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21 Latino Baseball Players That Are Poised To Make An Impact This Season

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Spring time is here which means more sun and the start of the a new baseball season. Bring out the baseball cap, the crazy stadium food and the sunscreen for all those hours sitting in the bleachers. With all the excitement of a new season also brings a bevy of storylines and players to watch for this year. Many of those include Latinos players, who are poised to make a big impact this upcoming season. Here’s a look at some of the brightest and biggest Latino stars who are sure to be on your radar in 2019.

1. Yasiel Puig

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With a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds over the winter, Yasiel Puig is one of the most interesting storylines coming into this year. The Cuban sensation was a lightning bolt full of energy for six seasons in LA but will now have to prove himself with the Reds. All we know is that if Puig comes with that same energy he should be all right.

2.Gleyber Torres

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As a rookie with the New York Yankees, Torres made quite an impact with 24 home runs. The Yankees will look too Torres to repeat that same power stroke as they chase a return to the playoffs.

3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr

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Few rookies have as much hype coming into 2019 like Vladimir Guerrero Jr do. The Dominican born third baseman is the son of Hall-Of-Famer Vladimir Guerrero so the expectations are high. If the Toronto Blue Jays want to be relevant this season, Guerrero will be a big part of that success.

4. Gary Sanchez

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Gary Sanchez is easily one of the best hitting catchers in all of baseball and the Yankees will be counting on that bat this season. The Dominican catcher has averaged 23 home runs the last three seasons and was a big part of the Yankees success last season. We are sure to hear about Sanchez this year as he triers to help the Yankess win the AL East title.

5. Kenley Jansen

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After undergoing heart surgery in the off-season, Kenley Jensen is expected to have a comeback year. The Dodgers closer struggled at times last season and wasn’t as dependable as in previous years. The Curaçaoan flamethrower has been one of the best closers the last few years and is sure to make a return to form this year.

6. Jose Abreu

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2018 was the first time in Jose Abreu’s career that he hit lower than .290 and hit only 22 home runs. Those were all career lows for the Chicago White Sox first baseman. The Cuban native has been one of best sluggers in baseball since his debut in 2014 and the White Sox will be looking for him to bounce back.

7. Aroldis Chapman

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Aroldis Chapman is known for his 100 MPH fastball and his shutdown changeup. Last year was arguably one of his best seasons and was a key part of why the Yankees made the playoffs. There’s no doubt Chapman will be bringing the heat again this year.

8. Edwin Diaz

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After leading the major leagues with 57 saves, the Seattle Mariners promptly traded Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets. Diaz had a breakout year last season and will be expected to be a difference maker in New York.

9. Juan Soto

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Juan Soto burst onto the scene last year for the Washington Nationals and never looked back. He hit 22 home runs and was one of the top rookies in baseball after his debut in May. From the looks of it, Soto is just getting started.

10.Carlos Correa

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After an injury-plagued season, Carlos Correa is looking to rebound and get back to his MVP form from 2017. The Puerto Rican native has all the tools of a great shortstop as well as a great ambassador for the game of baseball. The Houston Astros are expecting big things from Correa this season.

11. Luis Severino

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Luis Severino is the anchor of the New York Yankees starting rotation and is poised lead it for years to come. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Severino has a lights out sliders and an even more effective changeup. He’s a must watch this season and a pitcher you should fear facing.

12. Ronald Acuna Jr

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Ronald Acuna Jr won the Rookie of the Year award last season and there’s no doubt the 21-year-old outfielder is going to be a force again. The Atlanta Braves have a loaded young team and Acuna will the be the one trying to lead them into the playoffs again.

13. Manny Machado

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Manny Machado made headlines this past off-season when he signed a 10-year $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Machado instantly makes the Padres contenders in the NL West and will be expected to put up huge numbers. He’s been on of the most consistent power hitters in baseball since his debut in 2012 and will surely make some noise this year.

14. Jose Ramirez

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Jose Ramirez led the Cleveland Indians to the postseason for the third straight season due to his breakout bat. Ramirez, who hails from the Dominican Republic, is predicted to be in the MVP conversation this year.

