Bithorn paved the way for Puerto Rican players

Updated: September 26, 2008, 1:48 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

There are likely to be some stars of Puerto Rican descent in the Major League Baseball playoffs. Chances are Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado will continue to help lead the Mets, while Javier Vazquez and Geovany Soto have fans in Chicago thinking big with the White Sox and Cubs, respectively.

They have followed generations of baseball legends from Puerto Rico in what has become a rich tradition on the island, which has produced more than 250 MLB players. Like most people who know ...

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