Roberto Alomar (2011)
Roberto Alomar's father and his older brother (Sandy Sr. and Jr.) both had long and successful major league baseball careers. His father played for 15 years in the major leagues and his brother, who was a catcher, played for 20 seasons. Sandy Alomar Jr. won the All Star game MVP award two years before Roberto won it. All three Alomars played for the New York Mets and the Chicago White Sox, with Roberto and Sandy Jr. playing together in 1988 and 1989 with the San Diego Padres and in 2003 and 2004 with the White Sox.
Roberto Alomar signed with the Padres in 1985 at the age of 17. He spent two years in the minor leagues before starting with the Padres in 1988. In his first season in the major leagues, Alomar batted .266 with 145 hits, 24 doubles, and 24 stolen bases in 143 games. In December, 1990, the Padres traded Alomar to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Alomar played with the Blue Jays from 1991 through 1995. During that time, he won five Gold Gloves (1991-1996), a Silver Slugger award (1992), and the American League Championship Series MVP award (1992).
After the 1995 season ended, Alomar signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He played with the Orioles from 1996 through 1998 and won two more Gold Glove awards and his second Silver Slugger award. He also won the MLB All Star game MVP award in 1998.
In November, 1998, Alomar signed a four-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. After three seasons with them, the Indians traded him to the New York Mets. During his time in Cleveland, Alomar won the last three of his ten Gold Glove awards and two more Silver Slugger awards (for a career total of four).
Alomar played on three teams in his last two seasons in the major leagues. After 73 games with the Mets in 2003, they traded him to the Chicago White Sox. The following season, he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks but a broken right hand kept him on the disabled list for two months and he played in only 38 games with the team. On August 5, 2004, they traded him back to the White Sox and Alomar finished his major league career with 18 games in Chicago. The following March, he officially retired even though he had signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2005 season.
Alomar, known as an excellent fielder, won more Gold Gloves (10) than any other second baseman in major league baseball history. Fielding statistics for Alomar at second base include:
- 1,573 games played
- 100 errors
- 4,376 assists
- 1,010 double plays
- 2,867 putouts
- .986 fielding percentage
Batting statistics for Alomar in 17 seasons (1988-2004) in the major leagues include:
- 12 seasons with over 150 hits, with highs of 192 in 1993 and 193 in 1996 and 2001
- 7 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 43 in 1996
- 10 seasons with over 20 stolen bases, with highs of 53 in 1991 and 55 in 1993
- 9 seasons with a batting average of .300 or better, with a high of .336 in 2001
Career batting statistics for Alomar include:
- 2,379 games played
- 2,724 hits
- 504 doubles
- 474 stolen bases
- .300 batting average