MINNIE MIÑOSO “The Cuban Comet” Born: November 29, 1923 in Perico, Cuba Died: March 1, 2015 (age 91) Position: Outfielder, third baseman Bats: Right / Throws: Right Hall of Fame induction: 2022 Teams: Cleveland Indians (1949, 1951, 1958, 1959), Chicago White Sox (1951-1957, 1960-1961, 1964, 1976, 1980), St. Louis Cardinals (1962), Washington Senators (1963) MLB debut: 1949 A speedy, high-average hitting star with the Negro League’s New York Cubans, Orestes "Minnie" Miñoso made his MLB debut in 1949 with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first Afro-Latino player in the big leagues two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
TONY OLIVA "Tony-O" Born: July 20, 1938 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba Position: Outfielder Bats: Left / Throws: Right Hall of Fame induction: 2022 Team: Minnesota Twins, 15 years (1962-1976) MLB debut: September 9, 1962 Final game: September 29, 1976 A smooth-swinging, left-handed hitting machine and one of the first Cuban-born hitting stars in baseball’s post-integration era, Tony Oliva was a three-time American League batting champion and eight-time All-Star in a 15-year career with the Minnesota Twins. Oliva, who made his MLB debut in 1962, made a splash as a full-time player in 1964, when the 25-year-old right-fielder won the
DAVID ORTIZ "Big Papi" Born: November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Position: Designated Hitter Bats: Right / Throws: Right Hall of Fame induction: 2022 Teams: Minnesota Twins (6 years, 1997-2002), Boston Red Sox (14 years, 2003-2016) MLB debut: September 2, 1997 One of the most feared hitters of his generation, Ortiz’s 541 career home runs ranks 17th all-time list and his 1,768 RBI is 22nd all-time. Among designated hitters, he is the all-time leader in home runs (485), RBI (1,569), and hits (2,192). One of the greatest clutch hitters in history, Ortiz had 11 career walk-off home runs in the regular season and two
MARIANO RIVERA Closer Born: November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama Hall of Fame induction: 2019 Team: New York Yankees, 1995-2013 Hall of Fame plaque: "Set standard for relief pitchers with unprecedented consistency and efficiency as pillar of Yankees dynasty of the 1990s and 2000s. Devastating cut fastball frustrated batters, generating broken bats at a prolific rate. Saved record 652 games and compiled 2.21 career ERA, lowest for any pitched with at least 1,000 innings in live-ball era. Thirteen-time All-Star recorded 40 or more saves in nine seasons. Native of Panama pitched on five World Series winners, setting postseason records
EDGAR MARTINEZ Designated Hitter Born: January 2, 1963 in New York City, raised in Puerto Rico Bats: Right / Throws: Right Hall of Fame Induction: 2019 Team: Seattle Mariners 1987-2004 Hall of Fame plaque: "One of the game's best pure batsmen, defined designated hitter position with a precise batting eye and ability to consistently drive the ball to all fields. Became the third right-handed batter in history with as many as seven consecutive seasons with a .300 average, .400 on-base percentage, and .500 slugging percentage. Won two batting crowns and three on-base percentage titles, producing seven seasons with at least
VLADIMIR GUERRERO Right fielder Born: February 9, 1975 in Nizao, Dominican Republic Hall of Fame induction: 2018 Primary team: L.A./California Angels Hall of Fame plaque: “Dazzling five-tool talent from the Dominican Republic renowned for distinctive approach in batter’s box as well as aggressive style in the field and on the basepaths. Covered the plate with an attacking swing that produced a .318 career average and 449 home runs, reached 100-RBI mark 10 times and topped 30 homers eight times. Drove in 126 runs to earn 2004 A.L. most valuable player honors in first season with Angels after eight years as
IVAN RODRIGUEZ Catcher Born: Nov. 27, 1971 in Manatí, Puerto Rico Hall of Fame induction: 2017 Primary team: Texas Rangers Hall of Fame plaque: “A rugged do-it-all catcher whose powerful arm and consistent bat produced records at the plate and behind it. Hit .296 over 21 seasons, amassing more hits, doubles, and total bases than any other backstop. Caught 2,427 Major League games, most in history, and earned an unmatched 13 Gold Glove awards at the position. Renowned for his ability to nab would-be based stealers, leading the league a record nine times. Selected to 14 All-Star games and named
PEDRO MARTINEZ Pitcher Born: October 25, 1971 in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic Hall of Fame induction: 2015 Primary Team: Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame plaque: "Featuring an electric arsenal of pitches that vanquished batters during an era of high octane offense. The fiery righty from the Dominican Republic owned the inside part of the plate with an exploding fastball and confounding changeup. Led league in ERA five times and strikeouts three times en route to three Cy Young Awards and eight All-Star selections. The first pitcher to retire with 3,154 strikeouts in fewer than 3,000 innings. Won 219 games with