Ronald Acuna, Francisco Lindor, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto each brought something to the table, but our Latino Face of Baseball came out ahead in four of the five metrics used to determine the winner.
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The breakout season of the San Diego Padres‘ Fernando Tatis Jr. did more than put him on baseball’s radar. With the 2020s underway in a most unprecedented fashion and a younger generation bucking baseball’s unwritten rules, it made him the clear choice as MLB’s Latino Face of the Decade, as determined through a joint Hispanic Heritage Month collaboration between ESPN Deportes and FiveThirtyEight.
Fittingly, Tatis introduced himself to postseason baseball with two home runs and and one magnificent bat flip Thursday night in an 11-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that evened the best-of-3 NL Wild Card Series at a game apiece.
ESPN’s formula measuring performance, feedback from within the ESPN family, internet search interest and social media presence — plus fan votes on social media — gave the 21-year-old shortstop from the Dominican city of San Pedro de Macoris 104 points. Atlanta Braves Venezuelan outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was the runner-up at 90 points. National League batting