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A long time ago, I remember that when I was going to write my annual column of the Boricuas in spring training, the list used to be a very long one.
It was not only quantity, but also quality.
They used to take a few pages. Most teams had at least one Puerto Rican on their 40-man roster, and most of them at the end of March were ready for the majors.
That was in the ’90s. Not anymore. This is 2010.
As spring training is just starting in Arizona and Florida, every baseball fan is abuzz over what’s to come in 2010.
In Dominican Republic–land of the Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, and Alex Rodriguez superstars of the world–most of their baseball followers are already cheering about their 197 quisqueyanos in the not so warm climate these days in the nation.
In Venezuela, they are counting on most of their 137 names making it to the bigs this year.
Of course, such names as Miguel Cabrera, Felix Hernandez, and Magglio Ordoñez are assured of their positions. However, they are waiting for other newcomers from their backyard to make it good this year.
Last year, I wrote a column called “Boricuas, Where Are You?” Unfortunately, sadly, and downheartedly, the title still pertains to this 2010 season.
In Puerto Rico, fans rave about Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Alomar, and Edgar Martinez. They rant and honor their national teams from the Olympic level to the one that compete every four years in the World Baseball Classic. What is happening?
For the country that stopped to watch Yadier Molina start in the All-Star Game, and where most baseball fans became Yankee fans just to follow Jorge Posada in last year’s World Series, there definitely something unexplainable happening.
The island is more worried nowadays about whether Carlos Delgado, Felipe Lopez, Kiko Calero, and Jose Molina will find major league jobs rather than the national unemployment news–if Carlos Beltran will be back healthy and if Mike Lowell will continue be a Red Sox, Then again, where is the talent going, or if the youth is really into baseball, where are they?
Most names probably as a fan you will recognize, but the list is short compared to ones of two decades ago.
This 2010 season, this is the list of Puerto Rican players at spring training this year. The list includes 40-man roster players and non-roster invitees.
Baltimore Orioles: IF Roberto Andino, OF Luis Montañez, 2B Miguel Abreu
Boston Red Sox: 3B Mike Lowell, P Fernando Cabrera, SS Angel Sanchez
Chicago White Sox: C Ramon Castro, OF Alexis Rios, P Saul Rivera
Kansas City Royals: 2B Mike Aviles, OF David DeJesus
Los Angeles Angels: P Joel Piñeiro
Minnesota Twins: C Jose Morales
New York Yankees: P Jonathan Albaladejo, P Javier Vazquez, C Jorge Posada, C Mike Rivera
Seattle Mariners: P Ian Snell
Toronto Blue Jays: DH Randy Ruiz
Atlanta Braves: C Orlando Mercado
Chicago Cubs: C Geovany Soto
Florida Marlins: SS Osvaldo Martinez, OF Mike Stanton
Houston Astros: SS Edwin Maysonet
Los Angeles Dodgers: SS Ivan DeJesus Jr.
Milwaukee Brewers: C Martin Maldonado
New York Mets: P Pedro Feliciano, P Nelson Figueroa, C Omir Santos, IF Alex Cora, OF Carlos Beltran, OF Angel Pagan, OF Jesus Feliciano
Philadelphia Phillies: P J.C. Romero
Pittsburgh Pirates: 3B Ramon Vazquez
St. Louis Cardinals: C Yadier Molina, 3B Ruben Gotay
San Francisco Giants: C Bengie Molina
Washington Nationals: C Ivan Rodriguez, P Luis Atilano, C Wil Nieves
Once “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:
Once 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:
“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
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
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
The 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:
SP: Bartolo Colón, Liván Hernández, Pedro Martínez, Johan Santana, Javier Vázquez
RP: Mariano Rivera
Every 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:
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
Cuba: Tony Oliva, .304
Dominican Republic: Albert Pujols, .334
Panama: Rod Carew, .328
Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente, .317
Venezuela: Magglio Ordoñez, .312
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
Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 585
Dominican Republic: Manny Ramirez, 531
Panama: Rod Carew, 445
Puerto Rico: Ivan Rodriguez, 547
Venezuela: Bobby Abreu, 483
Cuba: Tony Taylor, 86
Dominican Republic: Juan Samuel, 102
Panama: Rod Carew, 112
Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente 166
Venezuela: Luis Aparicio, 92
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
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
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
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
For 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.
No hay duda que el Todo-Estrella dominicano a obtenido una campaña de ensueño y una vez más no hay que poner a prueba que debe ser el hombre a ser escogido este año como Jugador Más Valioso de la Liga Nacional.
A estas fechas Pujols se encuentra entre lideres en alrededor de nueve categorias ofensivas y con buena oportunidad de obtener su primera corona de jonrones en su carrera.
Sí no fuese por la tan excelente campaña del inicialista de los Cardenales de San Luis a mi entender hubieran dado una buena carrera por ese galardón Adrian González de los Padres de San Diego, Hanley Ramírez de los Marlins de Florida y Pablo Sandoval de los Gigantes de San Francisco.
