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LatinoMVP

The LatinoMVP awards began in 1989 when the United States Baseball Writers Association (BBWAA) overlooked Ruben Sierra for the MVP of the American League and gave it to Robin Yount of the then Milwaukee Brewers. Yount also had a good year, but it could be said that the young Sierra in his third year with the Texas Rangers had led the league in more offensive categories. Many sportswriters, especially those from Puerto Rico and many in the diaspora with a large concentration of Puerto Ricans and Latinos believe that Sierra should have been the MVP of the American League. It was then when the president of Latino Sports, Julio Pabón, who was in Puerto Rico at that time, learned about the controversy and organized the first award given to a baseball player for his playing ability and called it, the LatinoMVP award. Since that day in 1990, Latino Sports has been organizing the award annually and is recognized as the oldest and most prestigious award given to Latino baseball players. “This award is to allow Latino players to get the recognition they deserve and become the models that many young Latinos should see,” Mr. Pabón said during the awards ceremony in 1990 and still prevails. today.

The awards are given the following season so as not to get them confused with the annual BBWAA awards. We work with the teams to decide on the best time to give the award, usually being during Hispanic Heritage Month. September – October 15th.

 Latino Sports MVP Award Winners (These are winners of the top award. After 2015 we expanded to also award pitchers, relievers/closers and rookies. That list will be appearing here in the future.)

  • 1989 – Ruben Sierra
  • 1990 – Bobby Bonilla
  • 1991 – Julio Franco
  • 1992 – Carlos Baerga
  • 1993 – Juan Gonzalez
  • 1994 – Moises Alou
  • 1995 – Edgar Martinez
  • 1996 – Juan Gonzalez
  • 1997 – Pedro Martinez
  • 1998 – Sammy Sosa & Juan Gonzalez
  • 1999 – Ivan Rodriguez
  • 2000 – Carlos Delgado & Edgardo Alfonso
  • 2001 – Roberto Alomar & Luis Gonzalez
  • 2002 – Alfonso Soriano & Vladimir Guerrero
  • 2003 – Albert Pujols & Ivan Rodríguez NL | Alex Rodríguez AL
  • 2004 – Albert Pujols NL & Vladimir Guerrero AL
  • 2005 – Albert Pujols NL & David Ortiz AL
  • 2006 – Albert Pujols NL & David Ortiz AL
  • 2007 – Albert Pujols NL & Magglio Ordoñez AL
  • 2008 – Albert Pujols NL & Alex Rodríguez AL
  • 2009 – Albert Pujols NL & Miguel Cabrera AL
  • 2010 – Albert Pujols NL & Robinson Cano AL
  • 2011 – Albert Pujols NL & Robinson Cano AL
  • 2012 – Marco Scutaro NL & Miguel Cabrera AL
  • 2013 – Yadier Molina NL & Miguel Cabrera AL
  • 2014 – Giancarlo Cruz Stanton NL & Miguel Cabrera
  • 2015 – Yoenis Cepedes NL & Miguel Cabrera AL
  • 2016 – Yavier Baez NL & Francisco Lindor AL
  • 2017 – Nolan Arenado NL & José Altuve AL
  • 2018 – Javier Báez NL & JD Martínez AL
  • 2019 – Anthony Rendon NL & Gleybar Torres AL
  • 2020 – Fernándo Tatis Jr NL & José Abreu AL

 

 

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