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01/30/2006 Archived Entry: "Cuban Players: Are they good or bad?"

Cuban Players: Are they good or bad? by Cubano

With this entry, I like to honor and review players that left Cuba to pursue the MLB dream. Some were good players in Cuba such as Orlando Hernandez, Rene Arocha, Jose Contreras and Kendry Morales.

However, most of the players who have come from Cuba were not that great. The best talent is still in Cuba. Some of these players have come past their primes and have endured outfield distractions such as the Cuban government retaining their families for a long period of time.

Despite many things against them, some of these players have managed to accomplish the following:

Orlando "El Duke" Hernandez (Mr. October)
3 World Series Rings with The New York Yankees
1999 ALCS MVP with The New York Yankees
1 World Series Ring with The Chicago White Sox 2005
Post Season Record 9 wins 3 loses 2.55 ERA

Livan Hernandez
1 World Series Ring with the Florida Marlins
World Series and NLCS MVP with the Florida Marlins
Post Season Record 6 wins 2 loses 3.99 ERA
2005 Washington Nationals All Star

Jose Contreras
1 World Series Ring with The Chicago White Sox 2005
Post Season Record 3 wins and 3 loses 3.77 ERA

Rolando Arrojo
1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays All Star

Danys Baez
2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays All Star

Rey Ordonez
3 Times Gold Glove Winner with The New York Mets

Angels 1B/DH Kendry Morales (after 2 months in USA)
Mariners SS/2B Yuniesky Betancourt (after 3 months in USA)

Braves C Brayan Pena

Angels 1B/DH Kendry Morales, Surprise Scorpions
AFL Stats: 380, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs
Leader in doubles with 14.
Arizona Fall League All-Stars

2005 MLB Season

Despite not having to much time to adjust to the new country nor having the luxury of having their families or traveling back home once the season is over like all other players, Cuban players have held their ground when comparing them to other great Latin Players.

Jose Contreras was one of the best pitcher in MLB in 2005 after the allstar game.

The numbers before the names indicate MLB rank.

Opponents Batting Average

2. Pedro Martinez 204
3. Johan Santana 210
4. Carlos Zambrano 212
10. Jose Contreras 232
30. Bartolo Colon 254

Innings Pitched

1. Livan Hernandez 246.1
6. Johan Santana 231.2
10. Freddy Garcia 228
15. Carlos Zambrano 223.1
16. Bartolo Colon 222.2
23. Esteban Loiza 217
23. Pedro Martinez 217
26. Javier Vazquez 215.2
33. Rodrigo Lopez 209.1
41. Jose Contreras 204.2
44. Gustavo Chacin 203


2. Bartolo Colon 21
11. Johan Santana 16
16. Rodrigo Lopez 15
16. Pedro Martinez 15
16. Jose Contreras 15
16. Livan Hernandez 15


2. Francisco Rodriguez 45
4. Mariano Rivera 43
8. Danys Baez 41


4. P. Martinez 2.82
7. J. Santana 2.87
14. C. Zambrano 3.26
16. C. Silva 3.44
27. J. Contreras 3.61

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