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Everyone Should Know About These Latino MLB Legends

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People spend a lot of time talking about the greats of baseball. Yet, there isn’t too much talk about the Latino MLB legends who really made the game something to enjoy. Major League Baseball (MLB) was founded in 1869 and since then there have been so many great player to totally rock the game. The game has been around so long that it makes sense that Latinos have not only infiltrated, but elevated the amazing sport of beisbol. Here are a few rockstar baseball players that made the sport what it is.

1. Roberto Clemente

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No one, Latino or not, has been a greater presence than legendary star Roberto Clemente. His legacy is of such caliber that an important annual humanitarian award presented by MLB bears his name. From humble beginnings in Puerto Rico to major stardom on and off the field, Clemente’s career was full of wonderful moments. Playing a total of 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he became selected to the All-Star Game a whopping 12 times, while being crowned batting champion 4 times. Defensively, he had a bazooka for a throwing arm.

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Considering that a homerun is the grandest of all plays, Clemente had the only inside the park grand slam in MLB history in 1956. Perhaps what most non-sports people remember about Clemente was his heart, always inclined to charity and good deeds. It was precisely during a humanitarian effort trip to earthquake ravaged Nicaragua on New Years’ Eve 1972, that Clemente found an untimely death when the plane he had chartered crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff. But his memory and huge heart live on to this very day.

2. Juan Marichal

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Not a karate or martial arts star, but rather a mean intended hurler like few, Juan Marichal was an ace on the mound for the San Francisco Giants in the 60s and 70s. His powerful and intimidating leg kick, unseen before his arrival in MLB, had a definite impact on opposing batters. He once pitched 16 consecutive innings in one game dubbed “The Greatest Pitching Match Ever”, winning the contest with a Willie Mays homerun in the 16th. He had a few not so notorious incidents, like striking a rival catcher with his bat that led to an almost 20-minute brawl on the diamond. Quite a character!

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One of his managers with the Giants once described his pitching ability as, “just put us ahead one run late in the game, and he’s the greatest pitcher ever”. Native of the Dominican Republic, he signed with the Giants in summer of 1960 and immediately showed the world what he was made of, throwing a complete shutout game in his debut. Rivals always commended him for his laser-like accuracy and uncanny ability to conceal his pitch until it was well on its way – normally to the strike zone before batters could figure him out. He only played in one World Series game and was sometimes overshadowed by the great pitchers of the 60s. Nonetheless, he was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1983. Well done, young man!

3. Rod Carew

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If there were an outstanding Latino player ever, it would have to be Rod Carew, the Panamanian phenom who took MLB by storm in the 60s, 70s and into the 80s. A long career highlighted by the fact he made the All-Star Game every single season, but his last. Speedy, slick and intuitive, he stole home plate a whopping seven times in 1969. Though he was never a threat for the long ball, his consistency at the plate earned him a batting championship with the Minnesota Twins in 1972.

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Different circumstances forced the retirement of this legend in 1985, including a collusion by team owner to not pick up his contract after being let go by the Anaheim Angels. MLB later compensated him financially for the ordeal. He’s a member of the very exclusive 3,000 hit club, a lifetime .328 batter, and a perennial All-Star.

4. Orlando Cepeda

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His humble beginnings in Puerto Rico were no impediment to get this amazing player into MLB. He played with several teams along his 17-year career, even winning it all with the Cards’ in 1967, same year he was named NLs Most Valuable Player. In total, he appeared in 3 World Series and became the first Puerto Rican to start an All-Star game.

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After retirement, his record was scarred with a drug conviction when returning from teaching a hitting clinic in Colombia with marijuana hidden in his clothing. After serving his sentence, the SF Giants offered him a position in their organization, eventually becoming Goodwill Ambassador for the franchise throughout Latin America. When his opportunities for induction in the Hall of Fame were running out, a group of former Puerto Rican players started rallying for him, finally being enshrined in Cooperstown in 1999.

