The Tampa Bay Rays' Latin Hitting Lineup Makes MLB History

The Tampa Bay Rays made history Thursday afternoon when all of their starting hitters were Latino, the team said. To make things sweeter...


The Tampa Bay Rays made history Thursday afternoon when all of their starting hitters were Latino, the team said. To make things sweeter, the line-up took to the field on Roberto Clemente’s day, all wearing the number 21 in honor of the Puerto Rican right-wing playmaker.

The starting lineup was: Yandy Díaz and Randy Arozarena from Cuba; Wander Franco, Manuel Margot and José Siri from the Dominican Republic; Harold Ramírez from Colombia; David Peralta and René Pinto from Venezuela; and Isaac Paredes from Mexico, according to MLB.com.

MLB celebrates Roberto Clemente Day every year. Traditionally, only those who have been nominated or won the Clemente Award, players of Puerto Rican descent, and those who wore the number the year before can wear the number 21 on their jersey, MLB.com reported.

But the Rays requested a league exception, asking that all Latino players and coaches on their roster could use Clemente’s number.

“Our guys were very passionate about it and said, ‘Look, we want to represent him our way,'” Rays manager Kevin Cash said, according to MLB.com.

Toronto Blue Jays play against the Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz (2) celebrates a three-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays play the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Center in Toronto on September 15, 2022.

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The Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-0 on Thursday.

All Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets players and coaches also used Clemente’s number during Thursday’s game, because Clemente played for the Pirates for 18 years.

While on the team, he recorded his 3,000th hit, and later became the first Latin American to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, according to MLB.com. Clemente died in a plane crash in 1972 while en route to Nicaragua to deliver emergency supplies.



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