Orlando Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, Edgar Renteria, Ivan Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa & Omar Vizquel named to Latino Baseball Hall of Fame

Felipe Alou and Bernie Williams Announced the 2016 Inductee Class Today Live on MLB Network's The Rundown

The Latino Baseball Hall of Fame today announced that Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, Edgar Renteria, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa and Omar Vizquel are part of its 2016 induction class, which was revealed today on MLB Network by three-time All-Star, 1994 National League Manager of the Year and 2010 Latino Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Felipe Alou and four-time World Series champion and fellow Latino Baseball Hall of Famer Bernie Williams.

For the third consecutive year, Modern Era and Veteran inductees were revealed on MLB Network's The Rundown, hosted by Kelly Nash and Matt Yallof, analyst Cliff Floyd and insider Peter Gammons.

Inaugurated in the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic in 2010, the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame is designed to honor the contribution of Latin American players to the game of baseball and to honor the greats who have been part of its rich history. The 2016 class is comprised of two categories - modern era players (since 1970) and veterans - including the following 11 players, who will be honored during the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Week from December 2-5 2015 in the Dominican Republic:

Modern Era Players (since 1970):

Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez (Cuba) - Four-time World Series champion; career Postseason ERA of 2.55 over 106 innings; 1999 ALCS MVP

Jesse Orosco (Mexico) - Pitched in Major League record 1,252 games; Two-time World Series champion; pitched for nine teams over 24 Major League seasons

Edgar Renteria (Colombia) - Two-time World Series champion; five-time All-Star shortstop; 2010 World Series MVP

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) - 1999 American League MVP; 13-time Gold Glove Award winner at catcher; 2003 World Series champion

Sammy Sosa (Dominican Republic) - 609 career home runs; 1998 National League MVP; Four consecutive seasons of 50 home runs or more

Omar Vizquel (Venezuela) - 11-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop; three-time All-Star; played 24 Major League seasons; 2,968 career games (more than any player born outside the USA)

Veteran Players:

Hiram Bithorn (Puerto Rico) - Pioneer who was first Puerto Rican to play in MLB; 3.16 ERA in 4 MLB seasons & led MLB with 7 shutouts in 1943; pitched for Ponce Lions of Puerto Rico from 1936-41

Emilio Cueche (Venezuela) - 80 wins as pitcher in 12 seasons with Venezuelan League; pitcher/outfielder for Havana Sugar Kings of International League from 1954-60; pitched in 6 Caribbean Series

Conrado "Connie" Marreo (Cuba) - Led Cuba to 3 amateur World Championships; debuted in MLB at age 39 and played 5 seasons with Washington Senators; 1951 All-Star

Federico "Chi-Chi" Olivo (Dominican Republic) - 79 career wins in Dominican League (2nd in league history to brother, Diomedes); 3.96 ERA in 141 career IP with Braves

Enrique Romo (Mexico) - 3.45 ERA in 6 MLB seasons; 3-time champion in 11 seasons pitching in Mexican League

Past Latino Baseball Hall of Fame inductees include 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and MLB Network analyst Pedro Martinez, Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Luis Arroyo, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal, Tony Oliva, Tony Perez and Luis Tiant.