Sunday, September 4, 2011

Player Profile: Moises Alou

I have 57 cards of Moises Alou. This one is from 1997 Flair Showcase.

Playing career: Moises Alou played seventeen seasons in the major leagues for the Pirates, Expos, Marlins, Astros, Cubs, Giants and Mets. A corner outfielder with power and a .303 lifetime average, he was a six-time All-Star who twice finished in the top three in MVP voting. In the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, his leadoff single against Jose Mesa sparked a come-from-behind Series-winning rally for the Marlins.

My memories: I remember him as kind of an under-the-radar star in the National League for many years. Of course, my most prominent memory of him is as the Cubs left fielder who was robbed of a catch by fan Steve Bartman to help lose the pennant for the Cubs in 2003.

Where he is now: General Manager of the Dominican team Leones del Escogido.

Interesting stories: Alou has had more than his share of tragedies – his brother died in a drowning accident in 1976, and in 1995 his father-in-law and brother-in-law were shot to death in a robbery attempt in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. On a lighter note, he owns sixty horses, his favorite actor is Tom Cruise, and his favorite TV show is The Price is Right, according to a 2003 Baseball Digest profile.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Mois, between Moist Banana Bread, a bread recipe, and Moissanite Engagement Rings, a type of jewelry. There do not appear to be any other prominent Moises Alous.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Dell Alston.

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