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Latinos Are Growing In The MLB And These Players Are Dominating The Season

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Baseball is one of the most diverse sports leagues and Latinos currently make up almost 29 percent of the league. So, it’s no surprise how many talented players are represented within the Latino players dominating America’s favorite pastime. Here are some of the Latino players making waves this season and making their names known across the major league.

1. Nolan Arenado

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Arenado is turning heads and making his case for best 3rd baseman in baseball. The 27-year-old star’s parents are of Cuban and Puerto Rican nationality and has quickly become one of baseballs biggest stars. His stats this year  prove his career is just taking off at the right time. 

2. Kenley Jansen

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Born in Curaçaoa, Kenley Jansen is one of the premier pitchers in baseball and has steadily improved every year since his major league debut in 2010. Jansen will be key for the Dodgers if they want to make a return to the World Series.

3. Wilson Contreras

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The Venezuelan catcher is a big reason the Chicago Cubs are leading their division. Contreras is playing in his second major league season and has shown he has a big career ahead of him. He struggled his first season putting up offensive numbers but this year he’s turned it around. 

4. J.D. Martinez

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The big offseason acquisition for the Boston Red Sox has payed off quickly as J.D Martinez is having arguably the best season of his career. I think It’s safe to say Martinez is just getting started with his hot bat this season. 

5. Jean Segura

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Jean Segura had to wait five years to make another All-Star appearance but with his performance this season he has more than earned the honor. It wasn’t easy for Segura either, as the Puerto-Rican shortstop was part of the final-vote contest where fans voted in the last player on each All-Star team.

6. Nelson Cruz

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Nelson Cruz is one of the most feared hitters in baseball because of his homerun power and this season is no different. The Dominican Republic outfielder has had an amazing season. 

7. Jose Altuve

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The star shortstop for the World Champion Houston Astros hasn’t missed a beat this year as he has put up another All-Star season. The inspiring Venezuelan was AL MVP last year might not be the tallest player but he surely has the biggest heart.

8. Jesus Aguilar

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The Venezuelan slugger is making his name known across the major leagues as he has put a stellar offensive season so far. Aguilar won the NL Final Vote to make his first All-Star team this year and is deserving of the honor. He slugged 24 homeruns and 70 RBI’s in the first half of the season and is poised to have an even stronger finish.

9. Javier Báez

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Javier Baez was a key member of the 2016 Chicago Cubs team that won a World Series and has since turned himself into one of the premier players in all of baseball. Baez, who was born in Puerto Rico, was the starting shortstop for the All-Star game for the second year in a row. 

10. Yadier Molina

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Molina has been one of the best catchers in baseball for over a decade and this season has been no different. Molina has been an All-Star for nine seasons and is constantly regarded as one of the smartest players in the league. The Puerto Rican catcher has put up strong numbers this season again as he enters his 14th season in baseball.

11. Ozzie Albies

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You’ve probably never heard of Ozzie Albies before and that’s due to him starting the season in the minor leagues. Fast forward a few months later and he has become on the fastest rising stars in all of baseball. The 21-year-old second baseman from Curaçaoa had 20 homeruns and 55 RBI’s in just 3 months in the major leagues.

12. Salvador Perez

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The Venezuelan native has commanded respect from across the major leagues for his strong bat and his voice in the locker room for over five seasons. This year is no different as Perez has put up another strong season as the starting catcher of the Kansas City Royals. 

13. Manny Machado

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The Baltimore Orioles third baseman has arguably had the best year of his career this season. He made his fourth All-Star game this year and did this amid rumors he would be traded to another team. 

14. Jose Ramirez

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Jose Ramirez is coming off a breakout season and it has carried over to 2018. The Dominican star made his second All-Star team and is set to hit career highs this season. Ramirez will be a key part of the Cleveland Indians success this season if they are to return to the playoffs once again. 

15. Francisco Lindor

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Few players are as cool and clutch as Francisco Lindor yet the Cleveland Indians shortstop is just getting his career started. The 24-year-old shortstop is one of the brightest players in baseball due to his hustle and strong bat. The Puerto Rican native made his mark on the league and will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

16. George Springer

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He was a big contributor to the Houston Astros last season as they captured their first world title and has helped put his team in a good position to repeat. He won the World Series MVP and captured a Silver Slugger award for his great season last year and the Puerto Rican native has continued that success. He played in his second All-Star game this year due to his hot bat. 

