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The 4th annual celebratory week for the 2013 exaltations to the Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino (Latin Baseball Hall of Fame) are scheduled to take place from Thursday the 7th to Sunday the 10th of February 2013, with numerous activities planned across Casa de Campo and La Romana for both the luminaries, VIP special guests, current baseball stars – such as Miguel Cabrera of Venezuela, as well as the general public.
The Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino (Latin Baseball Hall of Fame) founded by Casa de Campo villa owner Roberto Weill with Alfy Fanjul and Rafael Avila in 2009, aims to celebrate the achievements of Hispanic and Caribbean Major League Baseball players – who are largely absent from Cooperstown, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in New York.
This year the Latino baseball stars being exalted into the Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino (Latin Baseball Hall of Fame) are:
Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino – Class of 2013
• Miguel Cuellar from Cuba (posthumous)
• Octavio Rojas from Cuba
• Teodoro Higueras from México
• Rennie Stennett from Panamá
• Juan Igor González from Puerto Rico
• Tony Fernández from the Dominican Republic
• Mateo Rojas Alou from the Dominican Republic (posthumous)
• Antonio Armas from Venezuela
• Santos Amaro from Cuba
• Victor Davalillo from Venezuela
• Victor Pellot Power from Puerto Rico
• Felipe Clipper Montemayor from México
• Julián Javier from the Dominican Republic
• Humberto Robinson from Panamá
In addition the class of 2013 exaltations the Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino will also be awarding the following recognitions:
The Tom Lasorda Award: Jackie Robinson (posthumous)
This recognition is given ever year by Tom Lasorda, who was exalted to the Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino in 2010 and who is one of the most famous names in Latin baseball – a former Major League baseball player, member of the National Baseball hall of Fame and former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The award is for a non-latino baseball personality who has nevertheless made a positive impact to Latin Baseball, this year being given to Jackie Robinson, an American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era, when he broke the “color line” in debuting for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Joining Tom Lasorda this year in giving this award is Dominican baseball player Robinson Canó, a current major league baseball player for the New York Yankees and who was actually named after Jackie Robinson.
The Latino de Oro Award: Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera, one of the biggest names in Major League Baseball right now is the first Latin American baseball player to win the Triple Crown – and he will be in Altos de Chavón to accept this award on Saturday evening the 9th of February.
The Rafael Avila Award: Horacio Martinez (posthumous) and Epy Guerrero
This award given by co-founder of the Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino, Rafael Avila recognises “Scouting” legends of Latin Baseball – this year Horacio Martinez of the Dominican Republic and Epy Guerrero also from the Dominican Republic. A Latin American baseball scout himself, Rafael Avila is credited with bringing Dominican baseball stars to the Major Leagues – before 1970 there were just 24 Dominican baseball players who had ever played in the Major Leagues (including Dominican legends Ozzie Virgil and Don Felipe Alou) and now Dominican players account for more than 10% of all major leaguers – an accolade largely credited to Avila who recognized the natural ability of Dominican players.
During their stay in Casa de Campo and La Romana for the exaltations to the Salon de la Fama del Besibol Latino, baseball fanatics will be able to get a glimpse of these great latin legends at the “Gran Desfile de Inmortales” (Friday February 8th, 2pm – 4pm) from Casa de Campo to the Central Park in La Romana – where the “Exaltados 2012” will reveal their statues at the Paseo de los Inmortales. Meanwhile on Saturday February 9th, the “Los Inmortales” golf tournament will be played on the Teeth of the Dog and later that day at 8pm the Grand Ceremony of Exaltations for the Class of 2013 will be celebrated at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater.
The 3rd exaltations to the Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino was celebrated from the 9th to the 11th of February 2012 in Casa de Campo and La Romana with a series of star-studded events.