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Dominican Baseball Players in the World Series

Pedro Guerrero swings away in the 1981 World Series

Of the 457 major league baseball players to date born in the Dominican Republic, only 67 of them have appeared in a World Series.  Of those 67, only 36 have gotten into games for the triumphant winners.  They are:

JULIAN JAVIER – 2B – 1964 & 1967 Cardinals

MATEO ALOU – OF – 1972 A’s

JESUS ALOU – OF – 1973 & 1974 A’s

PEDRO BORBON – RHP – 1975 & 1976 Reds

CESAR GERONIMO – OF – 1975 & 1976 Reds

PEDRO GUERRERO – OF – 1981 Dodgers

JOAQUIN ANDUJAR – RHP – 1982 Cardinals

RAFAEL SANTANA – SS – 1986 Mets

JOSE GONZALEZ – OF – 1988 Dodgers

ALFREDO GRIFFIN – SS – 1988 Dodgers, 1992 & 1993 Blue Jays 

ALEJANDRO PENA – RHP – 1988 Dodgers & 1995 Braves

STAN JAVIER – OF – 1989 Athletics

MARIANO DUNCAN – 2B-  1990 Reds & 1996 Yankees

JOSE RIJO – RHP – 1990 Reds

JUAN GUZMAN – RHP – 1992 & 1993 Blue Jays

MANNY LEE – SS – 1992 Blue Jays

TONY FERNANDEZ – SS – 1993 Blue Jays

RAFAEL BELLIARD – SS – 1995 Braves

PEDRO BORBON, Jr. – LHP – 1995 Braves

LUIS POLONIA – OF – 1995 Braves & 2000 Yankees

ANTONIO ALFONSECA – RHP – 1997 Marlins

FELIX HEREDIA – LHP – 1997 Marlins

JOSE VIZCAINO – IF – 2000 Yankees

MIGUEL BATISTA – RHP – 2001 Diamondbacks

DANNY BAUTISTA – OF – 2001 Diamondbacks

RAMON ORTIZ – RHP – 2002 Angels

LUIS CASTILLO – 2B – 2003 Marlins

JUAN ENCARNACION – OF –  2003 Marlins & 2006 Cardinals

PEDRO MARTINEZ – RHP – 2004 Red Sox

DAVID ORTIZ – DH – 2004 Red Sox

MANNY RAMIREZ – OF – 2004 Red Sox

DAMASO MARTE – LHP – 2005 White Sox

TIMO PEREZ – OF – 2005 White Sox

JUAN URIBE – SS – 2005 White Sox

LUIS VIZCAINO – RHP – 2005 White Sox

ALBERT PUJOLS – 1B – 2006 Cardinals

The record for most Dominican-born players participating in a single World Series is eight; accomplished in both 1995 and 2005.  The 2006 Tigers set a record for one team by playing five Dominicans in last year’s fall classic.

All three Alou brothers – Felipe, Mateo & Jesus- appeared in the World Series, as did Felipe’s son Moises, though he was born in Georgia.  Pedro Borbon and his son Pedro, Jr. each played for championship clubs, as did Julian Javier and his son Stan. 

Pedro Guerrero was one of four Dodgers named co-MVP of the 1981 World Series, while Jose Rijo and Manny Ramirez are his only countrymen to win the award outright. 

Since this year’s Colorado Rockies feature outfielder Willy Taveras and rookie pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, and a third of the Red Sox starting nine (Ortiz, Ramirez & Julio Lugo) plus pitcher Julian Tavarez were born in the D.R., the 2007 World Series will be the eighth in a row featuring Dominican members of the winning team. 

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Pitchers from the Dominican have fared significantly better than hitters in World Series play.  In a little more than 900 plate appearances, Dominicans have combined to bat .231 with a .293 on-base percentage and .330 slugging percentage.  That’s a miserable .623 OPS.  The pitchers, on the other hand, worked to a 2.81 composite ERA, with a 120:68 strikeout-to-walk ratio and just 137 hits allowed in more than 150 innings.  They’ve won nine and lost nine, saved four and also blown four saves.

Here are the all-time best (and worst) Dominican-born performers in the World Series:

batting 

GAMES:  21 – Ra. Belliard, 19 – J. Javier, 18- C. Geronimo

AT BATS:  62 – M.Duncan, 61 – M. Ramirez, 57 – C. Geronimo

RUNS:  7 – M. Duncan, C. Geronimo & M. Ramirez

HITS:  18 – J.Javier, 15 – T. Fernandez & M. Ramirez

DOUBLES:  4 – J. Javier, 3 – A. Pujols & Ju. Uribe

TRIPLES:  1 by five players

HOME RUNS – 4 – Ramirez, 2 – Geronimo, P. Guerrero & A. Soriano

RBI:  13 – T. Fernandez, 12 – M. Ramirez, 7 – by four players

WALKS:  13 – M. Ramirez, 6 – C. Geronimo & A. Pujols

STRIKEOUTS:  16 – A. Soriano, 13 – M. Duncan & M. Ramirez

STOLEN BASES:  5 – M. Duncan, 3 – C. Geronimo, 1 – 9 players

CAUGHT STEALING:  2 – J. Javier & A. Soriano, 1 – 6 players

BATTING (25 AB):  .395 – Fernandez, .357 – T. Pena, .333 – J. Javier

worst:  .139 – Mt. Alou, .154 – L. Castillo, .188 – Ra. Belliard

OBP (25 PA):  .432 – T. Fernandez, .419 – T. Pena, .405 – A. Pujols

worst:  .154 – L. Castillo, .205 – Mt. Alou, .206 – Ra. Belliard

SLG (25 PA):  .467 – A. Pujols, .463 – J. Javier, .447 – T. Fernandez

worst:  .154 – L. Castillo, .167 – Mt. Alou, .219 – Ra. Belliard

pitching

GAMES:  10 – P. Borbon, 7 – J. Mesa, A. Pena & J. Tavarez

STARTS:  3 – J. Andujar & Ju. Guzman, 2 – J. Rijo

ERA (10 ip):  0.59 – J. Rijo, 2.38 – A. Pena, 2.70 – Ju. Guzman

WINS:  2 – J. Andujar & J. Rijo, 1 – by five pitchers

LOSSES:  2 – A. Pena, 1 – by seven pitchers

SAVES:  2 – J. Mesa, 1 – A. Benitez & P. Borbon, Jr.

BLOWN SAVES:  1 – Benitez, Mesa, A. Pena & F. Rodney

INNINGS:  20 – Ju. Guzman, 17 – J. Andujar, 15.1 – J. Rijo

WALKS:  9 – Ju. Guzman, A. Pena, 5 – by four pitchers

STRIKEOUTS:  19 – Ju. Guzman, 14 – A. Pena & J. Rijo

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