Friday, December 11, 2009

A vote for Alomar

Should Roberto Alomar be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility? ;The spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck does not help his case, but it really has nothing to do with his success on the field. ; Fans may also remember that Alomar’s career ended with a couple of mediocre seasons, but when you look at his statistics, it’s a no-brainer.

Alomar won 10 Gold Gloves, compiled a .300 lifetime batting average, stole 474 bases, and was a 12-time All-Star. ; He represented four different teams over 12 consecutive years in the Midsummer Classic and was named All-Star Game MVP in 1998. ; Alomar was also the 1992 ALCS MVP and had a monster World Series in 1993 (.480/.519/.640, six RBI and four stolen bases). ;He would have been named MVP of the ’93 Fall Classic had it not been for teammate Paul Molitor, who was even better (.500/.571/1.000, two home runs, eight RBI and 10 runs scored). ; Roberto Alomar was the best second baseman – both offensively and defensively – of the nineties, and should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

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