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March 12, 2008 6:43 PM

Honoring Latinos in beisbol

Posted by Jose Romero

Mariners pitcher Miguel Batista will serve as the honorary chairperson for the Third Annual Latino Beisbol Award Festival presented by Latino Future Magazine at the Phoenix Art Museum tomorrow night. The event celebrates Latino heritage in major league baseball.

Guests of honor include Hall-of-Famer Orlando Cepeda; Vera Clemente, widow of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente; Colorado Rockies P Ubaldo Jimenez; Texas Rangers P Vicente Padilla; Chicago Cubs IF Alex Cintron; and Linda Alvarado, co-owner of the Rockies. Other players are expected to attend.

Chicago White Sox legend Orestes "Minnie" Minoso will received the Latino Legends Award.

More details and a recap of the event can be found at the magazine's Web site.

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Posted by drlo

7:33 PM, Mar 12, 2008

Wonderful to see Minnie Minoso being honored. He deserves far more recognition than he gets today. A wonderful balance of speed, average, power, and defense. Nearly .300 career hitter, .385 or so OBP, 130 OPS+, 3 gold gloves, 7 time all-star, and in top 10 MVP voting 5 times. He is a legend for everyone.

Posted by Donovan

8:07 PM, Mar 12, 2008

Geoff - Was AFK all day, and I just can't keep up with your awesome volume today, man. I just posted to a thread several tabs down. I need some island time I guess.

What's your take on the bullpen size? It seems like the M's are seriously leaning toward 11 total pitchers, which would be very different from recent years and (I think) a nice development, given that our biggest challenges are likely to be offensive this year.

Posted by oregongal

8:23 PM, Mar 12, 2008

Jose, thanks for thinking of us. Nice comment about Eddie G. Congrats to Batista. Vera Clemente seems like a very classy woman. It's hard to live as the widow of a legend. And Orlando Cepeda. One of my all time favorites. Good for all of them.

It's still impossible to hear or read "beisbol" without thinking about Chico.

Posted by DrLo

8:37 PM, Mar 12, 2008

oregongal, as a fan or Orlando Cepeda you might be interested to know that his son, Ali, is a wonderful person and a terrific baseball coach involved in both his own program and clinics around the country. I've met him several times and can't say enought good things about him.

Posted by oregongal

8:50 PM, Mar 12, 2008

Thanks, DrLo, I do like hearing stuff like that. It's got to be tough on kids of athletes who get to see their father sporadically, and a lot of them don't do well with it. Good to hear there's another stand-up Cepeda.

Posted by Merrill

1:06 AM, Mar 13, 2008

Donovan: "AFK"??

Jose, thanks a lot for the updates. Sure hope Eddie's all right.

Forgive me if the next couple of comments aren't in the right sort of reverent spirit for this post; I don't mean anything naughty by it...

Oregongal, I always think of Garrett Morris on the original SNL whenever I hear or see "beisbol."

Geoff, or anyone, got any idea who the band was, and the name of the song, playing in the background of Mac's interview? Old Southern-rock type song, always loved it, never knew the name of it. Rossington Collins Band?

Posted by Merrill

1:46 AM, Mar 13, 2008

Head East, "There's Never Been Any Reason."

Guess they're Midwesterners, not Southerners.

Anyway, sorry... Should've looked before posting, not after.

Posted by ET90210

7:49 AM, Mar 13, 2008

You guys see Clay Buchholz' girl?? Wow. Lucky man. His dad's comments are classic.

Posted by Donovan

8:42 AM, Mar 13, 2008

Merril - Away From Keyboard - was traveling yesterday. Checked the blog last night and Geoff had put up about 50 posts. He's clearly charged up from his vacation. Did I mention I need one?

Posted by oregongal

11:06 AM, Mar 13, 2008

Merrill, we've got the same guy for "beisbol." Morris' character was Chico Escuela. One of the few funny things he did.

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