|AN ALL-STAR IN THE FIELD AND AT THE PLATE.|
|CHANGED THE FORTUNES OF THE BLUE JAYS.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Roberto Alomar was known for flashing a golden glove at second base and swinging a silver bat at the plate. He was a 10-time Gold Glove winner, the most ever for a second baseman, and a four-time Silver Slugger winner. That's a lot of gold and silver for a Hall of Famer known for changing the fortunes of the Blue Jays. His all-around ability earned 12 All-Star appearances during a 17-year career. Alomar finished with a .300 batting average, hit 210 homers, stole 474 bases and drove in 1,134 runs.
- Alomar hit the most important home run Blue Jays' history on Oct. 11, 1992, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Down 6-4 to the Athletics in the top of the ninth and facing closer #100 Dennis Eckersley with a man on, Alomar tattooed a line drive over the right-field fence to tie the game. The Blue Jays went on to win 7-6 in 11 innings and took a commanding 3-1 series lead. After several years of near misses, Toronto closed out Oakland three days later in Game 6 and advanced to its first World Series. Alomar was named ALCS MVP.
- In '99 with the Indians, Alomar had arguably the greatest season a second baseman has ever had. He scored an AL-leading 138 runs, hit .323, drove in 120 runs, hit 24 homers and stole 37 bases. He finished third in the AL MVP voting behind Pedro Martinez and #47 Ivan Rodriguez.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Played his first three seasons with the Padres before being packaged with #94 Joe Carter and shipped to the Blue Jays in December '90 for #106 Fred McGriff and #36 Tony Fernandez in one of the all-time most interesting trades.
- Alomar blossomed into a perennial All-Star in his five years in Toronto, winning the Gold Glove each season and hitting .307 that still stands as the career franchise record.
- Alomar played for seven teams but was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '11 as a Blue Jay, the franchise's first.
- Signed as a free agent with the Orioles for the '96 season and was an All-Star all three years.
- However, it's with Baltimore that Alomar soiled his image when he spit in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck over a disputed third-strike call in September '96. Alomar said Hirschbeck uttered a racial slur. They eventually made up.