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Nestor Cortes presented 2022 American League LatinoMVP Pitcher Award

Nestor Cortes was presented his one-of-a-kind LatinoMVP award by Latino Sports founder Julio Pabón with our exclusive LatinoMVP award artists James Fiorentino and Maz Adams on hand - Image Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports


Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes received his 2022 American League LatinoMVP Pitcher Award in a special on-the-field ceremony prior to the Blue Jays-Yankees game on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. 

The LatinoMVP is recognized as the most prestigious and oldest award exclusively given to Latino baseball players, dating back to 1990. On top of that, several players and coaches view the LatinoMVP, in reference to a “Latin Grammy of Baseball,” and have stated how winning our award is one of the highest career achievements on their list. 

Maz Adams, Nestor Cortes, James Fiorentino and Julio Pabón during Nestor’s 2022 AL LatinoMVP Pitcher Award Presentation – Image Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports

In promoting Latinos to the highest degree on-and-off the diamond, Latino Sports, the Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association, and Major League Baseball, prefer and plan ahead in presenting LatinoMVP winners with their one-of-a-kind award the following season — during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th), in front of their respective team’s home crowd.

Nestor Cortes, recipient of 2022 American League LatinoMVP Pitcher award – Image Credit: Bill Menzel/Latino Sports

Cortes, a 28-year-old southpaw, who was born in Surgidero de Batabanó, Cuba, and raised in Hialeah, Florida, encapsulated on a LatinoMVP campaign throughout 2022 — posting career-highs in nearly every statistical category while rising up as a fan-favorite, not just in the Bronx, but for all of those watching from across the United States and of course, in the Caribbean as well as in Latin America. 

Nasty Nestor’s 2022 LatinoMVP Numbers

12-4 record in 28 starts

2.44 ERA 

158.1 Innings Pitched

163 Strikeouts

0.92 WHIP

.189 Opponent Batting Average

All of us here at Latino Sports and in the Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association, immediately took ‘Nasty Nestor,’ into account this past offseason once the LatinoMVP Award voting process began… 

And in the long-run, Cortes defeated 2022 American League LatinoMVP Pitcher nominees — Framber Valdez, and Cristian Javier of the Houston Astros, Martín Pérez of the Texas Rangers, and Alek Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

“It feels great. It’s such a prestigious award for us Latino players and I’m here for it,” Cortes said. “I was super excited to be nominated and humbled to be nominated. I won it, and I’m very happy about it.” 

On behalf of all of us here at Latino Sports, the Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association, and Major League Baseball, congratulations to Nestor on his LatinoMVP career milestone! 

33rd Annual Latino MVP Awards – Image Credit: Latino Sports

MARK THOSE CALENDARS: 33rd Annual LatinoMVP Award Presentation Schedule!

September 15th (Roberto Clemente Day) — New York Mets, Citi Field: Edwin Díaz, N.L. LatinoMVP Relief/Closer and Cleveland Guardians, Progressive Field: Emmanuel Clase, A.L. LatinoMVP Relief/Closer

Maz Adams, Artist and Julio Pabón, Latino Sports President, with Edwin Díaz during his 2022 NL LatinoMVP Relief/Closer Award presentation – Image Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Emmanuel Clase and Robert Rizzo in pregame LatinoMVP presentation – Image Credit: Cleveland Guardians/MLB

September 17th — Seattle Mariners, T-Mobile Park: Julio Rodríguez, A.L LatinoMVP Rookie

Latino Sports representative Michelle Davila and Julio Rodríguez during his 2022 AL LatinoMVP Rookie Award presentation – Image Credit: Seattle Mariners/MLB

September 19th — Miami Marlins, loanDepot Park: Sandy Alcántara, N.L. LatinoMVP Pitcher

Sandy Alcántara receives his 2022 National League LatinoMVP Pitcher Award by Latino Sports South Florida Representative German DuBois III at loanDepot Park – Image Credit: Jasen Vinlove/Miami Marlins

September 20th — New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium: Nestor Cortes, A.L. LatinoMVP Pitcher

September 22nd — Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park: Yordan Álvarez, A.L. LatinoMVP

September 23rd — San Diego Padres, Petco Park: Manny Machado, N.L. LatinoMVP

To Be Announced — Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park: Oneil Cruz, N.L. LatinoMVP Rookie

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  1. Michelle Davila

    September 21, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Those artists, Maz and James, capture the essence of each player and what makes them unique. The portraits are so special to the players because it is clear that they are made con cariño y respecto. (fondness and respect). Thank you Latino Sports for sharing these unique works of art and spotlighting our athletes and artists!

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