4.06.2007

MLB's Boricua Catchers

Puerto Rico keeps churning out catchers (by Kat O'Brien for Newsday - 4.7.07)
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Since 1990, Puerto Rican catchers have totaled 31 All-Star appearances and have played on eight World Series championship clubs and eight teams that lost in the Series.

According to BaseballReference.com, there have been 219 major-league players from Puerto Rico. Of those, 27 have been catchers. That's a high percentage (12.3), given that close to half the players are pitchers. Major League Baseball noted that there were 28 Puerto Ricans on Opening Day rosters this week, of which nine are catchers.

At one time, Puerto Rico was the birthplace of more major-leaguers than any country or territory outside the 50 United States. Now subject to the first-year player draft, Puerto Rico has been passed in numbers by the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Among catchers, though, it remains No. 1.