15.Jose Altuve

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He might be small in stature but his bat says otherwise. Jose Altuve started 2018 strong but struggled towards the end. The former AL MVP should have no trouble working his way back up. Many are predicating the Houston Astros to go back to the World Series and Altuve will have to be a big part of that success.

16. Francisco Lindor

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The Puerto Rican native is arguably one of the best shortstops in baseball. Lindor brings great defense to the position that few can match and a bat that produced 38 home runs last season. We are expecting an encore performance for the young promising shortstop.

17. Javier Baez

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A key member of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, Javier Baez shows no signs of regressing. Baez is heart and soul of the Cubs lineup and will be a key player in 2019. He had one of his best seasons in 2018 with his bat and was in the top-five of MVP voting for his strong season.

18. Marcell Ozuna

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Traded from the Miami Marlins to the St. Louis Cardinals last offseason, Marcell Ozuna welcomed himself to his new club with 23 home runs. The power hitting outfielder is one of the more underrated players in the game.

19. Robinson Cano

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After spending the last five seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Robinson Cano has a new home in New York. This also means high expectations for the all-star second baseman who has hit consistently throughout his 14-year career. Cano, who was born in San Pedro de Macoris, is going to be a must-watch this season as he tries to push the Mets to the playoffs.

20. Julio Urias

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They used to call him “the teenager’ due to his young age, but now 22, Julio Urias is ready to make his name with the LA Dodgers. Hailing from Culiacan, Mexico, Urias represents his country with pride and shows that emotion on the field. Don’t be surprised if you hear his name again this season.

21. Roberto Osuna

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From Sinaloa, Mexico, Roberto Osuna is one of baseball’s best relief pitchers. Coming off a season marked with controversy due to a domestic abuse suspension, Osuna will try to make a comeback on and off the field.

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Authorities Identify Person Of Interest In Planned Shooting Of David Ortiz

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Authorities Identify Person Of Interest In Planned Shooting Of David Ortiz

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It’s been more than a week since David Ortiz was shot at a bar in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. There are still many questions left to be answered surrounding the tragic blindside attack on the Boston Red Sox legend. To this point, 10 suspects are in custody and facing charges for the Ortiz shooting. We’ve also learned that the attack may have been coordinated from people currently behind prison cells.

Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota allegedly met with another suspect, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaíno, to discuss a plan one week before Ortiz was shot.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, who is still at large, helped orchestrate the shooting. New details have also emerged behind who coordinated the attack. According to the New York Daily News, two jailed suspects, Carlos Alvarez and Jose Eduardo Ciprian Lebron, allegedly helped plot the hit on Ortiz while serving time in a Dominican prison.

Ciprian and Carlos Alvarez helped coordinate the shooting and distributed a $7,800 payment to the would-be assassins from prison. According to the AP, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, 24, also assembled the hit squad and is expected to spend one year in preventive prison.

Vizcaino allegedly sold an iPhone, that was used to plan the attack, to a woman for $180. This was done so he could quickly dispose of evidence a day after the shooting. Authorities claimed the phone was giving him problems and was the reason behind Perez selling it.

The shooting, which left Ortiz with organ damage, happened after a man, who got off a motorcycle, shot him in the back at point-blank range. The alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, fled from the scene, but the alleged getaway driver, Eddy Feliz Garcia, fell from his motorcycle as he attempted to flee. Garcia was beaten by a crowd before being turned over to police.

Many of the suspects have claimed innocence or have denied charges altogether.

Various reports say it’s unclear if Ortiz was the intended target and many of the suspects have stated that “it was a mistake” or it simply wasn’t them. The various suspects are now facing a number of different charges. They range from attempted murder, attempted homicide, gang activity, gun violations and accessory to attempted murder.

Court documents show that on the Sunday before the shooting, Mota and Vizcaino met to go over details and the plans of the attack. Ciprian would send Mota a photo of the target but documents don’t specify whose picture it was or if Ortiz was in it.