17. Luis Severino

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Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Luis Severino has lived up to the hype since his debut back in 2015. The starting pitcher is already being regarded as one of the best young talents in the game due to his fastball and good curveball. Keep your eyes on this young stud, there is no telling how good he can be this season. 

18. Aroldis Chapman

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Aroldis Chapman, also nicknamed the Cuban Missle, is the last guy you want to face at the end of the game due to his fastball which constantly hits 100 MPH. Chapman has quickly become one of the best relievers in baseball and will be appearing in his fifth All-Star game this season. He is third in the American League with 26 saves and is putting up another great season. 

19. Eugenio Suarez

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This has been a breakout season for the Cincinnati Reds shortstop as he made his first All-Star game this season. The Venezuelan star came out of nowhere this year for the Reds and has put up some of the best numbers on his team. 

20. Edwin Diaz

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The closer for the Seattle Mariners has become a force to be reckoned with. Diaz, who is from Puerto Rico, might not be a household name but he has been a big reason why the Mariners are poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.


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This List Of 17 Celebrities That You Didn’t Know Were Latino Will Leave You Wondering How You Didn’t Know

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This List Of 17 Celebrities That You Didn’t Know Were Latino Will Leave You Wondering How You Didn’t Know

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We’ve all done it. You meet someone new, take one good look at them and ask (almost rhetorically): “So, where are you from?” Often we expect faces to match exotic countries around the world, but frequently the response, complemented with a puzzled expression, is something like: “Oh, umm Michigan…”

But Latinos come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, We can be white and blonde gueros, we can be black, and every color in between. We are gay, Muslim, Asian, Jewish, Indigenous, and so much more.

Here are 32 Latino celebrities that you probably didn’t know are, in fact, Latino.

1. Nicole Richie

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You likely know Nicole Richie as Lionel Richie’s daughter and from “The Simple Life” with bestie Paris Hilton. Nicole was actually adopted by Lionel and her biological family has Mexican ancestry.

I mean people really didn’t know…

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Like it was a serious shock apparently to many across social media.

2. Aubrey Plaza

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The Parks and Recreation star is boricua pa’que lo sepas, but in several interviews, she said that people never think she’s Puerto Rican. “I’m very fair-skinned, but I feel really connected to that side of my family.”

3. Alexis Bedel

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Yep, it’s true! The actress, best known for her role as Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, was born to Argentinian parents (her mom grew up in Mexico) and raised in a Spanish-speaking household. She’s told Latina that she’s often assumed to be Irish.

4. Bruno Mars

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Born Peter Hernandez to Puerto Rican and Filipino parents, Mars changed his name to avoid being stereotyped in the music industry, he told GQ.com. “People would say, ‘Your last name’s Hernandez, maybe you should do Latin music … Enrique Iglesias is so hot right now!'”

5. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

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Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made a name for herself as the (very tan) of New Jersey’s Italian-Americans. But she was actually born in Chile and adopted by an Italian-American family when she was just six months old.

6. Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz’s father is of Cuban descent, born and raised in Tampa, Florida’s Ybor City. The bubbly blonde actress told Vogue magazine she spent part of her summers as a child in Tampa with her over-protective grandmother, “playing cards, eating steak and rice and beans and drinking RC Cola and watching soap operas.”

7. Jessica Alba

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Actress Jessica Alba’s father is Mexican-American, and she says she takes pride in being Latina, despite rumors to the contrary.

8. Sara Paxton

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WIth roles on “Good Girls” and “Last House on the Left”, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Sara says people are often surprised to learn she’s half Mexican.

“People never believe me,”she told The Huffington Post. “I think it’s because they have this stereotype of what a Latina’s supposed to look like, and I don’t fit that typical look.”

9. Hulk Hogan

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Considered by some as the greatest professional wrestler ever, Hulk Hogan, born in Georgia. But did you know that he has Panamanian roots?

10. Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi’s real name is Scott Ramon Seguro. His father is a proud Mexican-American.

11. Frankie Muniz

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Everyone knew of Frankie Muniz while growing up thanks to “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Agent Cody Banks.”

