Today We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Our LatinoMVP & Community Recognition Awards • Latino Sports


Today We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Our LatinoMVP & Community Recognition Awards


New York, NY – Today we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with our awards to NY Yankee closer Dellin Betances for his LatinoMVP Award & Recognition Awards to four Puerto Rican Players who played for team Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC).

Latino Sports and the Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association (LSWBA) are proud to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month by awarding NY Yankee Closer, Dellin Betances his third LatinoMVP award and continuing our goal of honoring every player who played for Team Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC).

The LatinoMVP awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards given to Latino baseball players since 1989. This will be the third LatinoMVP award to Betances. His predecessor, Mariano Rivera had won a record seven awards. Betances will receive a commissioned art piece done by nationally recognized artist, James Fiorentino.

In addition, we have invited four Puerto Rican players from the visiting Minnesota Twins organization that played for Team Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic to receive our special Recognition Awards.

We have been honoring every player and coach that played in the 2017 WBC. It’s a known fact that the pride felt by every Puerto Rican watching those games transferred to the everyday lives of so many on the island who were and still are struggling to survive from the worst financial crisis in its history. It was a breath of fresh air that the island needed badly.

We believe that by honoring these players and coaches we could continue to remind all Puerto Ricans on the island and on the mainland, the lessons of unity. If we all united around Team Puerto Rico and forgot our problems and differences then perhaps we can unite to address the critical conditions affecting the island today.

The following Minnesota Twins players have been invited: José Berríos, Eddie Rosario, Kennys Vargas and Hector Santiago to receive their exclusive award, an artistic caricature done by renowned sports illustrator, John Pennisi. Every player who has received his recognition award has been pleasantly surprised and appreciative.

The awards luncheon will take place today at Marisco Centro Restaurant 610 Exterior Street.

Players who have already received their Recognition awards are:

Yadier Molina, St Louis Cardinals; Seth Lugo, Rene Rivera, TJ Rivera, NY Mets; Edwin Díaz, Seattle Mariners; Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

Special thanks to: Major League Baseball, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and Latino Sports for their support to this event

About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer's as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.