According to the New York Daily News, Ferreira-Cruz told reporters from his holding cell that he mistook Ortiz for the real intended target. “It wasn’t David,” Ferreira-Cruz said. “I got confused by his clothing.”

The attack has brought shock waves to the Dominican Republic as many are still trying to figure out why a national hero like Ortiz could be targeted.

The attack came as a shocker for many around the world but especially in the Dominican Republic where Ortiz has made endless contributions. Some say the attack is a sign of jealousy from the success that Ortiz has had.

“He is the same David Ortiz,” Felix Martinez, who grew up with Ortiz told CNN. “What happens when a person comes from poverty, what they want … when they come to their home country is to be with their people. There are people that are full of envy. That wanted to have that pride, that success.”

While motives are still being investigated, Ortiz has made progress and is recovering back in Boston.

Ortiz’s family posted Father’s Day tributes on Sunday in dedication to the baseball icon. The former slugger continues to make a recovery from the gunshot wound in Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Nothing more to say other than thank you for the sacrifices you have made to give not only me but our entire family the whole world in our eyes. You have worked so tremendously hard while not fully enjoying the fruits of your labor,” Ortiz’s daughter, Alexandria, wrote on Instagram. “The thing you said today that made me pause was: ‘sorry, this isn’t the way we should celebrate Father’s Day’ through invading tears as I can’t wait to show you the Game of Thrones inspired gift.”

Tiffany, Ortiz’s wife, also wrote in an Instagram post that Father’s Day this year “brings with it a new appreciation for life and an awareness in what truly matters.”

“Please celebrate this Papi’s Day with the ones you love. Be present in every moment, don’t get hung up on gifts, material things, titles, fame or fortune,” Tiffany wrote. “Those things can be taken away in a moments notice and all we are left with is the memories of the moments we truly connected and grounded ourselves in true love”

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Authorities Say Suspected Gunmen Were Paid To Shoot David Ortiz In Coordinated Attack

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Authorities Say Suspected Gunmen Were Paid To Shoot David Ortiz In Coordinated Attack

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There is new information on the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. According to ESPN, six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Ortiz. Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, 25, is the alleged shooter and was part of a group that authorities said was offered $400,000 Dominican pesos (about $7,830) to carry out the attack. It’s still unclear the motive behind the attack and what charges the suspects are expected to face, but investigators are treating the case as attempted murder.

Police have arrested suspects in the David Ortiz shooting less than 48 hours after the incident at a night club in San Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, who was arrested at the scene of the shooting Sunday night was charged Tuesday as an accomplice to attempted murder. Féliz García and a second man tried to drive away after the shooting but his motorcycle fell to the pavement. A crowd attacked him and he was arrested by police, who transported him to a hospital for treatment.

Four other men, Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela, and Porfirio Allende Deschamps Vazquez, were also arrested. At this time, a seventh suspect still remains at large.

“At this moment, they are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened,” Jean Alain Rodriguez, chief prosecutor, told ESPN. “Nobody involved in this lamentable episode will remain in impunity, not even the material or intellectual author” of the crime, he said.

Police say two young men drove up to the scene on a motorcycle when one of them got off to fire a single bullet into Ortiz’s lower back.

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Police are investigating two cars that were parked nearby the scene of Sunday’s shooting. Multiple witnesses have told police they saw Féliz García and a gunman get into one of the cars before the shooting.

At a press conference Tuesday, Dominican Republic police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte held up the handgun used to shoot Ortiz. According to ESPN, Investigators found the gunman’s firearm, which was recovered in the home of one of the suspects in the province of Mao, police said.

“We are not even at 72 hours (since the shooting) and you see the advances we have made and certainly that will continue,” Bautista said at the press conference.

Ortiz was shot in the back and suffered severe internal damage that required multiple surgeries.

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Ortiz is currently recovering from the shooting after multiple surgeries that included the removal of his gallbladder and part of his intestine. He was flown back to Boston on Monday and was being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement. “My family and I again want to thank everyone for their endless love and well wishes, and still ask for privacy while David continues to heal.”

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