5. Fernando Valenzuela

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One would think there’s nothing coming out of the dusty plains in the tiny village of Etchohuaquila, outside small town Navojoa, in Sonora, Mexico. But from there came a young man who took MLB by storm in 1980, Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela, who became an impressive media phenom desperately needed by a league undergoing a major hiccup when struggles between management and the Players’ Union caused a strike in the middle of the season, and many fans showed their dislike shunning the stands.

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Valenzuela had a short career, in part because of the strains put on his throwing arm while hurling his trademark “screwball” that left batters puzzled at the plate. Another of his features was his skyward glance when winding up, later emulated by Tim Robbins in the movie “Bull Durham”. With the Dodgers he won the 1981 World Series and led the Majors in wins (1986), strikeouts (1981) and tossed a no-hitter in 1990. Currently, he’s the Spanish radio color commentator for the LA Dodgers.

6. Luis Tiant

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Impossible not to notice those furry whiskers on super legend Luis Tiant, a formidable lefty pitcher originally from Cuba who made his prowess in MLB for a good 19 years, mainly with Cleveland and Boston. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997, although he never got enough votes for Cooperstown. After a convincing start in his career, Tiant suffered an injury in his throwing arm forcing him to make a seemingly minor adjustment in the windup, but enough to have batters wondering what had just zipped by them. He led the Majors with a 1.60 ERA (earned run average, per every nine innings), amazing!

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After an injury that many thought would finish his ball playing years, Tiant rebounded with the Red Sox in 1971, with whom he started game 1 of the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. He won 2 games in that WS, plus went no-decision in game 7. That World Series was special for Tiant since his parents were in the stands at Fenway; he had not seen them in 14 years since the US and Cuba broke diplomatic relations in the early 60s. Nowadays, he’s a friendly ambassador for the sport. So, if you smell the distinctive aroma of a premium cigar, and find it attached to a huge mustache, say hello to Luis Tiant!

7. El Duque

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Another Cuban flamethrower, Orlando Hernandez took MLB aback with his swashbuckling pitching style that was a key component of the Yankees’ 3 consecutive World Series titles ending the 90s. He won an additional ring in 2005 with the White Sox. He came to the USA in a raft following his half-brother, Livan, already a star in MLB. But his way here was lined with incidents arranged by New York to avoid being drafted thus securing his signing for the Yankees. His high leg kick and menacing Eephus pitch, an extremely slow throw that humiliates batters not expecting it.

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His best years were with the Yankees, starting 4 straight WS. But he was traded to Montreal for the 2003 season, although he never played with the Canadian team due to surgery in his throwing shoulder. Eventually, he was resigned by New York in 2004 and made it to the LCS, before losing to the Boston Red Sox, which ended an extended drought winning it all that year. In 2005, with Chicago, El Duque helped the so-called “second team, second city” finish their WS dry spell since 1917 by sweeping the Houston Astros. He played – both in the majors and minors – with a handful of teams before calling it quits definitely in 2011.

8. Bobby Alomar

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Born into a baseball Family – his dad was Sandy Alomar, an All-Star during the 60s – Bobby has only one way to go in life, MLB. Raised mostly by his mother since dad was always in the majors, Roberto, his given name, was signed by the San Diego Padres at 17 and became part of their major team roster a year later. His ability as a second baseman was determined by great lateral quickness and powerful arm. He batted both ways and threw right. After a couple of seasons in the California sunshine, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays where he won to consecutive WS rings in 1992-93.

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Although a stellar career, Alomar’s legacy was marred by an altercation in 1996 with umpire John Hirschbeck, where he clearly spit into the official’s face. Things didn’t end there, with Alomar stating on the record that the umpire had made a racial slur to him and was bitter for tragic deaths in his family, with Hirschbeck needing to be restrained in the locker room that day to avoid going after Bobby. Fortunately, they settled their differences and are great friends today. Alomar was inducted in the MLB Hall of Fame in 2011, in his second year of eligibility. He was the first Blue Jay ever enshrined in Cooperstown. He has also been named to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. He resides in Toronto.

