The Venezuelan born Catcher, Yorvit Torrealba, spend over a decade in Major League Baseball, mostly in a backup role. Torrealba was known mostly for his defensive ability and only twice had more than 100 Hits in a season.
Vernon Wells had some good seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, showcasing power and a decent glove and made the All Star time three times. His best season was in his Sliver Slugger season of 2003 where he led the American League in Hits, Doubles and Total Bases. Another couple of campaigns like that and we might possibly be talking about him having a shot…
Travis Hafner would win the Slugging and OPS Title in 2006 and for a few seasons with the Cleveland Indians would put up good power numbers and would bat over .300 three consecutive seasons. After the age of thirty, he would succumb to injuries and was not the same player but still holds the distinction of being the player from North Dakota who has the…
While Larry Walker struggled to get into the Hall of Fame, fellow Colorado Rockie, Todd Helton should have an easier path. The five time All Star was a multi time Silver Slugger winner and Gold Glove recipient and from the period of 1999 to 2004 was one of the best offensive players in the game scoring an OPS over 1.0 five straight years as well…
A two time All Star, Ted Lilly had three consecutive fifteen win seasons and made the All Star Game twice. Lilly was never considered an ace, but for years was a valuable member of many starting pitching staffs.
Known mostly for being a Starting Pitcher with the Chicago Cubs, Ryan Dempster was a two time All Star who amassed over 2,000 Strikeouts over his career. Dempster would win the World Series in his final year in baseball as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
In the mid-2000’s, Roy Oswalt was considered one of the top pitchers in the National League. “Os” would have five seasons where he was voted in the top five in National League Cy Young balloting and it was his arm that won the NLCS MVP in 2005 getting Houston to their lone World Series appearance. Oswalt was a very good starter for an extended period…
One of the nicer men in professional baseball, Roy Halladay was also one of the best. The Starting Pitcher would excel with both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies and was considered amongst the elite during his prime. Halladay is one of the few pitchers to win Cy Young Award in both the National League and American League and is an eight time…
A dependable Catcher for years, Ramon Hernandez was named an All Star in 2003 with a bit of pop in his bat (169 Home Runs). The Venezuelan would lead the AL in Assists as a Catcher in 2006 and threw out the most baserunners that year too.
While Placido Polanco had a very good career in Major League Baseball and had over 2,000 Hits and a Silver Slugger Award, stats that would surprise many. Polanco was also a two time All Star and a two time Gold Glove recipient and while he was a very good player, he does not have Cooperstown credentials…though was a lot better than most people remember!