Texas Rangers Nelson Cruz among Best Latinos Ever in Postseason

Tony MenendezCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28:  Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers reacts after striking out in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Texas Ranger outfielder Nelson Cruz has not stopped his torrid hitting, and with not much hoopla, he set a new postseason record in Game 3 Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants.

Cruz's double in the second inning was his 12th extra-base hit of this postseason.

The Dominican Republic-born outfielder broke the mark of 11 extra-base hits, accomplished seven times, most recently the last one was by the New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez in 2009.

Cruz double also tied the doubles postseason record held by three other players, the most recent of whom was Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth in 2008.

Cruz among Latinos is expected, if he continues his present offense, to be selected as World Series MVP, if Texas wins the series.

For those history buffs, these are the Latino leaders in single postseason statistics:

Batting Average
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado, 2009, .588

Albert Pujols, St. Louis, 2004, 24

Nelson Cruz, Texas, 2010, 7
Mike Lowell, Boston, 2007, 7

Mariano Duncan, Philadelphia, 1993, 3

Home Runs
Carlos Beltran, Houston, 2004, 8

Runs Batted In
David Ortiz, Boston, 2004, 19
Sandy Alomar Jr., Cleveland, 1997, 19

Runs Scored
Carlos Beltran, Houston, 2004, 21

Slugging Percentage
Juan Gonzalez, Texas, 1996, 1.375

On-Base Percentage
Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2008, .660

Total Bases
Carlos Beltran, Houston, 2004, 47