Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Alomar Rides Tidal Wave Into Hall

Roberto Alomar was heart broken last January when, despite first ballot Hall of Fame credentials, he fell short of the required 75% vote tally for entrance. One year later Alomar can rejoice after being elected to the Hall with a 90% total of the vote.

Perhaps some Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voters held his infamous spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck against him in 2010. Today they made things right.

Alomar posted a .300 career average over 17 seasons with a career .814 OPS. He topped 500 doubles, 200 home runs, 1000 RBI (1,134), and stole 474 bases. Topping his offensive production was his highlight reel defense at 2nd base. It helped him earn 10 Gold Glove awards, including a streak of six straight seasons in which he took home the award. His play included seven season in which he made less than 10 errors.

Alomar was a 12 time All-Star and won the 1992 ALCS MVP award en route to back to back World Series titles as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. His career also included a lifetime .311 post-season batting average with Toronto, Baltimore, and Cleveland.

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