Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Roberto Alomar


At one time Roberto Alomar was the best player in the game he it for power, he had speed and played
defense the likes of which well, you had to see to believe.Alomar entered the major leagues in 1988 with the Padres, where he was an excellent fielder with speed and a solid bat. Defensively, he displayed excellent lateral range and a powerful arm, often making spectacular plays on ground balls hit deep in the hole between first and second base, and on balls hit up the middle well behind second base. He was an All-Star for the first time in 1990, as a reserve player for the National League.
On December 5, 1990, Alomar and Joe Carter were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernández.[12][13] It was in Toronto that he developed into a premier offensive second baseman, combining a .300-plus batting average with above average power and high end speed on the bases. In 1993, Alomar had his best season with the Jays, producing 17 home runs, 93 RBI and 55 stolen bases, while batting .326, third in the league behind teammates John Olerud and Paul Molitor. He was a central figure in Toronto’s World Series championships in 1992 and 1993; in Game 6 of the 1992 World Series, he scored the series-winning run on Dave Winfield’s two-run double in the 11th inning. Alomar’s game-tying, ninth-inning home run against Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley, in Game 4 of the 1992 American League Championship Series, is considered by many as the most important hit in the club’s history,[14] as the team’s three previous trips to the ALCS had ended in disappointment; he was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.[7] In each of his five seasons with the Blue Jays, Alomar was on the All-Star team and won the Gold Glove Award. His .307 career batting average as a Blue Jay is a franchise record, and he was the Blue Jays Player of the Year in 1991, 1992 and 1995.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes …Roberto Alomar.

MLB debut

April 22, 1988 for the San Diego Padres

Last MLB appearance

September 5, 2004 for the Chicago White Sox

Career statistics

Batting average

.300

Hits

2,724

Home runs

210

Runs batted in

1,134

Stolen bases

474

Teams

San Diego Padres (1988–1990)
Toronto Blue Jays (1991–1995)
Baltimore Orioles (1996–1998)
Cleveland Indians (1999–2001)
New York Mets (2002–2003)
Chicago White Sox (2003)
Arizona Diamondbacks (2004)
Chicago White Sox (2004)

Career highlights and awards

12× All-Star (1990–2001)
2× World Series champion (1992, 1993)
ALCS MVP (1992)
10× Gold Glove Award (1991–1996, 1998–2001)
4× Silver Slugger Award (1992, 1996, 1999, 2000)
All-Star Game MVP (1998)
Toronto Blue Jays #12 retired
Toronto Blue Jays Level of Excellence
Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame

Member of the National

Baseball Hall of Fame

Induction

2011

Vote

90.0% (second ballot

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays ...it is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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