Monday, October 12, 2020

HOF Roberto Alomaro

Roberto Alomar!! He earned 90.0% of the vote in his second year on the ballot in 2011. In 2010, he was given 73.7%. Just missing. He was a bright star when he came up with the Padres. He was clearly outshined in his first year or so by John Kruk, but after 1990, he decided he couldn't stand San Diego with out him and fled to Toronto. That's the really (un)true story. 

He had a 17 year career and seemed, frankly, transient. In those 17 years he played for seven different teams. His longest tenure was with the Toronto Blue Jays with whom he won two World Series. He was elected to 12 All-Star teams. He won 10 gold gloves and four silver sluggers. He was an All-Star game MVP and an ALCS MVP. A career .300 hitter, and lead the league in a standard batting state twice. In 1999 he scored 138 runs and had 13 Sacrifice Flies. That's it. His standard fielding has no bold stats. 

So, great job in getting into the Hall of Fame! I guess you were great!    

This is Alomar's 2005 Topps card. It's clearly a Spring Training card. It has the look of those classic 1970s cards but this is rather ugly. In fact, I think it looks awful. But what's curious about it is that he never played a game with them! He signed with them on January 20, 2005 and retired from baseball just two months later on March 19, 2005.  Remarkable! So, he played for seven teams, but was a member with eight. 

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  1. If you had the deciding vote on the HOF selection committee, and we were starting over from scratch, roughly how many would be in your HOF? I believe there are 235 former MLB players included now. Same? More? Less?

    1. That's a really hard question. I feel like most players are there for a really great reason: they were elite. But of late the Hall has been growing rapidly. I'd say fewer than 200 at the least.

    2. I've been thinking about that question myself and maybe doing a breakdown of who I would let in and who would be turned away (or asked to leave). Sounds like a fun exercise for when I have more time on my hands!

  2. I obviously remember him with the Padres, Blue Jays, and Indians. Vaguely remember him with the O's. Mets and White Sox... not really. Diamondbacks and Rays? WTH?