ICON: Benito Santiago

He wasn’t known for his prowess at the plate, but Benito Santiago didn’t need to be. The Puerto Rico-born catcher enjoyed a 20-year career in the majors on the strength of his skills behind the plate — especially his ability to throw out would-be base thieves. Santiago made his MLB debut in 1986 with the San Diego Padres and quickly established himself as one of the top young catchers in the league due mostly to his defense. At 22, he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1987 (18 HR, 79 RBI .300), becoming the first NL

By |April 21st, 2023|History, News|

5 MLB players to watch in 2023

Ah spring, when a young player’s fancy turns to proving himself on the field all over again. As the 2023 season gears up for opening day on March 30, here are five players facing pivotal moments in their careers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres The flashy San Diego shortstop was well on his way to superstardom two seasons ago with a winning combination of generational talent — a National League-leading 42 homers in 2021 at just 22 years old — and loads of flair. Then came a PED-related suspension that not only wiped out Tatis’ 2022 season, it ruined his image.

By |March 28th, 2023|News|

Top 5 moments of a classic World Baseball Classic

A classic World Baseball Classic climaxed with a classic baseball moment. In the ninth inning of the final game with the 2023 WBC championship on the line, two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani was on the mound trying to seal a 3-2 win for his native Japan against the Major Leagues’ best hitter in Mike Trout. The fact that they’ve been Los Angeles Angels teammates for the past five seasons wasn’t lost on the millions of fans tuned to the game. Trout struck out on a nasty 3-2 slider after a steady diet of 100 mph fastballs, handing Japan the WBC title

By |March 27th, 2023|News|

ICON: Dennis Martinez

Most baseball fans fondly recall pitcher Dennis Martinez as a solid, if unspectacular starter long overshadowed by big-name aces in Baltimore (Jim Palmer, MIke Flanagan and Scott McGregor among them). But even though Martinez was never considered a No. 1, any team would have been happy to have a pitcher who finished a 23-year career at age 44 with 245 wins, a respectable 3.70 ERA, 30 shutouts, four All-Star game appearances and a World Series ring in 1983 with the Orioles. The 245 wins by the Nicaragua native for the Orioles, Expos, Indians, Braves and Mariners stood for 20 years

By |March 21st, 2023|History, News|

STAR SPOTLIGHT: Sandy Alcantara, 2022 NL Cy Young winner

Miami Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara has a losing career record, plays for a perennial bad team, and few baseball fans outside of Florida can pick him out of a lineup. Yet for the past few seasons, the Dominican Republic-born righty has been considered one of the best pitchers on baseball. Alcantara finally put together the season Miami — and the MLB — have been waiting for. In 2022, he went 14-9 with a stellar 2.28 ERA — the National League now uses the DH, remember — and a league-leading 228.2 innings pitched. Not to mention hurling six complete games, a

By |March 21st, 2023|History, News|

ICON: Bernie Williams

There may have been bigger names in the New York Yankees’ lineups of the late 1990s dynasty, but those four World Series rings in five years wouldn’t have happened without Bernie Williams, the Bombers’ switch-hitting, smooth fielding centerfielder. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Williams began his Yankees career in 1991 at 22 years old and became a regular two years later as he led the charge of young players finally being given a chance to prove themselves in the Majors with an organization hardly known for its patience in developing young talent. He established himself as one of the

By |March 13th, 2023|History, News|

ICON: 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 |March 6th, 2023|History, News|


After weeks of speculation — and Mets fans dreaming of the team’s first World Series win since 1986 — Carlos Correa didn’t end up going to New York after all. The star shortstop instead returned to the Twins on Jan. 11, 2002, on a six-year deal worth $200 million. It’s a far cry from the Mets’ 12-year, $315 million mega-contract offer that was pulled back due to concerns over Correa’s surgically repaired ankle. But no one should feel sorry for Correa, who will still earn upwards of $33 million a year in Minnesota, where he hit .291 with 22 HR

By |March 5th, 2023|History, News|
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