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All-Latino baseball team: The best all-time lineup of players born in Puerto Rico

USA TODAY
USA TODAY
 2021-09-24
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Roberto Clemente is considered the best player from Puerto Rico. AP

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, USA TODAY Sports put together All-Latino baseball lineups from throughout Latin America.

Puerto Rico is a rich history of producing major league ballplayers since the mid-1950s. But any discussion of Puerto Rico and MLB begins with the legendary Roberto Clemente.

More than 60 years after Clemente made his MLB debut, players from Puerto Rico still cite him as their inspiration. And what a tradition he's established — one that's heavy on great hitters and defenders (featuring five Hall of Famers), but a little light on pitchers.

LINKS: Dominican Republic | Venezuela | Cuba | Mexico | Panama | Rest of Latin America

Here are the players who made the team:

Catcher: Iván Rodríguez, 1991-2011 (Hall of Fame)

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Ivan Rodriguez won 13 Gold Gloves as a catcher and was a 14-time All-Star. Tony Gutierrez, AP

First base: Orlando Cepeda, 1958-74 (Hall of Fame)

Second base: Roberto Alomar, 1988-2004 (Hall of Fame)

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Roberto Alomar is a two-time World Series champion and a 10-time Gold Glove winner at second base. MARK DUNCAN, AP

Third base: Mike Lowell, 1998-2010

Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, 2015-present

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Francisco Lindor is a four-time All-Star currently with the New York Mets. John Jones, USA TODAY Sports

Outfield: Roberto Clemente, 1955-72 (Hall of Fame)

Outfield: Carlos Beltrán 1998-2017

Outfield: Juan González, 1989-2005

Designated hitter: Carlos Delgado, 1993-2009

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Carlos Delgado hit 473 home runs in 17 seasons, mostly with the Toronto Blue Jays. NICK WASS, AP

Utility: Kiké Hernández, 2014-present

Starting pitcher: Javier Vázquez, 1998-2011

Starting pitcher: Juan Pizarro, 1957-74

Starting pitcher: Jaime Navarro, 1989-2000

Relief pitcher: Roberto Hernández, 1991-2007

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