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Rays make history with all-Latin American lineup

Sep 15, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;   Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz (2, right) is greeted at home plate by second baseman Isaac Paredes (17) after hitting a three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

All nine batters in the Tampa Bay Rays’ starting lineup Thursday against the host Toronto Blue Jays were Latin American, a first in Major League Baseball history.

The Rays started a lineup of Yandy Diaz, Randy Arozarena, Wander Franco, Harold Ramirez, Manuel Margot, David Peralta, Isaac Paredes, Rene Pinto and Jose Siri.

Three of those players were Dominican, and two apiece were born in Cuba and Venezuela. Colombia and Mexico were also represented in the lineup.

The lineup proceeded to bash the Blue Jays in an 11-0 Tampa Bay victory. It also coincided with Roberto Clemente day, which honors the first Latin American player to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“We’re very proud as Latinos to be in something like this, especially on Roberto Clemente Day, and what he represents for us,” Diaz said through an interpreter. “And I am very honored to be a part of that lineup as well.”

Diaz hit a three-run home run, Margot had a three-run double and Paredes went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs.

Clemente was a 15-time All-Star and four-time batting champion in 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had exactly 3,000 hits before tragically dying in a plane crash at age 38 on Dec. 31, 1972.

–Field Level Media