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I was shocked to read the Baseball Analysts post today that there’s only one player born in the Dominican Republic in the Hall of Fame, Juan Marichal and he was inducted in 1983. It’s also notable that there are only five Latin players in the Hall of Fame: Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Luis Aparicio, and Tony Perez.
The post notes that the 2008 opening day rosters contained 22.1% of foreign born players. There are several notable Latin players that will be Hall eligible over the next ten years, likely including our own Pedro Martinez. I can’t see him playing much more than a couple more years. We’ll also have some statistically deserving but questionable players like Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmiero.