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Raffi rages on the ice, Pudge says ‘Adios’ to baseball

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Happy Friday, everyone! As we draw down another week, let’s take a quick glimpse into what’s been happening in the world of Latino sports.

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Raffi Torres lets loose; suspended indefinitely
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raphael ‘Raffi’ Torres was suspended indefinitely this week following a brutal illegal hit against Chicago Blackhawk wing Marian Hossa. The hit came during a playoff game between the two rivals this past Wednesday night as Torres charged Hossa, both feet leaving the ice and knocking Hossa to the ground. He was immediately taken out of the game on a stretcher and Torres found himself indefinitely suspended, pending a league review. Officials for the Blackhawks maintain that Hossa should be okay to return to play in the near future, but Phoenix now holds a 2-1 lead advantage in this round.

This kind of behavior is unfortunately not uncharacteristic of Torres, an embattled player of Mexican and Peruvian descent. Last year while playing for the Vancouver Canucks, he issued a similar injury to Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle – what appears to be a deliberate attack to the head. He was suspended for four games following this incident. Torres also found himself under scrutiny last Halloween, as he and his wife donned blackface makeup in order to dress like rapper Jay-Z and singer Beyonce. The costumes were immediately deemed racist, but Torres maintained that he is simply a fan who wanted to pay tribute.

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Ivan Rodriguez retires; does Cooperstown await?
This week the Texas Rangers announced that longtime catcher and Latino icon Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez signed a one-day deal with the team, with the intent to retire from Major League Baseball this coming Monday. This news was preceded by an offseason where Rodriguez attempted to find a new team after being let go by the Washington Nationals last November. At the age of 40, Rodriguez’s offensive skills and speed were on the decline, but still ranked as one of the top defensive catchers in the game. He hoped to catch on with a team in a reserve role, but his efforts at free agency were fruitless.

Pudge ends his career with a very respectable stat line of .296/.344/.464 – a record of great hitting collected over a 21 year career. During his major league tenure, Rodriguez collected 2844 hits, 311 homers, 10 Gold Gloves, six Silver Sluggers, 10 All-Star appearances, and was the AL MVP in 1999. With such a productive and illustrious career, one would think that he would be a lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame. There has been some doubt cast on this notion, as Rodriguez did his most prodigious work during the infamous ‘Steroids Era’ of baseball. He was never named directly during his career, but it has been implicated that he did use performance enhancing drugs, perhaps even during his time with the Texas Rangers. Such allegations might throw his Hall entrance into question, as now that the steroid era players are reaching eligibility, they have generally voted against or not included players who reportedly used PEDs.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Pudge is leaving?! I’m not surprised, he’s been trying to stay in the game for a while. Have a lot of respect for him.

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