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Here Are 23 Badass Baseball Players To Watch This Season

Baseball is the great American pastime. Nothing beats stadium food, cold drinks and watching the home team take on the arch rivals. However, Latinos really make this sport one that so many people around the world enjoy. Here are some of the Latino players you should definitely be watching this season.

1. Marwin Gonzalez

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What better credentials than to be the reigning World Series champ? That’s what this Venezuelan outfielder is for the Houston Astros playing the outfield and also as a utility player. They might just repeat in 2018.

2. Jonathan Villar

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This young, up-and-coming, Dominican shortstop knows what it means to be in a winning team when he played for the Astros. Now with Milwaukee Brewers he expects to go all the way.

3. Marcell Ozuna

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The Big Bear, as he likes to be called, is entering into his six season in MLB with the St. Louis Cardinals. Playing out of left field, this Dominican from Santo Domingo has a respectable .276 career batting average in hopes of getting all the way to October.

4. Javier Baez

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The Puerto Rican boy wonder is having one of the hottest seasons in his young career. The past few years he was plagued by a lack of hitting potential, corrected now for 2018, and the Cubs are having high expectations to get to the World Series again.

5. Willson Contreras

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The Venezuelan catcher played a key role in Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016. In spite of his youth, he shows maturity in directing traffic from his field players. His bat has yet to start, but what it does… Watch it!

6. Julio Daniel Martinez

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JD, as we know him, hails from Miami, Florida, has been a key help for the Boston Red Sox in the start of the 2018 season. He plays right and left field and his bat and running skills are on fire.

7. Jean Segura

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A flashy shortstop if there ever was one, this young Dominican with the Seattle Mariners is showing great promises with his bat, and once on base he is a threat to rival catchers with his speed.

8. Giancarlo Stanton

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Yeah, his departure from Florida to the Yankees was booed by some, except New Yorkers! This Californian who did High School in Sherman Oaks is getting into his best aggressive mode ever. He needed the projection provided by the guys from the Bronx.

9. Jose Peraza

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Shortstop for the Reds, this Venezuelan can really fly the bases with his 80% effectiveness stealing. But also, his ability with the bat can bump into the next level with discipline and tenacity.

10. Carlos Gonzalez

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A respectable .287 batting average has this young Venezuelan steady with Colorado, due to his great scope from right field and over 200 HR. The Rockies are trusting he’ll make his breakthrough this season.

11. Jorge Bonifacio

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This very young man from the DR has a brother already in MLB which gave him the confidence to stride into big things with the KC Royals. His bat is showing signs of improvement as also his glove and arm off right field.

12. Martin Maldonado

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A solid catcher for the Anaheim A’s, he makes sure everything runs smooth for the So. California team in his second season there, after playing 6 seasons for the Brewers. His hitting suddenly took off in 2017, so there’s high hopes.

13. Yuli Gurriel

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Sure, he won the World Series in 2017 with the Astros, but this 33-yr old Cuban was just a rookie, as per US standards. He plays a crucial 1st base for the reigning champs. His bloodline has a lot of world class baseball from the island.

14. Ender Inciarte

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A strong center fielder from Venezuela, Ender is coming off a 2017 that saw him hitting over 200 hits for the Atlanta Braves. His career .293 batting average is enough to rate him a threat at home plate.

15. Jose Altuve

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Small in stature, HUGE in heart, this awe-inspiring Venezuelan was AL MVP last year when he led the Astros to an unforgettable World Series pennant. Beyond baseball, his heart shines with plenty of community outreach and a foundation for kids with cancer.

16. Jesus Aguilar

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Although he hasn’t played much this season for the Brewers, his batting average is way up there, just waiting for the right moment to shine again. He plays first base and has his best years still ahead.

17. Yadier Molina

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He’s the ultimate veteran on the Cardinal’s roster, but this Puerto Rican catcher shows no sign of slowing down. He commands the field from his vantage point, and is lauded by pitchers for his control of their game.

18. Yasiel Puig

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After a breakthrough debut in the summer of 2013, things sort of slowed down for this flamboyant Cuban from Cienfuegos. But experience has provided the necessary maturity for Yasiel to wait for the right pitch to put in the bleachers at Dodger Stadium in LA.

19. Aroldis Chapman

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Fireball. That’s all needed to describe the pitches from the flamethrower out of Cuba. He won it all with the Cubs in 2016, and returned to the Yankees where he still is the key closer in the final innings to seal the deal.

20. Gorkys Hernandez

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A solid left fielder out of Venezuela, he is batting pretty well for the SF Giants and is showing the promise that made him a viable prospect during his year of debut in 2012.

21. Francisco Lindor

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Another flashy shortstop from Puerto Rico, he almost made it to the top in 2016, but still has the eagerness to get back there. His high school years were spent in Florida, where MLB scouts found him.

