It is well known that Robinson was the first African-American to play in the big leagues, and that he opened the door for all the black baseball players after him. However, Latin baseball players have also seen Robinson as a pioneer, because before him there were very few Latin players admitted into MLB.
There were some Latin players that played in the big leagues, often because they "looked" white, but for the most part Jackie Robinson is the reason that Latin baseball players were later admitted into the league. And current players know this.
Giants Venezuelan outfielder Gregor Blanco summed up what Jackie Robinson day means to Latin baseball players:
"This is a very special day for all Latin players," Blanco said. "It means a lot to be able to wear his number. He opened up opportuntiies for eveyone and not only helped baseball but also helped the world."Elsewhere, Dominican player Robinson Cano celebrated in New York, as other Dominicans throughout the league surely did. Robinson Cano is from San Pedro de Macoris, the major baseball city in the Dominican Republic.
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