The Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame, established in 1996, honors players from the Caribbean, especially those who have played in the Caribbean Series. Puerto Rico, as the host country in 2011, was the recipient of inductees.
Maldonado appeared in three series during his playing days while Alomar played in four. Baerga led the former Indians inductees with seven appearances, while one final member, former MLB pitcher Luis DeLeon, made a dozen series trips.
The trio join former Indians players Rico Carty, Ruben Gomez, Minnie Minoso, Camilo Pascual, Orlando Pena, Juan Pizarro, Vic Power, Humberto Robinson, Vicente Romo, and Jose Santiago and former Tribe scout Winston Llenas in receiving the honor.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1900 – Willie Kamm is born in San Francisco, California. He will spend his final five years in Cleveland after eight-plus seasons with the Chicago White Sox.
1908 – Wes Ferrell, who was passed over in December of 2015 on the veteran’s committee balloting for the Hall of Fame, is born in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 15-year MLBer spent his first seven seasons in Cleveland and was named to the first All-Star team in 1933.
1938 – Third baseman Max Alvis is born in Jasper, Texas. Eight of his nine MLB seasons came in an Indians uniform spanning the 1960’s decade.
1958 – Ohio native Pat Tabler debuts into the world in Hamilton. “Mr. Clutch”, a former first round pick by the New York Yankees, played in Cleveland from 1983 until his trade to Kansas City in 1988.
1975 – Mark DeRosa, who spent the first half of the 2009 season in Cleveland, is born in Passaic, New Jersey.
1977 – Adam Everett, who concluded his MLB career with 34 games in Cleveland in 2011, is born in Austell, Georgia.
1985 – Reliever Scott Maine, who logged nine innings for the Indians in 2012, is born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
2012 – Cleveland signs free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman.