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DOMINICAN PRESENCE – New trio of immortals

Three players from the Professional Baseball discipline are included to be exalted to sports immortality in the next ceremonial of the Dominican Sports Pavilion of Fame. The trio accumulated more than enough merits to receive this recognition, each from different angles.

Mendy López was the first hitter to hit sixty career home runs in regular series in Dominican baseball and the first to hit eighty including the three stages of the tournaments; Those numbers have been surpassed, but he holds the mark for the best proportion of these hits among those who have exhausted a minimum of a thousand at-bats: he hit 6.4 home runs for every 100 times he hit. He was a true homerunner, his results placed him in a historic elitist position; third best slugger for life and overall leader in home runs in the final stage of the tournaments in which he shot nine in 92 at-bats!

Ronnie Belliard made a perpetual mark on the local circuit and in the big leagues. A fundamental piece in the triumphs of his longtime team, Tigres del Licey, five times the Blues were crowned champions with their vital contribution and on three occasions they won the crown in the Caribbean Series. In the majors he protected the middle of the 2006 world champions, the St. Louis Cardinals and is one of four Dominicans who have defended the second sack in more than a thousand games at that level. A report from that year shows his defensive value: “… despite not having the typical body of a midfielder defender, he teaches

Much agility. He has quick feet, a strong arm and is one of the best in the double play spin. “

Finally Arámis Ramírez had a career highlighted by the powerful offense he developed in the major leagues. In seven seasons he drove in more than 100 touchdowns and among third-cushion defenders he ranks among the five best in history in connected hits, 2,265, and in homers with 381, as third baseman. Only two Dominicans have participated in more than two thousand games at that position in the major leagues, him and Adrián Beltré. tonypinacampora@gmail.com