Dominican closer Rafael Soriano specialized in getting the final three outs for his Tampa Bay Rays. The 30-year-old reliever from San José had 45 saves in 2010.
Colombian shortstop Orlando Cabrera, a veteran of post-season play, provided leadership for a young Cincinnati Reds team. The 35-year-old slap hitter, who was born in Cartagena, had 130 hits and 11 stolen bases in 2010.
The Texas Rangers shortstop paced his team into the 2010 playoffs. Of Mexican descent, the American-born 33-year-old slugger had 21 home runs this season.
Veteran reliever Mariano Rivera has helped the New York Yankees’ close out playoff games since 1996. Born in Panama City, Panama, the 40-year-old pitcher had 40 career playoff saves entering the 2010 divisional series.
The Cuban Philadelphia Phillies pitcher has already won a World Series with the Chicago White Sox. The 38-year-old, who had 13 holds in 2010, was born in Las Martinas.
Puerto Rican strikeout pitcher Jonathan Sánchez will throw the same heat that got the San Francisco Giants into the playoffs. The 27-year-old hurler, who hails from Mayagüez, went 13-9 and struck out 205 hitters.
Dominican flamethrower Francisco Liriano was the Comeback Player of the Year. The 26-year-old hurler, who was born in San Cristóbal, had 14 wins and 201 strikeouts in 2010.
Shortstop Alex González covered a lot of defensive ground in 2010 for his Atlanta Braves . The 33-year-old infielder, who was born in Cagua, Venezuela, had a .973 fielding percentage this season.
These Latino stars helped their teams make it to October. Too bad only one will be standing in the end.