Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, the Major League Baseball Players Association will be recognizing the contributions of Hispanic players. More than 2,000 players of Hispanic descent have appeared on big-league rosters through Major League Baseball history. This year, about 250 of the 1,200 players on Opening Day rosters came from Latin-American countries. Those players have had an immense impact on the quality, style and culture of the game, and continue to play a major role in expanding the popularity and fan appeal of baseball.
In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, the MLBPA will highlight the role Hispanics play in advancing the game in multiple areas. The celebration begins with Roberto Clemente, the late Pittsburgh Pirates star, Puerto Rican icon, Hall of Famer and humanitarian, and the 2022 recipient of the award that bears his name and honors his legacy.
In coming weeks, the PA will share player-related content that focuses on international play (with the World Baseball Classic), charitable endeavors, the cultural acclimation that many Hispanic players face in their transition to Major League Baseball, and the myriad on-field achievements of Hispanic players today and across generations.
Hispanic Heritage Month lasts 30 days, but the talent, passion and commitment of Hispanic players is on display 365 days a year.