While Frankie is his stage name, his real name is Francisco, probably thanks to his Puerto Rican father.

12. Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch’s apellido is Tejada. The soap opera star changed her name while trying to make it in Hollywood, but her father was born in La Paz, Bolivia.

13. Uma Thurman

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You probably know Uma Thurman from her role in “Pulp Fiction” but did you know she has Mexican roots? Her mother, a fashion model named Nena von Schlebrügge, was born in Mexico City before moving to New York to be a model.

14. Vanna White

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You know her as the legendary hostess of Wheel of Fortune, but White – whose very last name hints that she’s Caucasian— is actually part-Latina!

You see, “White” is not Vanna’s real apellido—it’s the name she took from her stepfather Herbert Stackley WhiteJr., a former real estate agent in North Myrtle Beach.  Not much is known about Vanna’s real father whose name is Miguel Angel Rosich, except that he was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and abandoned the family when she was a child.

15. Mark Ballas

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Professional ballroom dancer Mark Ballas (Dancing With the Stars) is half-Greek, and half-Mexican. Ballas’ paternal grandmother was named Maria Luisa Marulanda Ballas — and while she is not Latina herself — Ballas’ mother, Shirley Ballas is an award-winning dancer who won the 1995 International Latin American Dance Championship, earning the nickname “The Queen of Latin.” 

16. James Roday

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The last name trips people up, James says, but the Psych star, who’s half Mexican, changed it from Rodriguez to Roday when he launched his career for two reasons: There was already another James Rodriguez registered in the Screen Actors Guild, and an agent at the network where he landed his first job worried that they would look like they were skirting around issues of diversity by casting a white Latino.

17. Fergie

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Fergie was everywhere in the early 2000s as part of the musical group The Black Eyed Peas. But, now you know that she has Mexican ancestry in her family line.

READ: We Ranked Instagram’s 17 Most Followed Latino Celebrities And Their Claims to Fame

Both The Left And Right Are Coming For Rep Omar After Her Latest Tweet About Immigration

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Both The Left And Right Are Coming For Rep Omar After Her Latest Tweet About Immigration

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Rep. Ilan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, is receiving criticism from both sides of the aisle after she tweeted that Latinos wouldn’t benefit from a merit-based immigration plan.

Many on the left are upset with her for seemingly have implied that the Latino community wouldn’t qualify based on merit. While many on the right are just hungry for more misinformation and drama surrounding the freshman Congresswoman.

In a now-deleted tweet, the Congresswoman was appearing to question the real reasoning behind a merit-based immigration policy.

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Often times, the Trump administration has used this coded term to refer to a system of stopping immigration from brown and black countries, or shithole countries as he once referred to many of them.

She clearly stated that immigration policies should be humane, legal, and fair. And welcome people of all sorts of backgrounds.

The Trump administration’s recently released immigration plan doubles down on a merit-based policy, one that research shows is inherently racist.

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Currently, only 12% of immigrants to the US qualify based on skills and very few Latinos are ever awarded visas of this type.

However, many on the left, including Latinos, are very upset with the Congresswoman’s choice of words.

Some on Twitter did come to the Congresswoman’s defense and noted that a merit-based system would likely work against Latinos. The problem is, she didn’t exactly get the wording right.

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With the rhetoric from the Trump administration, it’s safe to say this policy wouldn’t be applied equally.

But overwhelmingly, Latinos on Twitter were just sick and tired of being underestimated.

All too often, Latinos of all backgrounds are thought of as impoverished, undereducated, or underskilled immigrants. We are often described as migrant workers or refugees, all of us lumped into the same category.

Yes, there are communities in urgent need of relief from persecution in their home countries, including refugees. But it’s simply not true that they couldn’t qualify under a merit-based system.

Many immigrants from all over Latin America are doctors, engineers, lawyers, with so much to offer the US. This is the point that was lost on many across social media.

And, of course, Sen. Ted Cruz had to chime in and offer his two cents.

Though many were quick to point out that Cruz’s family emigrated to Canada before arriving in the US. And that he himself was born in Canada, making it a lot easier to gain legal status in the US.

All of this just shows how important it is to choose your words very carefully unless you want to invite a firestorm from both sides.

READ: The Latino Community Overlaps With Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Identity And We Need To Support That Community

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