The Dominican first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Mexican left-handed pitcher Julio Urías and the Cuban outfielder Randy Arozarena were left with the main recognitions of “Al Rojas Vivo” from ESPN Digital for his performance in the 2021 Major League Baseball regular season, which concluded Sunday.
Guerrero, of the Toronto Blue Jays, was the Batter of the Year; Urías of the Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher of the Year and Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays Rookie of the Year were among Latinos who saw action this season. Puerto Rican manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox was the Manager of the Year.
By 16th. consecutive season, ESPN Digital selects the most outstanding Latin Americans from the major leagues. The eligible list considers several protagonists with Latino descent who were born in the United States, but who have strong ties to the culture of their parents’ countries.
In addition to the special honors, the season finale of “Al Rojas Vivo” features an All-Star team made up of 27 players (nine positioners, nine substitutes, five starting pitchers and four relief pitchers) and the manager.
“Al Rojas Vivo”, which is published every week, takes into account the statistics of the whole year until the games on Monday. Players are not considered by their salary, level or fame, but by their performance throughout the current season.
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BATTER OF THE YEAR: (Guerrero Jr.) – The son of the Hall of Famer with the same name, began to build his own history in gold letters in the best baseball league in the world.
Guerrero fought for the batting title until the last day of the season and ended up hitting .311, tied for the home run lead (48) and drove in 111 runs. He was first in the AL in runs (123), OBP (.411), Slugging (.601) and OPS (1,002).
“Vladdy Jr.” outpointed compatriot Tatis Jr., who ignored two visits to the disabled list and a serious major shoulder discomfort, to lead the NL in home runs (42) and amassed 31 doubles, 25 stolen bases, 97 RBIs and 99 annotated.
Guerrero and Tatis became the first couple 22 and under to command both leagues in home runs in the same season.
The Dominicans Juan Soto (29 homers, 95 CE, 145 BB and .313 / .465 in batting averages and OBP), Hernández, Devers and José Ramírez (36 homers, 32 doubles, 26 steals, 111 CA and 103 CE) and Venezuelan receiver Pérez were the other main candidates for recognition.
Perez set the MLB home run record for a catcher and tied his team’s overall mark. Also, he is the sixth player in the last three decades to lead his league in home runs and RBIs, the only receiver in the group.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: (Uriah) – In his first opportunity as a starting member of the Dodgers’ starting rotation, Urías (20-3, 2.96 and 195 strikeouts in 185.2 innings) led the majors in wins and, incidentally, made history for his country.
All love for No. 7. pic.twitter.com/c264nA9k0K
– Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 3, 2021
Urías joined Fernando Valenzuela, Teodoro Higuera and Esteban Loaiza on the short list of Mexicans with 20-win seasons in MLB. In addition, he is the first 20-game winner in the National League since Max Scherzer did it in 2016 and the first for the Dodgers since 2014. Scherzer and Kershaw, two future Hall of Famers, are Urías’s teammates in the Los Angeles staff.
Freddy Peralta of the Milwaukee Brewers held the top spot among Latino pitchers for about four months, but was dethroned by Urías, who was 10-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his last 15 appearances.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: (Arozarena) – The Rays outfielder beat his compatriot Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers with an outstanding performance in his first full season in the major leagues.
Arozarena hit .274 with 20 homers, 32 doubles, 20 stolen bases, 94 runs scored and 69 RBIs. He led the rookies of the young circuit in runs, hits (145), doubles, walks (56) and batting averages, OBP (.356) and Slugging (.459).
Garcia also stood out widely, finishing his first year with 31 homers, 90 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and very good outfield defense.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR: (Alex Cora) – Of the teams led by Latin Americans, Boston was the only one to advance to the postseason.
And now a word from our manager: pic.twitter.com/sGS6ZQo1v3
– Red Sox (@RedSox) October 4, 2021
The Toronto Blue Jays (91-71) of the Puerto Rican Charlie Montoyo fought until the last day, while the New York Mets (77-85) of the Dominican Luis Rojas fell in the second half (29-45), which does presage big moves in queens.
After finishing last in their division in the 2020 shortened season (24-36), Boston rehired Cora, who left the team a year earlier in the wake of her role in the scandalous discovery of the signal theft scheme. that the Astros had in 2017.
The Puerto Rican driver led the Red Sox to win 92 games and conquer the first wild card place in the American League, beating the spring forecasts that granted between 80 and 82 victories to the Beantown team. Cora is 284-202 in three years as a Red Sox manager.
ALL STARS LATINO
Pos. Player, Club
C- Salvador Pérez, Royals – (48 homers, 121 CE, 44% runners made out)
1 B- Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
2B- Ozzie Albies, Braves – (40 H2, 30 H4, 20 BR, 106 CE, 103 CA)
H.H- Fernando Tatis, Parents
3B- Rafael Devers, Red Sox – (38 H4, 37 H2, 113 CE, 101 CA)
OF- Juan Soto, Nationals
OF- Starling Marte, Marlins / Athletics – (.308, 47 BR, 89 CA)
RF- Teoscar Hernández, Blue Jays – (.296, 32 H4, 116 CE)
BD- Yordan Álvarez, Astros – (33 H4, 35 H2, 104 CE, 92 CA)
– Houston Astros (@astros) October 2, 2021
SUBSTITUTES: Yasmani Grandal (C), White Sox; Yuli Gurriel (1B), Astros; Jorge Polanco (2B), Twins; Carlos Correa (SS), Astros; José Ramírez (3B), Indians; Avisail García (OF), Brewers; Randy Arozarena (OF), Rays; Adolis Garcia (OF), Rangers; JD Martinez (BD), Red Sox.
OPENING PITCHERS: Julio Urías, Dodgers; Sandy Alcantara, Marlins; Frankie Montás, Athletics; José Berríos, Twins / Blue Jays, and Freddy Peralta, Brewers.
RELEVANT PITCHERS: Raisel Iglesias; Angels; Kenley Jansen, Dodgers; Emmanuel Clase, Indians, and Jonathan Loasiga, Yankees.