9. Sammy Sosa

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It was 1998 and Cubs’ outfielder Sammy Sosa was in his prime as MLB recorded one of its most exciting seasons ever, highlighted by the intense race for beating the single-season homerun mark between Sosa and Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals. Sosa is the only player in history to have hit over 60 homeruns in three different seasons. Of course, now we know that those days were laced with PEDs, or performance enhancing drugs, but, boy they were thrilling! Sosa debuted in the majors with crosstown rivals White Sox, but he left his mark with the Cubs.

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Feared by rival managers and pitchers, he was walked more than any player of his time, robbing him of precious at bats that would’ve enhanced his chances to hit one out of the park. He didn’t start out as a power hitter, in fact, in his first seasons he was anything but. A concentrated effort led to his formation as a strong batter and then add to that his speed around the diamond. He became the Cubs’ first 30-30 player, hitting 30 HRs and stealing 30 bases in 1993. Sosa’s career started to decline after the odd sneezing injury that almost snapped his back while talking to reporters in May, 2004. Unfortunately for him, the PED incident has almost reduced his Hall of Fame chances to nothing, although he still gets more than 5% of the votes each year, enough to avoid being left out of the ballots.

10. Tony Perez

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Atanacio “Tany” Perez (later anglicized into “Tony”) earned two World Series’ rings in a wonderful career over 24 seasons, adding one more as coach. Alongside legends Pete Rose and Johnny Bench he formed the backbone of the feared Cincinnati Reds, known in their heyday as the “Big Red Machine”. Born in Cuba, he was only 17 as he signed his first pro contract in 1960 for a whopping $2.50, because the rest of the signing bonus was for his visa and plane ticket to Miami. The Cuban situation at the time was shaky as Castro was turning into a ruthless dictator, almost ending Perez’ career when he had difficulties getting out of the island in 1962.

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Finally, in the summer of 1964 he started in a doubleheader against the Pirates, with no luck at bat. Until the following day he batted his first hit, a double, scoring after a teammate doubled, and also registered his first RBI. Playing first base his initial years, he was switched to 3rd and eventually was selected to the All-Star game in 1967, becoming the game’s MVP after hitting the winning HR in the 15th inning of a dramatic 2-1 win for the National League. With Perez, the Reds went to the WS 4 times in 7 years. He was traded to the Expos after the 1976 season. His manager, Sparky Anderson also a legend, is quoted as saying, “Perez was the leader, and heart and soul of that team”. He was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2000.

11. Pedro Martinez

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Not many have dominated MLB from the pitcher’s mound than Dominican born Pedro Martinez. Hall of Famer in his first try in 2015, Martinez was a feared, powerful thrower, extremely unusual for someone his size, a mere 5-10, although some question this stat. Boston enjoyed the best years of Martinez’ career, being instrumental in overcoming the Red Sox’s lengthy drought after winning the WS in 2004. Martinez’ domination came at a time when PEDs were making it more and more difficult to pitch to juiced up batters, and he not only did it in the American League, but also in the National. He’s one of only two players in history to win the Cy Young award for best pitcher in both leagues. Wow!

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Possessing control beyond imaginable, his artistry painting the corners left batters powerless against a seemingly weak foe. His older brother Ramon played for the LA Dodgers and vouched with manager Tommy Lasorda to bring his kid bro along. But skinny and small, Pedro didn’t impress the skipper that much. Traded to the Montreal Expos, he really flourished into a killer fastball thrower on the advice from manager Felipe Alou to modify his grip, turning an already speedy pitch, into a laser-like dart. Pedro’s years of glory came with the Red Sox, for whom he played from 1998-2009, winning the WS in 2004, after which he signed as free agent with the NY Mets of the National League. He retired from baseball in 2010, after, he says, “discovering what it means to have a normal life”. He is currently working as baseball analyst for MLB TV.

12. Mariano Rivera

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Still not eligible to be in the Hall of Fame doesn’t hold back many people’s claims about where Mariano Rivera is headed. This man from Panama defined the role of a closing pitching as a weapon in modern day baseball. This man basically holds all records for a relief pitcher, including saves and games finished. Signing as a teenager with the Yankees, Rivera began as a starter, then evolved into relief roles when it was discovered he had a 90+ mph cut fastball that shattered rival bats often. His presence helped the Yankees in their dominance during the late 90s and early aughts.

