Displaying exceeding physical grace, Roberto Alomar was as much an artist as he was a ballplayer. He commanded attention with broad brushstrokes, such as a key hit. He added excellence in small dabs, laying down deft bunts or maintaining delicate footwork around second base, the position he exalted for 17
Displaying exceeding physical grace,
Much of Alomar’s big league education came from his father, Sandy, a former infielder and longtime coach, and his brother, Sandy Jr., a six-time All-Star catcher. Ultimately, though, Roberto’s skill was entirely his own.
Here’s a summary of 10 highlights from Alomar’s Hall of Fame career:
1. A (Fall) Classic Man
Oct. 16-23, 1993
People within the game knew of Alomar’s impending greatness long before he made his Major League debut with the Padres at age 20. But he unveiled his talents to those outside it during the 1993 World Series. Alomar batted .480 (12-for-25) in Toronto’s six-game triumph over Philadelphia, driving in six runs and scoring five. His OPS was a scalding 1.159.
2. What a trade!
Dec. 5, 1990
Alomar was included in the four-player blockbuster deal the Padres and Blue Jays engineered at the 1990 Winter Meetings. San Diego sent him and outfielder Joe Carter to Toronto for infielder Tony Fernandez and first baseman Fred McGriff. The trade benefited everyone: Alomar had five consecutive All-Star seasons with Toronto; Carter belted a historic World Series-winning homer in ’93; Toronto reacquired Fernandez in time for him to contribute to that title; and McGriff hit 30-plus homers