana

Closers-Mariano Rivera, Francisco Rodriguez

Designated Hitter-Edgar Martinez, David Ortiz

Roberto Alomar y Edgar Martinez: Proximos al Salón de la Fama ?


Con la ceremonia de exaltación de Jim Rice y Rickey Henderson al Salón de la Fama, año tras año uno de los debates que más sobresale entre fanaticos es quienes serán los proximos a ser electos en un futuro al gran pabellón en Cooperstown.

Entre latinoamericanos siempre surge el tema dado han pasado muchos calendarios en que ninguno ha sido electo.

Dando un paso inmediato a la proxima elección el proximo mes de diciembre  los dos primeros que deben ser de seria consideración por los miembros de la Asociación de Escritores de Béisbol de América  lo son Roberto Alomar y Edgar Martínez. Ambos boricuas estarán en la misma papeleta y ambos deberán recibir gran atención.

Robbie Alomar  sin duda alguna fue el mejor intermedista de su época. El 12 veces Todo Estrella, a la defensiva fue catalogado como el mejor segunda base en su momento y bien lo demuestran sus 10 Guantes de Oro.

Por otro lado con su madero  terminó su carrera con números muy respetables. Un promedio de bateo de por vida de .300 y entre una larga lista de reconocimientos conectó más hits y carreras impulsadas en su carrera que los miembros del Salón de la Fama Joe Morgan y Ryne Sandberg. Y nadie debe olvidar sus galardones de Más Valioso en Juego de Estrellas y en series post-temporada.

Edgar Martínez o como le conocen muchos  “El Señor Mariner” , apodo con el que le bautizaron sus seguidores en el Estado de Washington,  tuvo una gran carrera con los Marineros de Seattle.

Con los Marineros, a quienes les  fue leal por 18 campañas y nunca vistió otro uniforme, es todavía hoy su lider de todos los tiempos en partidos jugados, turnos al bate, hits, carreras impulsadas, dobles y bases por bolas.

Obtuvo dos títulos de bateo, un sín número de ocasiones fue un Todo Estrella, una super post-temporada en el año 1995 y le dió una nueva definición de excelencia al rol de bateador designado. En sus días de jugador activo obtuvo en cinco ocasiones el premio del bateador designado del año en su circuito americano.

Fue su destreza en ese trabajo que hoy muchos le consideran el mejor bateador designado de todos los tiempos. Incluso el mismo béisbol organizado le dio su nombre para la perpetuidad a partir del 2005 a tal galardón.

Su persona es tan y tan querida en Seattle que si usted hoy va a comprar su boleto por el lado sur del estadio Safeco Field usted esta caminando por el Edgar Martinez Drive.

Para algunos su rol de bateador designado a tiempo completo será de discusión ya que si los sueños de Edgar se convierten en realidad  seria el primero en la historia en tal puesto en ser electo al Salón de la Fama.

En realidad no debería ver discusión alguna porque todavía hoy es el líder de todos los tiempos en promedio de bateo, jonrones y carreras empujadas en el rol de bateador designado a tiempo completo en la historia de la Liga Americana.

Más es uno de solo seis jugadores en la historia en cerrar su carrera con sobre .300 de promedio de bateo, sobre .400 de promedio en ocasiones en base, sobre .500 de promedio de slugging, sobre 300 cuadrangulares y sobre 500 dobles conectados.

En adelante, no importando las críticas que enfrentan hoy en día, los números ofensivos de Rafael Palmeiro y Sammy Sosa son de respeto y de elegibilidad casí inmediata al recinto de los gigantes. Al presente sí mira bien las estadísticas de Palmeiro es de buena pelea decir que es el mejor bateador latinoamericano que ha pasado por la gran carpa. Por otro lado, Sosa es el hombre que debe ser considerado como el Bambino latino y todas sus marcas deben ser de consideración.

Entre peloteros activos Iván Rodríguez y Omar Vizquel  deben ser futuros hall of famers. Como igual por sus proezas desde la lomita lo deben ser Pedro Martínez y Mariano Rivera.

Hay que esperar que decidirá el béisbol organizado sobre el asunto de los esteroides. Ese es el caso de Manny Ramírez y Alex Rodríguez quienes ambos tienen los números ofensivos para estar entre los inmortales del béisbol.

Por el momento, a esperar primero por Roberto Alomar y Edgar Martinez.

 

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