|When MLB.com polled experts to create the 2012 All-Time Latino Team, Roberto Clemente was most often the first selection.
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|Joaquin Arias has reason to feel good about this year. Formerly a highly regarded prospect whose progress was derailed by injuries, Arias has found a niche with the Giants as their top infield reserve.
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|The day after Edgar Renteria became a national hero in Colombia with his World Series-winning hit in 1997, Ernesto Frieri -- three months removed from his 12th birthday -- traded his soccer ball for a baseball. His life would never be the same.
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|Pedro Figueroa took one look at Pedro Martinez, while watching a game between Martinez's Red Sox and the Yankees from the Dominican Republic, and just like that was inspired to begin his own journey to the Major Leagues.
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|Royals starter Luis Mendoza was a natural. His very first steps as a baby were taken on a baseball field in Mexico City. That was the path his life has taken.
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|Pedro Ciriaco grew up in San Pedro de Macoris, the same city in the Dominican Republic that produced his offseason workout partner, Robinson Cano, and Ciriaco counts countryman Manny Ramirez as an idol.
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|Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the same happy-go-lucky guy he was growing up in Venezuela. He still plays baseball on a daily basis like he did on the streets and fields of Maracay, except he does it for a living these days.
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|Growing up in Venezuela, D-backs catcher Miguel Montero dreamed of being a big league player. It wasn't always smooth sailing, but he had something that would serve him well in his career: He had self-confidence.
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|When Orioles reliever Pedro Strop first came to the United States in 2003, the Dominican Republic native wanted to learn English as quick as he could. Why? "Because I'm a friendly guy," said Strop.
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|Alexi Casilla gave up on baseball when he thought the sport had given up on him. But now, he's in the midst of his seventh Major League season with the Minnesota Twins. If not for a chance meeting, he may have never played again.
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|In the offseason, Marlins speedster Emilio Bonifacio will continue to call Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, home. His early experiences with baseball revolved around rooting for hometown heroes.
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|Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Blue Jays right-hander Carlos Villanueva was one of the lucky kids who had two parents guiding him and not only supported his passion for baseball and aspirations of making it to the big leagues -- but preached to him the importance of earning an education.
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|Martin Maldonado is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by playing the game he loves at a high level and continuing a tradition of Puerto Rican catchers.
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|Starling Marte has grown up, from the skinny 18-year-old the Bucs signed 5 1/2 years ago to a muscular 6-foot tool chest, and he may very well be on his way to being the type of player Vladimir Guerrero was for 16 seasons.
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|With the first and most famous Nicaraguan player in the Majors so far ahead of Erasmo Ramirez's time, the 22-year-old Mariners right-hander didn't have many idols to look up to when he first touched a baseball.
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|The game may be called the national pastime, but Reds infielder Miguel Cairo said one driving desire has led to the Latino community's success in the Majors.
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|It didn't take long for Ivan Nova to make an impression in New York after securing a spot in the Yankees' rotation, but the right-hander didn't understand how important his time on the mound really was until he returned home to the Dominican Republic.
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|Ramon Santiago can still remember like it was yesterday when he was a child growing up in the Dominican Republic, as he recounted the fond memories of his childhood during National Hispanic Heritage Month.
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|Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic at 17, owes his start in baseball to the encouragement of his late grandfather.
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|Carlos Ruiz played baseball every Saturday as a child in Chiriqui, the province where he grew up in Panama. Well, nearly every Saturday. Ruiz's mother, Inocencia Rios, made one thing crystal clear to her oldest son: school was to be his No. 1 priority. If he had a bad week at school, he would not play on the weekends.
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