Friday, September 2, 2011

Player Profile: Sandy Alomar Jr.

I have 69 cards of Sandy Alomar Jr. This one is from 1993 SP.

Playing career: Sandy Alomar Jr. was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1990, but injuries robbed him of the chance to build on that early success. He played in 132 games that year; though he played another 16 seasons after that he never reached that total again; only reaching 100 games in a year three more times.

My memories: My memory, of course, is the home run he hit off of Mariano Rivera to defeat the Yankees in the 1997 ALDS. Many pitchers in Rivera’s place, as a first-year closer giving up a series-losing home run, would have been destroyed, but not Mariano. Alomar had a great 1997 regular season and post-season that showed flashes of what could have been.

Where he is now: First base coach for the Cleveland Indians.

Google Autocomplete Results: He is fourth when you type Sandy Alo, between Sandy Alomar Sr., his father, and Sandy Alomar Rookie Card, which was in 1965 Topps. There do not appear to be any other prominent Sandy Alomar Jrs.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jesus Alou.

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