Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, Edgar Renteria, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa and Omar Vizquel form the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016, will be inducted during the 6th Induction Ceremony, on December 5th at the Altos de Chavon amphitheater.
For the third consecutive year, the Modern Era and Veteran inductees were revealed on MLB Network’s The Rundown, hosted by Kelly Nash and Matt Yallof, analyst Cliff Floyd, and insider Peter Gammons. Taking part in the announcement was Mr. Roberto Weill, Founder and President of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as other baseball luminaries such as Felipe Alou and Bernie Williams.
Inaugurated in the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic in 2010, the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame is designed to honor the contribution of Latin American baseball players and to honor the greats who have been part of its rich history. The 2016 class is comprised of two categories – modern era players (since 1970) and veterans – who will all be honored during the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Week from December 2nd to December 5th, 2015 in the Dominican Republic:
Modern Era Players (since 1970):
Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez (Cuba) – Four-time World Series champion; career postseason ERA of 2.55 over 106 innings; 1999 ALCS MVP
Jesse Orosco (Mexico) – Pitched in Major League record 1,252 games; Two-time World Series champion; pitched for nine teams over 24 Major League seasons
Edgar Renteria (Colombia) – Two-time World Series champion; five-time All-Star shortstop; 2010 World Series MVP
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) – 1999 American League MVP; 13-time Gold Glove Award winner at catcher; 2003 World Series champion
Sammy Sosa (Dominican Republic) – 609 career home runs; 1998 National League MVP; Four consecutive seasons of 50 home runs or more
Omar Vizquel (Venezuela) – 11-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop; three-time All-Star; played 24 Major League seasons; 2,968 career games (more than any player born outside the USA)
Hiram Bithorn (Puerto Rico) – Pioneer who was first Puerto Rican to play in MLB; 3.16 ERA in 4 MLB seasons & led MLB with 7 shutouts in 1943; pitched for Ponce Lions of Puerto Rico from 1936-41
Emilio Cueche (Venezuela) – 80 wins as pitcher in 12 seasons with Venezuelan League; pitcher/outfielder for Havana Sugar Kings of International League from 1954-60; pitched in 6 Caribbean Series
Conrado “Connie” Marreo (Cuba) – Led Cuba to 3 amateur World Championships; debuted in MLB at age 39 and played 5 seasons with Washington Senators; 1951 All-Star
Federico “Chi-Chi” Olivo (Dominican Republic) – 79 career wins in Dominican League (2nd in league history to brother, Diomedes); 3.96 ERA in 141 career IP with Braves
Enrique Romo (Mexico) – 3.45 ERA in 6 MLB seasons; 3-time champion in 11 seasons pitching in Mexican League
We look forward to seeing such another extraordinary Latino Baseball Hall Fame Exaltation Ceremony, which will bring together baseball star in one place.