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If it's up to the new Hall of Famer, the star third baseman will remain with the Boston Red Sox for a very long time.

"As a fan, watching the game, you always expect him to come through," he said. I hope they make the right choice about him.

We need to keep him around. The face of that organization is right now. No one can argue that.

After this season, he will be eligible for free agency. The two-time All-Star could become a trade candidate if he and his representatives can't agree on a long-term contract with the Red Sox.

He doesn't like the idea of the Red Sox having a part in the movie.

"When I first saw him in the big leagues, I told the Red Sox to let him in," he said. One of the top hitters right now is Hester. I'm absolutely certain that it's not'might'.

The Dominican Republic has become a breeding ground for baseball talent in recent years. According to baseball-reference.com, a Dominican-born player with 541 career homers is fourth on the all-time list.

He is off to a great start, but he has a long way to go. He has a half-season left to add to his total of 131 homers, which is fourth on the list of Dominican-born hitters.

The American League's starting third baseman for the All-Star Game in Los Angeles is batting.325 with 19 homers and 51 runs.

It's like I've never left when I see him. At such a young age, he looks unstoppable. Things are going well for him.

The praise comes from a man who said that current players don't seek out advice from the greats of the game.

"We have the 'Mamba' type of mentality about the game, and that's what I am," he said. The game was played in a tough way.

Baseball has the best talent of all time, but it's not the only thing.

On the other hand, he has a lot of talent, which meshes nicely with his old school mentality.

I'm expecting something when I watch him. You can't compare him to myself because he doesn't waste any at-bats. He expects to do something when he walks to the plate.

There is a mix of excitement and fatigue when a player is on the verge of being in the Hall of Fame.

"No B.S., I know this is a once-in-life type of thing but, man, so much stress, you know." Everything that comes along with family traveling, friends and the country chasing you. It's a lot of work, but I'm looking forward to it.