Monday, October 11, 2010

Latin Stars to Basebll Hall of Fame

Fernando Valenzuela, Andres Galarraga, Dennis Martinez, Luis Tiant, Edgar Martinez, Manny Sanguillen and Rico Carty are the seven new members of the Hall of Fame Baseball Latino. The announcement was made at a news conference at Yankee Stadium.

The seven will be inducted on February 12 at the headquarters of the Latino Hall of Fame in Casa de Campo La Romana in the Dominican Republic.

Will be the second ceremony in which Latin players are immortalized. The first group, who was inducted this year, was 24 and corresponded to those who are already in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, as Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal, Rod Carew and Luis Aparicio, among others.

Three of the seven new members are pitchers: Tiant Cuban, Mexican and Nicaraguan Martímez Valenzuela. Tiant won 229 games in a career in the majors that spanned between 1964 and 1982, Valenzuela was consecrated as the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young in the NL with the Dodgers in Los Angeles in 1980.

Dennis Martinez is the winningest Latin (245) in the majors and pitched a perfect game in 1991 as part of the Montreal Expos.

The Dominican Carty was the batting champion of the National League in 1970 with the Atlanta Braves. Galarraga was the first Venezuelan to win a batting title in 1993 with the Colorado Rockies. Edgar Martinez won two batting crowns in the 90's with the Seattle Mariners. The Puerto Rican was highlighted as one of the greatest switch-hitters of his era.

The Panamanian Sanguillen was a catcher who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 70's, twice winning the World Series.

In addition, the Veterans Committee chose the Cuban Adolfo Luque, the Mexican José Luis Gómez, Héctor López Panama, the Dominican and Venezuelan Horacio Martínez López Vidal. Venezuelan Black Oscar Prieto was selected in the category of promoters.

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