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Mariano Rivera is considered the greatest closer of all-time.

Mariano Rivera is considered the greatest closer of all-time.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, USA TODAY Sports put together All-Latino baseball lineups from throughout Latin America.

The first baseball player from Panama who comes to mind is almost certainly Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees. However, there’s a surprising amount of depth from the other native-born players who have made their marks in the major leagues.

Fellow Hall of Famer Rod Carew, as well as three members of the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ 1979 World Series champions also hail from Panama.

LINKS: Dominican Republic | Venezuela | Cuba | Puerto Rico | Mexico | Rest of Latin America

Here are the players who made the team:

Catcher: Manny Sanguillén, 1967-80

First base: Rod Carew, 1967-85 (Hall of Fame)

Second base: Rennie Stennett, 1971-81

Rennie Stennett played nine seasons with the Pirates, winning a World Series in 1979.Rennie Stennett played nine seasons with the Pirates, winning a World Series in 1979.

Rennie Stennett played nine seasons with the Pirates, winning a World Series in 1979.

Third base: Héctor López, 1955-66

Shortstop: Frankie Austin, 1944-48

Outfield: Ben Oglivie, 1971-86

Outfield: Omar Moreno, 1975-86

Outfield: Roberto Kelly, 1987-2000

Roberto Kelly was a two-time All-Star over his 14-year career.Roberto Kelly was a two-time All-Star over his 14-year career.

Roberto Kelly was a two-time All-Star over his 14-year career.

Designated hitter: Carlos Lee, 1999-2012

Carlos Lee was a three-time All-Star who slugged 358 homers.Carlos Lee was a three-time All-Star who slugged 358 homers.

Carlos Lee was a three-time All-Star who slugged 358 homers.

Utility: Adolfo Phillips, 1964-72

Starting pitcher: Bruce Chen, 1998-2015

Bruce Chen spent 17 seasons in the majors and appeared in 400 games.Bruce Chen spent 17 seasons in the majors and appeared in 400 games.

Bruce Chen spent 17 seasons in the majors and appeared in 400 games.

Starting pitcher: Juan Berenguer, 1978-92

Starting pitcher: Ramiro Mendoza, 1996-2005

Relief pitcher: Mariano Rivera, 1995-2016 (Hall of Fame)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Best Panamanian baseball players: Top MLB stars from Panama

Source: Yahoo Sports

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