Por otro lado, en la Liga Americana sín hacer mucho ruido un candidato fuerte a su Más Valioso lo es Miguel Cabrera de los Tigres de Detroit.
El inicialista venezolano ha cargado practicamente la campaña entera con la ofensiva de un conjunto muchos criticos no los dieron para cualificar este año a las series post-temporada. Sí bien buscan las predicciones hechas atras en la primavera muchos entendian que esta temporada los Indios de Cleveland o los Medias Blancas de Chicago iban a dominar la División Central.
Al presente Cabrera esta entre lideres en cinco categorias ofensivas en el más joven de ambos circuitos.
Ademas de los antes mencionados, otros latinoamericanos se han destacado para bien esta campaña.
Vale la pena en estos momentos antes de que termine la temporada reconocer a todos los latinos que se destacaron con sus respectivas franquicias y aplaudir aquellos que hicieron bien su trabajo y ellos son:
Orioles de Baltimore: OF-Felix Pie
Medias Rojas de Boston: C-Victor Martínez; 3B-Mike Lowell
Medias Blancas de Chicago: 2B-Alexei Ramírez
Indios de Cleveland: 2B-Asdrubal Cabrera
Tigres de Detroit: 1B-Miguel Cabrera
Reales de Kansas City: 2B-Alberto Callapso
Angelinos de Los Angeles: 1B-Kendry Morales; IF-Erick Aybar; OF-Bobby Abreu;OF-Juan Rivera
Yankees de Nueva York: 2B-Robinson Cano; C-Jorge Posada; P-Mariano Rivera
Marineros de Seattle: OF-Franklin Gutierrez; P-Felix Hernández
Rays de Tampa Bay: 1B-Carlos Peña
Rangers de Texas: OF-Nelson Cruz
Azulejos de Toronto: SS-Marco Scutaro
Bravos de Atlanta: SS-Yunel Escobar; P-Javier Vázquez
Cachorros de Chicago: 3B-Aramis Ramírez
Rojos de Cincinnati: P-Francisco Cordero
Rockies de Colorado: P- Jorge de la Rosa; P-Ubaldo Jimenez
Marlins de Florida: SS-Hanley Ramírez: 3B-Jorge Cantu
Astros de Houston: OF-Carlos Lee; P-Wandy Rodríguez; SS-Miguel Tejada
Dodgers de Los Angeles; OF-Manny Ramírez
Cerveceros de Milwaukee: 2B-Felipe López; P-Yovani Gallardo
Mets de Nueva York: 2B-Luis Castillo; OF-Carlos Beltrán; OF-Angel Pagán; P-Johan Santana
Phillies de Philadelphia: 3B-Pedro Feliz
Cardenales de San Luis: 1B-Albert Pujols; C-Yadier Molina; P-Joel Piñeiro
Padres de San Diego: 1B-Adrian Gonzalez
Gigantes de San Francisco: 3B-Pablo Sandoval; C-Bengie Molina
Nacionales de Washington: SS-Cristian Guzmán
This 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
Since 1929 when the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians were the first major league clubs to wear uniform numbers, players have been marked forever by their jersey numbers.
In Yankee Stadium at Monument Park you can see all the famous numbers that have been immortalize by such names as Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, JoeDiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly and Reggie Jackson.
The most famous no. 8 ever in Baltimore Orioles history was Cal Ripken. In Boston the most notable no. 9 ever was Ted Williams. No fan in Philly have forgotten that no. 20 was property of Mike Schmidt.
In Pittsburgh never has been forgotten the no. 8 Willie Stargell and number 21 Roberto Clemente.
Every franchise has its own history. Every fan is loyal to their favorite player’s number. When I pitched in the little leagues I was no. 30 in honor of Nolan Ryan. When my pitching young days were over my jersey number was no. 8 in honor of Dickie Thon.
This is my list of numbers that have been immortalize by latinos in Major League Baseball history:
3-Alex Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners-Texas Rangers))
11-Luis Aparicio, Edgar Martinez, George Bell
13-Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees), Dave Concepcion, Omar Vizquel
18-Moises Alou, Omar Moreno
19-Juan Gonzalez, Bert Campaneris
20- Jorge Posada
21-Roberto Clemente, Sammy Sosa, Ruben Sierra, Carlos Delgado (New York Mets)
24-Tany Perez, Manny Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera
25-Jose Cruz, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Lowell, Carlos Delgado (Toronto Blue Jays)
27-Juan Marichal, Vladimir Guerrero
30-Orlando Cepeda, Dennis Martinez, Magglio Ordoñez
34-David Ortiz, Fernando Valenzuela
45-Pedro Martínez, Carlos Lee. John Candelaria
46-Tony Armas Sr.