Padres Birthday Spotlight: Roberto Alomar


The Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar turns 47 today. His great career started with the San Diego Padres signing him out of Puerto Rico in 1985. He played his first three seasons in the big leagues for San Diego. He was named to his first All-Star Game in 1990, his last year with the Friars. That year, he hit .287 with six home runs, 60 RBI, 24 stolen bases, 27 doubles and 80 runs scored. He also rarely missed time. In his three seasons with the Padres, he averaged 149 games played. Although his career really took off after he left San Diego, his Padres career is noteworthy and his entire career is worth celebrating. 

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After his 1990 All-Star appearance with the Friars, he ended up going to 12 straight All-Star Games with the Blue Jays, Orioles and Indians. His best season was probably 1999 with Cleveland. He led the league with 138 runs scored, he hit a career-high 24 home runs, had a career high in RBI (120) and on-base percentage (.422). He also finished third in MVP voting that year. His great season didn’t end at the finish of the regular season, as he hit .368 in the AL Division Series. The pinnacle of his career was being a part of the Blue Jays’ repeating as World Series champs in 1992 and 1993. In 1992, he was even named ALCS MVP after hitting .423 with a pair of home runs.

Alomar had a great career and was inducted into Cooperstown in 2011. He goes down as one of the greatest middle infielders of all-time. It would be unjust to his great career to not mention his greatness with the leather. He won 10 Gold Gloves in 11 years. He ended his career with 210 home runs with 2,724 hits and 474 stolen bases. He also finished with 1,508 runs scored. He should be in the same conversation as names like Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Craig Biggio and Chase Utley.

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