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His discipline and tenacity endured for 19 seasons with NYY, a rarity among the reliever role in MLB. The smoothness of his delivery defies all notions of the ruthless power displayed once the ball is on its way to target. His social side also was prominently displayed through his charitable actions from the Mariano Rivera Foundation, always taking a step behind while showcasing the needy, never himself. He became the last player in history to regularly use “42” on his uniform; the number was retired totally from MLB in honor of Jackie Robinson. With or without a number, he’s definitely “Numero Uno” on many lists!


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Latinas Are Sharing What Their Eyebrows Tragically Looked Like When They First Tried Anastasia Dipbrow

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Latinas Are Sharing What Their Eyebrows Tragically Looked Like When They First Tried Anastasia Dipbrow

We all know that eyebrows trends are cyclical. For every decade that there’s a pluck-everything-out-and-sharpie-it-on trend, there’s another that’s all about the au naturel “Blue Lagoon” look. For example, back in the 90s, the look du jour was pencil-thin arches that Latinas like Christina Aguilera and Cameron Diaz favored. But as the 2000s wore on and celebs like the Kardashians and Cara Delevigne grew in popularity, it was no longer the style to have barely-there brows. Instead, the fashion was big, bold, and bushy. And for those of us who were not naturally blessed with bushy brows, the only option was to march our butts into Sephora and invest in some Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Dip Prow Pomade. 

Anyone who’s tried ABH’s infamous Dip Brow Pomade knows that it takes a light touch to skillfully apply the makeup and avoid looking like Oscar The Grouch. With this particular brow pomade, a little goes a long way. But when you’re scrolling through Instagram for hours and seeing all of the Baddie Influencers in all their brow-licious glory, it can be easy to get carried away with your spoolie and angle brush. Hence, the over-filled brow trend was born. 

Naturally, with the advent of social media, all of our embarrassing eyebrow-related missteps are now documented publicly for the world to see forever. 

Recently, Twitter celeb @cakefacecutie posted an all-too accurate Tweet about the way her eyebrows used to look.

The tweet referenced the aforementioned Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Prow Pomade that had virtually taken over Instagram a mere few years ago. While the rest of us were trying to forget the brick-like ombre eyebrows that looked like they’d been tattooed onto people’s faces, @cakefacecutie was reminiscing about the good ol’ days.

Who knows how the over-drawn brow look started? A more natural-looking brow has come back into style since then, rendering the “Baddie” eyebrow look obsolete and embarrassing. But at the time, it had taken over the makeup world’s aesthetic pretty quickly and with a vengeance. We all knew that girl (or were that girl) who was walking around with perma-RBF because her brows were penciled into a terrifying scowl. 

Obviously, @cakefacecutie’s tweet struck a chord, because soon her followers were sharing their own personal stories of their eyebrow evolution.

It seemed as if Twitter users were practically jumping at the chance to chime in with their makeup horror stories. 

Even this girl’s cat was side-eyeing her questionable eyebrow decisions. 

Of course, there were more than a few Latinas who shared their pics of their too-thick fake dark brows.

Let’s be honest: Latinas have never really been able to resist a thick brow (we’re looking at you, Frida!)

Back in the day, it seems as if no one was immune to the shiny allure of the dip-prow pomade!

As we said before, we blame the trend on the emergence of Cara Delevigne as Tumblr’s new It girl. We all wanted bold brows and if we had to resort to Sephora to get them, then that was just the risk we were willing to take. 

How could we forget the concealer-under-the-brow look?

Of course, an over-done eyebrow look wouldn’t be complete without “carving out” your eyebrows with a too-light concealer to really define the look with sharp edges. Because heaven forbid one hair is out of place.

As more and more people added their memories to the Twitter thread, the photos became funnier and funnier.

Maybe the Universe allows bad brow trends to happen so we can laugh about it years later on Twitter? Just a thought.

Some people’s pictures honestly looked like they were joking, the photos were so over-the-top:

There’s something about eyebrow trends that makes people go blind to the oddity of what they’re doing to their faces. And so many of us were walking around like this without anyone stopping us. Let’s be honest: friends don’t let friends overfill their brows with ABH Eyebrow Pomade. 

