posted on Oct, 26 2005 @ 07:11 PM
i was also suprised when i saw the team earlier today, i think that you must remember that it was a fan poll, online and at chevy dealers that
determined the 12 players...there are a new generation of fans and a lot of the history of the game is being forgotten, i would like to see the team
done again, this time by baseball historians, i think that the results would be much different
for those of you who missed it here are the selections
Ivan Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, C; (1991-current): A 12-time All-Star, Rodriguez won 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards and was selected to play in nine
straight All-Star Games starting in 1992. He was named the 1999 AL Most Valuable Player after hitting .332 with 35 home runs and 113 RBIs. He finished
that season with 199 hits. He has played in at least 100 games per season 12 times since 1992.
Albert Pujols, Dominican Republic, 1B (2001-current): Only 25 years old, Pujols' best days could be ahead of him. Arguably one of the best hitters in
the Major Leagues, the right-handed slugger hits for average and power and is always among the top candidates for the NL's Most Valuable Player Award.
He hit 37 home runs and drove in 130 runs as a rookie with St. Louis in 2001.
Rod Carew, Panama, 2B (1967-1985): An 18-time All-Star, Carew won seven batting titles and hit .300 or better -- including a .388 mark in 1977 -- in
15 consecutive seasons. He was named the AL MVP in 1977 and AL Rookie of the Year in 1967. With 3,053 hits, Carew is one of three players from Latin
America with at least 3,000 hits. Roberte Clemente and Rafael Palmeiro are the others. He is one of seven players from Latin America in the National
Baseball Hall of Fame.
Edgar Martinez, Puerto Rico, 3B (1987-2004): Martinez could be regarded as the greatest designated hitter in baseball, but he spent the first part of
his 18-year career with the Mariners at third base. Martinez walked away from baseball in 2004 with 309 home runs, 514 doubles, a .312 career batting
average and a .418 career on-base percentage. A seven-time All-Star selection, Martinez arguably had his best year in 1995, when he led the league in
hitting (.356), on-base percentage (.479), runs (121), and doubles (52). He also won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2004.
Alex Rodriguez, Dominican Republic, SS (1994-current) : Regarded as one of the best all-around players in the game, Rodriguez shined as a shortstop
before moving to third base for the Yankees prior to the 2004 season. Rodriguez was named the AL's Most Valuable Player in 2003 and he became the
youngest player ever to reach the 400-home run plateau in 2005. A two-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop, Rodriguez is a nine-time All-Star.
Mariano Rivera, Panama, Relief Pitcher (1995-current): Regarded as one of the most reliable closers in baseball, Rivera ranks inside the top ten in
career saves. Before becoming the Yankees full-time closer in 1997, the right-hander set a club record in 1996 for the most strikeouts by a reliever
with 130. Rivera, who saved 40 or more games in a season five times and 50 or more twice, led the Yankees to World Championships in 1996 and
1998-2000, while winning the 1999 World Series MVP. The seven-time All Star has finished five seasons with an ERA under 2.00 while never completing a
season with an ERA above 3.00 as a reliever.
Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rico, OF (1955-1972): With his induction in 1973, Clemente was the first Hispanic-American to be selected to the Hall of Fame
and the only player to be exempt from the mandatory five-year post-retirement waiting period. Clemente spent 18 seasons with the Pirates, recording
3,000 hits, 240 home runs and 1,305 RBIs. A 12-time All-Star selection and 12-time Gold Glove winner, Clemente won his only MVP award in 1966, despite
collecting four batting titles in the 60's. He also helped the Pirates claim the 1971 World Series title.
Manny Ramirez, Dominican Republic, OF (1993-current): Ramirez spent eight seasons in Cleveland before his current five-year stint with Boston. A
nine-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger and winner of the 2004 World Series MVP award, Ramirez earned the batting title in 2002 with a .349
average and led the league in slugging percentage in 1999, 2000 and 2004.
Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican Republic, OF (1996-current): After eight seasons with Montreal, Guerrero won his first MVP award with the Angels in 2004
by hitting .337 with 39 home runs and 129 RBIs. He has hit over .300 in every season since 1997, reaching the 200-hit mark three times and leading the
league in that category (206) in 2002. A seven-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger, Guerrero stole 138 bases through his first nine seasons to
go along with 273 home runs and 828 RBIs.
Pedro Martinez, Dominican Republic, Starting Pitcher (1992-present): A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Martinez won for the first time in 1997,
while with the Expos, and in 1999 and 2000 with the Red Sox. Martinez entered the 2005 season with a .705 winning percentage -- the best among
pitchers with 200 or more decisions. In 1999, he became the first pitcher in history to have 300-strikeout seasons in each league.
Juan Marichal, Dominican Republic, Starting Pitcher (1960-1975): Marichal compiled 243 wins and a 2.89 ERA. He started 451 games and completed 244 of
them, pitching 52 shutouts. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1983, the first player from the Dominican Republic to enter the Hall of Fame.
Fernando Valenzuela, Mexico, Starting Pitcher (1980-1997): In 17 big-league seasons, Valenzuela compiled a 173-153 record and a 3.54 ERA for the
Dodgers, Angels, Orioles, Phillies, Padres and Cardinals. He threw a no-hitter for the Dodgers in 1990 and ranks among the all-time leaders in nearly
all of the franchise's record books.