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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Donning Clemente’s No. 21, Rays field MLB’s first all-Latino lineup

The number 21 was seemingly everywhere you looked on the field at Rogers Centre on Thursday afternoon. Specifically, it was everywhere up and down the Rays’ starting lineup.

Half of Tampa Bay’s roster, including all nine hitters who started the series finale against the Blue Jays, donned the number that famously belonged to Roberto Clemente. It was a fitting day for a historic moment.

According to the Rays, it was the first time in Major League history that a team’s lineup was made up entirely of Latino hitters. Their starting lineup included players from Cuba (Yandy Díaz and Randy Arozarena), the Dominican Republic (Wander Franco, Manuel Margot and Jose Siri), Colombia (Harold Ramírez), Venezuela (David Peralta and René Pinto) and Mexico (Isaac Paredes). The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed it was the first time all nine hitters in a starting lineup were born in a Latin American country.

And they were all wearing No. 21 to celebrate Clemente as part of MLB’s annual Roberto Clemente Day, which honors the life and legacy of the Hall of Fame player and humanitarian who recorded 3,000 hits on the field and tragically died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while attempting to deliver emergency relief supplies to Nicaragua.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2022 at 05:36 PM | 32 comment(s)
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