MLB's Best Latino Players Over the pLast 20 Seasons

Tony MenendezCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2009

ESPN is celebrating 20 years of covering Major League Baseball and the network asked fans to vote for their all-time team of the last 20 seasons.

At this moment, fans are being asked to pick the winners for each position.

Not surprisingly, winning names in this national poll have been Edgar Martinez as the top DH, Albert Pujols top first baseman, Ivan Rodriguez as top catcher, and Mariano Rivera as the top closer in the last 20 years.

All players from Latin America.

For the last 23 years I have been covering the Major League Baseball beat of the Puerto Rican and Latin American players, and over that time I have seen a bunch of great players.

I've also seen how appealing they are to their fans. I have seen how hall-of-famers Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Tany Perez, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, and Juan Marichal are perceived as never-gone heroes in the respective towns they played in in their hey-days.

Nowadays players like Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Manny Ramirez, Johan Santana, and many others are closely watched and being regarded as the No. 1 players of their respective franchises.

Quite different than ESPN’s SportsNation Poll, I will share whom I believe are the best Latino players over the last 20 years. Most possibly readers will have different opinions, but this is my own Latino All-Star team.

Catchers—Santos Alomar Jr., Javier Lopez, Jorge Posada, Ivan Rodriguez, Benito Santiago

First Base—Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Delgado, Andres Galarraga, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols

Second Base—Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Julio Franco

Third Base—Vinny Castilla, Mike Lowell, Alex Rodriguez

Shortstop—Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Miguel Tejada, Omar Vizquel

Outfielders—Bobby Abreu, Carlos Beltran, Jose Canseco, Juan Gonzalez, Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordoñez, Sammy Sosa, Bernie Williams

Pitchers—Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana

Closers—Mariano Rivera, Francisco Rodriguez

Designated Hitter—Edgar Martinez, David Ortiz

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