STAR SPOTLIGHT: Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez

When pitcher Orlando Hernandez joined the New York Yankees rotation in 1998, Major League Baseball fans soon discovered what fans in his native Cuba had known for more than a decade. The right-handed hurler nicknamed “El Duque” (The Duke) was a very special player. It wasn’t just his unorthodox and unforgettable delivery — a high leg kick that brought his bent knee next to his head — or the way he deceived batters with an array of pitches that made him stand out. Hernandez was simply a winner, an unflappable clutch performer both as a star in Cuba who won

By |May 8th, 2022|History, News|

Caribbean Series — Serie del Caribe — boasts a rich and prideful history

Cangrejeros de Santurce of Puerto Rico (at one point featuring future Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, top left, and Bob Gibson, top right) won Caribbean Series titles in 1951, 1953 and 1955. By Beto Villa and Robert Dominguez Unlike the World Series in the U.S. every October, the Caribbean Series — Serie del Caribe — is a true international tournament that each winter pits the top teams representing six Latin American countries to determine a champion after a round-robin set of six games.  Not to mention showcase a wealth of talent by players born outside the U.S. The tournament, which

By |January 24th, 2022|Caribbean Series, History, News|

SEE IT: Video tour of Roberto Clemente exhibit in Guaynabo, P.R. (Part I)

The Robert Clemente exhibit of historic artifacts, artwork and other memorabilia that opened in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, to much fanfare in late February was unfortunately shuttered until further notice after the coronavirus pandemic struck. Luckily, fans of the late Pittsburgh Pirates icon who missed the short window of opportunity to check it out can see what they're missing in this recent report below from ABC Puerto Rico's "Primetime." Check back on LatinoBaseball.com regularly for details on the exhibit's planned reopening this summer, and click here for a behind the scenes look at the Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh, which provided many

By |January 23rd, 2022|History, News, Videos|

SEE IT: Part II of virtual tour of Roberto Clemente Museum exhibit in Puerto Rico

For fans of the late Pittsburgh Pirates icon who missed the chance to visit the Robert Clemente exhibit of historic artifacts, artwork and other memorabilia that opened in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, see the video below for the second part of a recent report from ABC Puerto Rico’s “Primetime.” The exhibit opened to plenty of fanfare in late February but was unfortunately shuttered until further notice after the coronavirus pandemic struck. Click here for Part I of the "Primetime" feature that provides a behind-the-scenes tour of the items on display that cover the life and career of the Pittsburgh Pirates icon. Check back

By |January 21st, 2022|History, News, Videos|
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