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wholesale jerseys The Hall won’t be calling for any of our Venezuelan selections, but they all hit north of 200 homers with career OPS marks north of .860. CarGo’s still cranking in Coors, Abreu has the fourth-most hits (2,470) among Venezuelan-born players and Magglio has gone from getting selected to six All-Star squads to getting elected the mayor of Juan Antonio Sotillo.But leaving V-Mart off would be worse. He’s one of the best pure hitters of his era and, although he hasn’t played catcher regularly since 2010, it is still the spot he’s occupied more than any other. He had a 121 OPS+ during his time as a regular behind the dish. Just like in real life, he’s not going to bump Cabrera off first base, and we’ve got somebody else in mind for DH. So V-Mart can suit up at catcher one more time.Well, we had to get Galarraga in here somewhere. (In truth, we could have put Miggy back at third base, but that would have ruined that fun little Miggy vs. Pujols discussion.) Among Venezuelan-born players, The Big Cat is second only to Miggy in home runs (399) and RBIs (1,425) and deserved better than to be one-and-done on the Hall ballot.You should be pretty well-versed with Big Papi’s bio after last year’s retirement run. A lot of us wanted to see him suit up one more time, not in the fake game we’re discussing here, but in the real World Baseball Classic.Of all the crazy Pedro stats, a favorite might be the 291 ERA+ — an all-time high — in 2000. At the height of the steroid era, when the league ERA was 4.92, Martinez had a 1.74 mark. Not bad for a little guy from Manoguayabo.Ozzie’s the only Venezuelan to manage so much as a full season, so he’s the default-but-still-deserving choice, having guided the White Sox to a World Series title 88 years in the making in 2005, and filling up many a reporter’s notebook along the way.Unfortunately for Alou, our all-time team here is just as imaginary as the 1994 World Series, which very well might have included his Expos. But Alou is an easy selection, having won 1,033 games with Montreal and San Francisco. He became the first Dominican-born manager in the Majors in 1992.
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