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Latino Baseball Centennial in Cincinnati

Today is the 100th anniversary of a Latino baseball milestone. In 1911, Cubans Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida became the first Latino players for the Cincinnati Reds.

The two are sometimes called the first Latino players in the major leagues, but that depends on how major league is defined. The two were preceded by Estevan Bellan in 1871 and Lou Castro in 1902. The two men played professional baseball prior to 1911, but the precise founding date of today’s Major League Baseball is disputed.

In the years before playing for the Reds, Almeida and Marsans played on an all-Cuban team in the Negro Baseball League. Almedia ended his career two years after his debut with the Reds, while Marsans went on to play with three other teams, before ending his career with the New York Yankees. Both players are in the Cuban baseball hall of fame.

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Aroldis Chapman Left in Louisville

The Cincinnati Reds optioned Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman to the Louisville Bats today.  Chapman’s 30 Day rehab clock ran out today, after being placed on the disabled list in May.

Chapman was called up to the Reds as a relief pitcher last season, where he set the record for fastest pitch ever recorded in the MLB.  But early this season he struggled to maintain his performance and was sent back to the minor leagues following an injury.

Chapman suffered some shoulder inflammation in May and he has since bounced between the triple A Louisville Bats and the double A Carolina Mudcats.

Chapman pitched a perfect inning Tuesday night  for the Louisville Bats, but Reds Manager Dusty Baker says he still needs to work through some issues.