The MLB's All Latino Decade Team: 2000's

Tony MenendezCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 10:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI single against Los Angeles in the eighth inning of Game Three of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Busch Stadium on October 10, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The 2000's are heading into history.

As in all sports, fans love to know the opinion of who were the best players of the decade.

As Barry Bonds was the man in the 1990's, this decade was all property of Albert Pujols.

For "El Hombre" from the St. Louis Cardinals, his offensive numbers did all the talking as he hit every year for at least a .300 average, 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in.

His success defensively as a first baseman and as a ball player off-the-field, it was a no-brainer was MLB Player of the Decade. Both The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated gave him this honor. 

Pujols was the king of the diamonds, but there were many other players who excelled throughout the decade as well.

As we are approaching the 2010’s, this is a good time to select the All-Decade Latino Team for the 2000’s.

Our MLB Latino Decade Team 2000-2009:
C-Jorge Posada
1B-Albert Pujols
2B-Placido Polanco
3B-Alex Rodriguez
SS-Miguel Tejada
OF-Carlos Beltran
OF-Vladimir Guerrero
OF-Manny Ramirez
SP: Bartolo Colon, Livan Hernandez, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Javier Vazquez
RP: Mariano Rivera