Unfortunately, because of the way fashion works, we’re sure that we’re currently indulging in some sort of trend that will make us look back and cringe in years to come. Maybe it’s our beloved high-waisted jeans, or the drawn-on freckles, or the resurgence of the 90s face-framing tendrils. But, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all be roasting ourselves on Twitter for thinking we looked good.

This Latina Got A Text From Her Ex Right Before His Wedding Day And Twitter Is Wrecked

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This Latina Got A Text From Her Ex Right Before His Wedding Day And Twitter Is Wrecked

What would you do if an ex of yours were to hit you up out of the blue? To some it might not be a big deal, to others, it might be a little weird, and to many, it might just be a little random.  

Added plot twist: what would you do if an ex of yours were to hit you up right before his wedding day? What are you supposed to do in a situation like that? Alexa, play “Someone Like You” by Adele. 

Last week, Twitter user Alexsa Sanchez Aquilar tweeted out a text she received from an ex right before his wedding day.

Yup, you heard that right.

In a post to her Twitter feed, Sanchez Aquilar shared that her ex texted after out of the blue. The day before his wedding.  the “I’m getting married tomorrow. I wanted to send you this message. (My fiance knows I’m sending this to you) Thank you for being my first love. Thank you for always encouraging me, thank you for keeping me out of trouble, thank you for the times you took care of me when I was sick, and depressed. Thank you for loving me. If you haven’t already I hope you one day find love,” the message says.

While the woman who shared the tweet didn’t say much when sharing the initial screenshot beside “i–i’m speechless” –– other people on Twitter had a lot of mixed reactions as the tweet quickly went viral.

The really long message from her ex goes on to say, “If you loved me that much when we were young I can only imagine how strong people and powerful your love is now. The way your heart is made it’s amazing. I know we were only kids when we dated but you taught me what love is. To the man who is lucky enough to have you as their wife I hope he treats you with care, I hope he knows who he has in front of him, I hope he shows you love and loyalty every day. You deserve that and more.”

“My point in all of this is, you are the reason why I know how to love someone. You taught me love, you taught me how to deal with my anger, how to deal with my depression and how to live life to the fullest and I’m grateful for you. I wish you love and happiness.”

BuzzFeed, who first wrote about the viral tweet, also reached out to Aguilar for comment. “At first, I didn’t know what to say. I started crying when I read the text –– it warmed my heart that I helped him be a better version of himself.”

But of course, many didn’t share Aguilar’s sentiment had questions about why the ex felt the need to send her a text the day before his wedding?

Like, should Aguilar have been like “congratulations, but are you sure about getting married?”

While some understood where @masonrain_ was coming from, they felt that perhaps the ex-boyfriend was simply reflecting and expressing his gratitude toward Aquilar –– even if the timing felt a bit sketchy.

But @masonrain_  flat out thought it was disrespectful to both Aguilar and the fiancé. It got people thinking and arguing about whether you’d be a little thrown off if your partner told you that they’d be reaching out to their ex the day before your wedding?

Ultimately, many Twitter users disputed these sentiments and arguments pointing out that in a lot of cases, breakups and past relationship make can make us stronger and that reflecting on them and growing from those mistakes is a good thing.

Plus, while some relationship may have ended badly –– you don’t always have to hold on to resentment or residual feelings of animosity for the rest of your life.

It sounds like Aguilar and her ex-boo went through a lot during their time together as a young couple, and it sounds like they look back at it fondly rather than negatively.

For one, Aguilar tells BuzzFeed that the texts weren’t weird at all –– despite everybody else’s two cents about the situation. She tells BuzzFeed that she and her ex had helped each other through difficult times. “We helped each other heal, I feel like no matter what happens, he and I will forever have respect towards each other,” she said.

Like Aguilar said we can all benefit from a broken heart and allow ourselves to see why a relationship might not have worked out and chalk it up it as a lesson learned.

I wanted to show that just because things don’t work out with someone, that doesn’t mean you should have hate towards them,” Aguilar said. “Regardless of everything, you were meant to be a part of that person’s life, and them, yours.”

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