Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Player Profile: Roberto Alomar

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I have 82 cards of Roberto Alomar. This one is from 1990 Topps All Star Collection.

Playing career: 12-time All Star Roberto Alomar is a member of the 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame class. Alomar was the premier second baseman in the American League in the 1990s, a key member of the great Blue Jays teams early in the decade, the great Orioles teams mid-decade, and the great Indians teams late in the decade. He was 63.5 Wins Above Replacement for his career, and hit .313 with an .829 OPS in 58 postseason games.

My memories: Alomar was a great hitter (baseballreference.com lists Derek Jeter as most similar) but also a fantastic fielder – I remember him going after what appeared to be a sure single to right field and throwing a slow runner out at first. (I believe it was Sam Horn.)

Where he is now: He has his own line of sportswear and fragrances, Second2None by Roberto Alomar.

Interesting stories: Alomar has been sued by multiple women for supposedly giving them HIV. I wonder what John Hirschbeck, the umpire he famously spit on in 1996, thinks of that? That spitting incident is one of several blemishes on Alomar’s career; another is his tumultuous time in the Mets, which included a clubhouse altercation with Roger Cedeno about how ugly Alomar looked on his rookie card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Roberto, between Roberto Duran, a boxer, and Roberto Benigni, an actor. There do not appear to be any other prominent Roberto Alomars.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Sandy Alomar.

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