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THE GREATEST SECOND BASEMAN EVER!


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Career
San Diego Padres
After Alomar signed with the San Diego Padres, he played in the minors.[6] His first year was 1985.[6] In 1986, he won the batting championship in the California League with a .346 average.[6]
Alomar broke into the Major Leagues in 1988 with the Padres, where he was regarded as 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.[6]
Toronto Blue Jays
Roberto Alomar is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays' Level of Excellence.
On December 5, 1990, he and Joe Carter were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernández.[7][8] 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 he batted .326, third in the league behind teammates John Olerud, and Paul Molitor. He was a large part of Toronto's World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Next to Joe Carter's World Series-winning shot in 1993, his home run against Dennis Eckersley in the 1992 ALCS is considered by many as the most important hit in the club's history, as all of the team's previous trips to the ALCS had ended in disappointment; Alomar was the MVP of the ALCS.[6] In each of his five seasons with the Blue Jays, Alomar was on the All-Star team, and won the Gold Glove award.
On March 20, 2008, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Alomar would be elevated to the Level of Excellence at Toronto's Rogers Centre, joining such Blue Jay legends as George Bell, Joe Carter and Tony Fernández. Alomar also announced that if he is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame he would like to go in wearing a Blue Jays hat, which would make him the first player to do so. On April 4, 2008, Alomar's name and number were added to the Level of Excellence at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, along with former team executive Paul Beeston, prior to the 2008 home opener. Alomar and Beeston were presented commissioned portraits at the ceremony.
Baltimore Orioles
In 1995, Alomar signed with the Baltimore Orioles at a time when Toronto was moving to rebuild and Baltimore was building toward a championship-calibre team. In Baltimore, Alomar paired with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. to form a formidable double-play combination. He would play again in the playoffs in 1996 and 1997 for the Orioles, although the Orioles were defeated in the American League Championship Series in both years.
Spitting incident
On September 27, 1996, during a game against his former team, the Blue Jays, Alomar got into a heated argument over a called third strike with umpire John Hirschbeck and spat in his face. He defended himself by saying Hirschbeck had uttered a racial slur and that Hirschbeck had been bitter since one son had died of ALD and another had been recently diagnosed as well. Upon hearing this public disclosure of his private life, Hirschbeck had to be physically restrained from confronting Alomar in the players' locker room.[9]
Alomar was suspended for the first five regular season games in 1997 and donated $50,000 to ALD research. Alomar and Hirschbeck settled their differences publicly and made apologies to each other on April 22, 1997, standing at home plate and shaking hands in front of the crowd before an Orioles game. Regarding the incident at his retirement, Alomar said, "That, to me, is over and done. It happened over nine years ago. We are now great friends. We have done some things with charity. God put us maybe in this situation for something. But I think people who know me, people who have had the chance to be with me on the same team, know what kind of person I am. Anything I ever did wrong, I would confront it and now it is OK."
Cleveland Indians
On November 24, 1998, Alomar signed 4 year contract with the Cleveland Indians,[8] joining his brother, Sandy Jr. It was in Cleveland that Roberto would have two of his finest seasons—and perhaps two of the finest seasons ever for a second baseman. In 1999 he hit .323/.422/.533 with 24 HRs, 120 RBI and 37 stolen bases, and in 2001 he collected .336/.415/.541, 20, 100 and 30. Cleveland would make the playoffs in 1998 and lose in the ALCS to the Yankees, and in 1999 they also made the playoffs only to lose to Boston in the ALDS. Alomar finished third in MVP voting in 1999.
On the field, Alomar teamed with shortstop Omar Vizquel to form another decorated middle infield combination. In 2000, with Vizquel committing just three errors all season long, the entire infield committed 34 errors—just one more than the record set by the New York Mets infield the year before. As a result, Vizquel, Alomar and third baseman Travis Fryman each won the Gold Glove Award that season, and the Vizquel-Alomar duo won three consecutive Gold Gloves together, joining a select list of only eight shortstop-second baseman duos to have accomplished this feat in the same year.
He was traded to the New York Mets before the 2002 season for pitcher Billy Traber and outfielders Matt Lawton and Alex Escobar to the Indians.
Last Years
In 2002, Alomar hit only .266/.331/.376 with 53 RBI and 73 runs scored while falling apart defensively at second base. The Mets were puzzled by Alomar's mediocre play, which is generally attributed to his lack of comfort with being under the scrutiny of the New York fans and media. However, not even a midseason trade back to the American League to the Chicago White Sox in 2003 could revive Alomar from his funk. There was more misery ahead with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004, after missing two months with a broken right hand. On August 5, he returned to the White Sox, and finished hitting just .263/.321/.392 in 56 games.
Alomar agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for the 2005 season. However, on March 19, 2005, after a spring plagued by back and vision trouble, he decided to retire from the game.
In a 17-year career, Alomar was a .300/.371/.443 hitter with 210 home runs and 1,134 RBI in 2,379 games. He is 51st all-time with 2,724 career hits.
Hall of Fame candidacy
In his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility, 2010, Alomar missed induction by eight votes, garnering 73.7% of the vote. 405 votes were necessary for election. He remains eligible to be inducted by the BBWAA until 2024.[10]
On June 19, 2010, Alomar was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario.[11]
Lawsuits & claims that Alomar has HIV/AIDS
In January 2009, Ilya Dall, an ex-girlfriend filed a $15 million lawsuit claiming that Alomar lied to her about his HIV status so they could have unprotected sex.[12] Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Alomar issued a statement responding to the allegations by saying that he was "in very good health" and that the lawsuit was "filled with lies."[13] That May, the lawsuit was voluntarily withdrawn after a settlement was reached.[14] In October 2010 his wife, Maria Del Pilar "Maripily" Rivera Alomar, sued him with similar allegations. [15]
Career milestones
In his career, Alomar established milestones for a second baseman, including:
  • making twelve straight All-Star teams (1990–2001)
  • winning a record ten gold gloves at second base (1991–96, 1998–2001)
  • batting over .300 nine times (1992–1997, 1999–2001)
  • posting an OBP over .400 five times (1992–93, 1996, 1999, 2001)
  • scoring 100 or more runs six times (1992–93, 1996, 1999–2001)
  • driving in 100 or more runs twice (1999, 2001)
  • stealing 30 or more bases eight times (1989, 1991–93, 1995, 1999–2001)
  • winning four Silver Slugger awards (1992, 1996, 1999–2000)
  • set the record with brother Sandy for most combined All-Star appearances with 14
See also
 
