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"Roberto’s legacy!" "This line up today was pretty damn amazing to see" - MLB fans applaud Tampa Bay Rays for naming league’s first-ever All-Latino lineup on 21st annual Roberto Clemente Day

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Rene Pinto #50, Yandy Diaz #2, Wander Franco #5, Isaac Paredes #17, David Peralta #6, Harold Ramirez #43, Jose Siri #22, Manuel Margot #13, and Randy Arozarena #56 of the Tampa Bay Rays pose after playing in the first all-Latino lineup in MLB history, following their win over the Toronto Blue Jays, on Roberto Clemente day, at the Rogers Centre on September 15, 2022

The Tampa Bay Rays paid homage to the late great Roberto Clemente in the most thoughtful way imaginable. In doing so, they achieved something unprecedented.

The baseball world celebrated the 21st annual Clemente Day on Thursday, Sept. 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month also got underway on the same day.

To commemorate the occasion, the Rays made history by naming MLB’s first-ever All-Latino lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays.

"Pretty damn cool" - Jomboy Media
@JomboyMedia @TalkinBaseball_ Someone will find a way to complain about it even tho it’s cool
@JomboyMedia Damn I thought this would have happened many times before
@JomboyMedia @RexChapman I’m finding this hard to believe that this has never happened before.

Third baseman Yandy Díaz and right fielder Randy Arozarena, who are both from Cuba, topped the lineup. They were followed by shortstop Wander Franco from the Dominican Republic, and first baseman Harold Ramírez from Colombia.

The designated hitter was Manual Margot, also from the Dominican Republic, followed by left fielder David Peralta from Venezuela.

The second baseman was Isaac Paredes of Mexico, and the catcher was René Pinto of Venezuela. Center fielder Jose Siri of the Dominican Republic rounded out the batting order.

@OVERREACTINGYA1 @JomboyMedia It is American baseball. And this line up today was pretty damn amazing to see
@JomboyMedia This is incredible! This sport produces so much talent from all around the world and this is a showcase of just that 👏👏👏
@JomboyMedia Latino pride!!

All players wore No. 21 to honor Clemente, who played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente helped the Pirates win the World Series in 1960 and 1971.

@JomboyMedia Fun facts. Roberto Clemente’s 1971 championship team were the first roster to field an All Minority team.

The Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette, José Berríos, George Springer and third-base coach Luis Rivera also wore No. 21 to pay tribute to Clemente.

@JomboyMedia Great way to celebrate a great player

But it wasn’t just the accolades that made Clemente a sporting icon. He is a trailblazer for all Latino players, paving the way for them to make a career in the majors.

@JomboyMedia Roberto’s legacy!!! An inspiration for all Latinos and one of the best ambassadors for the MLB!!!

Clemente was a phenomenal player, but an even better human being. He tragically died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while attempting to deliver emergency supplies to Nicaragua following a devastating earthquake.

Thanks to Clemente Day, the baseball world gets to honor the life and legacy of an icon, a trailblazer, and a legend.

Aided by an All-Latino line-up, the Tampa Bay Rays dictate one-way traffic

Following Yandy Diaz’s three-run homer in the second inning, the Tampa Bay Rays never looked back.

Isaac Paredes hit a solo home run and added an RBI single as the Rays went on to claim the final game of the five-match set.

Thursday’s loss reduced the Blue Jays' lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card race to only half a game.

The Seattle Mariners currently occupy the top Wild Card spot with an identical .563 win percentage to the Blue Jays, but with two games in hand.

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Edited by Gaelin Leif
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