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Based on WAR, can you name the all-time best MLB players born in any South American country? (See How-to)

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Position (Country)PlayerBrief-Bio
C (Ven.)(WAR 22.36) Missed the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John. He's an amazing catcher, who made 6 All Star games and won 5 Gold Gloves since 2013. He never missed a game in the post-season in 2014-15, and won the World Series MVP in '15.
1B (Ven.)(WAR 69.43) An 11x All Star with FLA & DET. He won the Triple Crown in 2012 (the first since 1967). Hit .320 or better in 9 of 17 seasons. Won back-to-back AL MVP's in 2012 and '13. Played games at 1B, 3B, DH, and OF.
2B (Ven.)(WAR 38.45) 6x All Star who won the MVP in 2017. Played his whole career (from 2011-now) for HOU, and is already 6th in total hits for the franchise. He's a .314 career hitter who has 3 AL batting titles.
SS (Ven.)(WAR 55.84) The only South American to currently be in the Hall-of-Fame, 'Little Louie' made 13 All Star games. He led the AL in steals from 1956-'64, and won 9 Gold Gloves. Played 10 of his 18 years with CWS, but made an All Star team with BAL & BOS as well.
3B (Ven.)(WAR 28.20) Mets infielder (3B & 2B) from 1995-2002, making the All Star game in 2000. In 2000 vs. STL he hit .444 in the NLCS. He then moved on to SFG, where he had 201 RBI in 3 seasons.
OF (Ven.)(WAR 60.03) 2x All Star who starred with PHI and NYY from 1998-2008 before moving on to LAA. Won the Home Run Derby in 2005. Had 2,470 hits and over 1,350 RBI and Runs scored in his career.
OF (Ven.)(WAR 38.73) 6x All Star who played for CWS and DET, playing mostly in RF, from 1997-2011. He won a Batting Title for DET in '07 (was 2nd for MVP that year). He had over 2,000 career hits.
OF (Ven.)(WAR 28.25) Starred for MIN from 1966-'72. In '68 he played every single position (including starting one game at pitcher).
DH (Ven.)(WAR 32.34) 5x All Star for CLE, BOS, and DET. Hit .295 for his career, but .315 in the post-season. Played games at C, DH, and 1B. Was on DET from 2011-'18 when he retired.
SP (Ven.)(WAR 51.65) 2x Cy Young winner for the Twins in 2004 & '06. 3x won the ERA title, and 3x had the most K's in the AL. A 4x All Star who moved from MIN to NYM in 2008.
SP (Ven.)(WAR 50.03) Cy Young winner in 2010 (was 2nd twice in '09 and '14). Pitched his whole career for the Mariners, and is Seattle's all time leader in Wins, Pitching WAR, Starts, and K's.
SP (Ven.)(WAR 43.87) 3x All Star with CHC who also won 3 Silver Slugger awards (had 24 HR and 78 RBI in his career). Went 125-81 for CHC from 2001-'11, and led the NL in wins once. He walked a lot of batters, having almost 900 in his career, and leading the NL in BB's twice.
SP (Ven.)(WAR 34.19) The Rock's doppelganger, he was a 2x All Star with SEA. He was also on the 2005 CWS World Champions. He was 6-3 in the post-season, and went 18-6 for the 2001 Mariners.
SP (Ven.)(WAR 28.75) In his rookie season, 2006, he had a no-hitter and went 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA. From 2006-'17 he pitched for FLA & DET. In 2013 he won the AL ERA title. He currently is a member of the Nationals.
RP (Ven.)(WAR 23.64) Pitched for TOR and LAA from 1997-2009. He switched back and forth from closer to starter for TOR where he had 38 saves in 2002. He won 102 games, and had an impressive 2.14 K's per BB in his career.
RP (Ven.)(WAR 24.96) Came up as a promising starter for CWS where he pitched from 1991-'97. He won 102 games in his career, and won 15 games twice for CWS ('93, and '96). He made an All Star game in 1994.
RP (Ven.)(WAR 14.07) 2nd in games pitched by any South American pitcher. He pitched for CLE from 2003-'09 when he was traded to COL. He was there from '09-'15. He was mainly a set-up man before 2012 when he was the Rockies' closer, saving 47 games in 2 seasons.
CP (Ven.)(WAR 13.27) Closer for MON & BOS, going to an All Star game once for each team. He had 237 career saves, but his career took a back seat to his personal life. In 2004 his mother was kidnapped, and in 2005 he was sent to jail for attempted murder.
CP (Ven.)(WAR 23.88) Was a phenom for the 2002 Angels, helping them to the World Championship. In 2008 he had 62 saves, which is the all time record for a single-season. He is currently 4th all time with 437 saves.
SS (Ven.)(WAR 45.57) Arguably the best defensive SS since Ozzie Smith or Mark Belanger, the 24-year professional had 2,877 hits and 1,445 runs in his long career. He had 11 Gold Gloves, and is 1st at total games at SS and has the most double-plays turned in history.
SS (Ven.)(WAR 40.12) 9x All Stat shortstop for the 'Big Red Machine' of the 70's. Has the highest Defensive WAR in Reds history (and they had Johnny Bench)! He's 3rd behind Pete Rose and Barry Larkin for hits as a Cincinnati Red.
SS (Col.)(WAR 32.34) A 5x All Star who won 2 World Championships ('97 FLA, 2010 SF where he won the World Series MVP). He won back to back Gold Gloves in 2002-'03 for STL. Had 2,327 hits and 1,200 runs in his career.
1B (Ven.)(WAR 31.71) 'The Big Cat' came up with the Expos, where he starred from 1985-1991. He then moved onto the Rockies where he had 172 HR's and 579 RBI in 5 seasons in Coors.
SS (Ven.)(WAR 31.32) A 2x All Star who has played his whole career with TEX (2009-'19). At 299 has the most Stolen Bases for the TEX franchise.
3B/OF (Ven.)(WAR 28.26) 2x All Star for the Orioles where he played from 2000-'09. In his 10 years in Baltimore, he averaged 16 HR's and 66 RBI. He started his career with NYM before being traded to BAL in 2000.

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