· ^ Porter, David L. (2004). Latino and African American athletes today: a biographical dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 20. ISBN 9780313320484. http://books.google.com/books?id=0LSZX4z6WZAC&pg=PA10. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
· ^ "12-time All-Star retires; has back, vision problems". ESPN. Associated Press (ESPN Internet Ventures). March 19, 2005. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5gzjpvQ2m. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
· ^ Namee, Matthew (June 28, 2004). "Roberto Alomar: A Forgotten Legend?". The Hardball Times. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5gzk6lMtb. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
· ^ "Silver Slugger Award Winners - National League". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5gzlBS56y. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
· ^ Van Hyning, Thomas E.; Eduardo Valero (2004). Puerto Rico's Winter League: A History of Major League Baseball's Launching Pad. McFarland. p. 111. ISBN 9780786419708. http://books.google.ca/books?id=ce8wlREHG_0C&pg=PA111. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
· ^ a b c d e f Britton, John A (2002) [1992]. Dawson, Dawn P. ed. Great Athletes. 1 (Revised ed.). Salem Press. pp. 49–51. ISBN 1-58765-008-8
· ^ Wolpin, Stewart; Robinson, James G. "Roberto Alomar". BaseballLibrary.com. Idea Logical Company. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5gzmIRwYw. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
· ^ a b "Roberto Alomar from the Chronology". BaseballLibrary.com. Idea Logical Company. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5gzmefPWM. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
· ^ Wulf, Steve (June 24, 2001). "The Spit Hits The Fan". Time Magazine. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,134797,00.html. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 


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