22. Robinson Cano

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A seasoned veteran playing second base now for Seattle, he is widely known for his social awareness in the cities where he plays. He was one of the youngest players ever to reach the 1,500 hits plateau with the Yankees in his ninth season.

23. Juan Lagares

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He’s commanding LF for the Mets, coming from the Dominican Republic. Although his short career has been plagued by injuries, he shows progress in defending his team from rival runs with a great jump towards balls batted his way.

Attorney Argues That Soccer Player Ronaldinho Is ‘Stupid’ And Didn’t Know His Immigration Papers Were Fake

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Attorney Argues That Soccer Player Ronaldinho Is ‘Stupid’ And Didn’t Know His Immigration Papers Were Fake

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Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is accused of breaking immigration laws in Paraguay. The 2002 World Cup player was detained by authorities with his brother in Paraguay after they were found to be traveling with fake travel documents. However, authorities claim there is more to the story.

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is being accused of entering Paraguay with false travel documents.

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According to reports, Ronaldinho was arrested when he entered Paraguay with his brother. Ronaldinho and his brother are both accused of entering Paraguay with forged passports breaking Paraguayan law. The two Brazilians spent time in a maximum-security prison because of their non-compliance with Paraguay’s immigration laws.

One of Ronaldinho’s attorneys is trying to explain away the crime by claiming the soccer player was just “stupid.”

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Paraguayan judge Clara Ruiz ordered that the brother be put taken into custody because there was evidence that other crimes occurred separately from the fake passports. According to Daily Mail, the judge ordered for the brothers to remain in custody because of their crimes against Paraguay.

“There is a flight risk and there is a danger of obstruction. We are dealing with a foreigner who entered the country illegally and who remained in the country illegally,” judge Ruiz said, according to Daily Mail. “The prosecution considered he meets all the requirements. He will remain in preventative prison in the Specialised Unit.’

Ronaldinho’s attorneys insist that the brothers just don’t know what a real passport looks like.

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Another attorney for the brothers claimed the arrests are arbitrary, illegal, and abusive. The attorney even went a step further saying that the investigation into the crime, which could take six months, be dropped.

“They confessed that they used these false passports,” Sergio Queiroz, one of the attorneys representing the brothers told the press. “But there was no harm done to the Paraguayan state. Roberto and Ronaldinho did not know that the passports were irregular. And they cooperated fully with authorities.”

Ronaldinho, who hasn’t said much about his arrest, did tell his attorneys that the passports were given to him.

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According to Ronaldinho, the passports were given to him by someone asking them to travel to Paraguay for charity work. He was allegedly told that he was being asked to come to Paraguay to attend a conference organized by charities that work with disadvantaged children.

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Opens Up About Netflix’s Speculation Over The Football Player’s Sexuality

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Opens Up About Netflix’s Speculation Over The Football Player’s Sexuality

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“Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez” is a new Netflix docu-series that explores the life of late football player Aaron Hernandez. The docu-series has sparked a lot of controversy over how the director explored Hernandez’s sexuality. Now, his family members are finally speaking out.

Aaron Hernandez’s brother spoke with Dr. Oz about the documentary highlighting his brother’s brain injuries.

Jonathan Hernandez was asked to help with the Netflix docu-series but turned down the offer because he didn’t feel right about it. However, he does think some part of the docu-series are important.

“I think there’s so much tragedy within this and things that can be gained for other people’s benefit that the dollar amount was the least significant thing,” Jonathan told Dr. Oz. “It’s more so what was at hand and what can we collectively do so someone who is growing up isn’t in this situation in the near future or down the road.”

Aaron’s fiancée also opened up about the docu-series and the tragedy surrounding Aaron.

Shayanna Jenkins also confirms that Netflix approached her for the docu-series and offered her compensation but she didn’t want to participate. Instead, she wanted to keep moving forward with her life.

“If he did feel that way or if he felt the urge, I wish that I — I was told,” Jenkins told ABC. “And I wish that he — you know, he would’ve told me ’cause I wouldn’t — I would not have loved him any differently. I would have understood. It’s not shameful and I don’t think anybody should be ashamed of who they are inside, regardless of who they love. I think it’s a beautiful thing, I just wish I was able to tell him that.”

Fans of Aaron are upset with the docu-series and how they handled themselves in the making of the show.

A lot of the show talks about Aaron’s perceived sexuality and how it factored into his crimes. The docu-series has been criticized for bringing up a very sensitive subject when Aaron is not around to defend himself.

The obsession with his sexuality is really upsetting people.

There is nothing wrong with someone’s sexuality. However, to attach a sexuality to a person who is dead is a low blow.

Out of all the noise surrounding Aaron, one person is being praised for their resilience.

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What do you think about the docu-series about Aaron Hernandez and his life?

READ: New Investigative Report Reveals Aaron Hernandez’s Gay Relationship And His Erratic Behavior With NFL Players