Posts Tagged: Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez

Puerto Rico Statehood Commission Demands Seats in Congress

The Puerto Rico Statehood Commission went to Washington to put the Tennessee Plan into operation. The seven members of the Commission: Former Governor Carlos Romero Barcelo Former Governor Pedro Rosselló González Former Governor Luis Fortuño Former Senate President Charlie Rodríguez Colón Baseball Hall of Fame member Iván Rodríguez Torres GOP Committee representative Zoraida Fonalledas Brigadier… Read more »

Alex Cora New Manager for the Red Sox

The Red Sox have a new manager. Alex Cora, leaving the Houston Astros for the Red Sox, was also the General Manager of what is being described as “the Puerto Rico national team.” Puerto Rico is not a nation, so there is no national team, strictly speaking. But “territorial team” doesn’t sound right, so the… Read more »

The Puerto Rico Statehood Commission

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello is committed to making Puerto Rico statehood a reality, now that 97% of Puerto Rico voters have chosen statehood in the most recent referendum in June. The next step toward statehood is for Congress to vote to admit Puerto Rico. Thirty-two U.S. territories have already become U.S. states. After they… Read more »

ESPN Apology Demanded

Jose Fuentes, Chairman of the Puerto Rico Statehood Council, called on ESPN for an apology for their politicized coverage of Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Baseball Hall of Fame member recently named to the Puerto Rico Statehood Council. “Mr. Rojas’ disparagement of pro-statehood American citizens of Puerto Rico has no place in public discourse, and certainly not… Read more »

Preserving Puerto Rico’s Culture

One of the most enduring questions concerning the possibility of Puerto Rico statehood is this: Will Puerto Rico’s culture be threatened under statehood? The threat of assimilation There are about 3.4 million people living in Puerto Rico at this writing. There are about 5 million people of Puerto Rican heritage living in the 50 states…. Read more »

Puerto Rico Moves on Tennessee Plan

Back in 1796, the Territory of Tennessee decided that Congress was moving too slowly on granting them statehood. In a plebiscite, 73% of the voters had favored statehood, and they were ready to take on the rights and responsibilities of a state. The people of Tennessee declared the territory to be a state, elected senators… Read more »

Congress Honors Orlando Victims

On Monday, June 13th, the House of Representatives of the United States observed a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Nearly half the victims of this attack were of Puerto Rican origin. The day before the moment of silence, Alan Grayson (D-FL) spoke, honoring… Read more »

A New Chapter in Puerto Rico’s Baseball Story

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have announced a new league: the Puerto Rico Summer League. MLB.com quotes executive director of the MLBPA Tony Clark as saying, “Puerto Rico has produced some of the greatest players to have played our great game, and the creation of the new summer league honors… Read more »