Legendary Latino Sluggers Left Out: Ted Williams and Reggie Jackson miss MLB's Latino Legends ballot. Half isn't enough?
posted by Hugh Janus to baseball at 10:10 AM - 14 comments
What's the point of this list? How, in the great American melting-pot, can we ever expect to so clearly distinguish who qualifies for such a thing and who doesn't?
posted by mayerkyl at 10:51 AM on August 26
I would like to see the complete list. Latino tradition in baseball is very rich and has been around for aong time. The Lationo could be considered to almost as big of influence as the Negro leagues.. Yes, we are a melting pot, but its ok to celebrate one's heritage!
posted by daddisamm at 11:01 AM on August 26
Of course celebrating heritage is worthwhile, but 1/2 heritage, 1/4 heritage, 1/16 heritage? Where is the line drawn? The article said, "it wasn't an exact science." Maybe it should have been in order to avoid controversy (Reggie/Ted).
posted by mayerkyl at 11:06 AM on August 26
Ahhhh....the great "American" game! Pfffft!
posted by Sasquatch12154 at 11:23 AM on August 26
Of course celebrating heritage is worthwhile, but 1/2 heritage, 1/4 heritage, 1/16 heritage? Where is the line drawn? The article said, "it wasn't an exact science." Maybe it should have been in order to avoid controversy (Reggie/Ted). What you say is true- However,-There are many people in the USA who are 100% of anything. Its important to celebrate ones heritage. Everybody has a right to know where they came from!
posted by daddisamm at 12:23 PM on August 26
I nominate Miltonio Bradleyez to this list.
posted by MNJ1193 at 12:52 PM on August 26
I'm sure Martin Sheen won't end up on any "Greatest Latino Actors Lists" either.
posted by lilnemo at 02:47 PM on August 26
Hey, if Jethro Tull can beat out Metallica for the first-ever heavy metal Grammy, then Reggie and TWill should be on the list of greatest Latino players...
posted by MeatSaber at 03:03 PM on August 26
I would like to see the complete list. What gets me is that more than two dozen of the nominees are current players? Can you really be a legend if you are still playing? Especially, if you are still playing and have only played a few years? It's almost like the ballot maker did not want to do the research to find past Latino players, so he just took the best of the current group and filled it in with names he knew or could easily locate.
posted by graymatters at 04:34 PM on August 26
I'd just like to congratulate Major League Baseball for turning a celebration of Latino players into a litmus test of whether specific stars deserve to be called Latino. This is the kind of marketing genius that brought the world the All-Star Game ending in a tie.
posted by rcade at 04:38 PM on August 26
I see two mistakes on the ballot with out even thinking about it much. To many currant players like "gray" said. Johan santana is a great young pitcher, but I dont think he has played long enough to be considered a legend yet. The AL MVP of 1965 is not on the Ballot. Zoilo Versilles of the Twins certainly deserves to be there! . I am sure that I could find some more!
posted by daddisamm at 05:24 PM on August 26
Don't forget Mr. Steroid is on there, too. Raffy Palmeiro may be Latino, but I can't imagine the Latino community is terribly proud of him.
posted by brewdudepa at 07:44 PM on August 26
but he is still one fo them
posted by daddisamm at 07:46 PM on August 26
"One of us! One of us!"
posted by lilnemo at 03:30 PM on August 27
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