Showalter on Alomar

By now you’ve heard that Roberto Alomar, the 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove-winning second baseman who was eight votes shy of the Hall of Fame a year ago, is now forever cemented in Cooperstown.

A former Orioles infielder, Alomar –along with Bert Blyleven — was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday as part of the Class of 2011.  He received 523 votes, the third highest total in history, for a 90-percent plurality and is considered to be one of the best fielding second basemen of all time.

“He had such a great imagination defensively,” said current O’s manager Buck Showalter, who spent many games watching Alomar from the visiting dugout.

“It was like he could dial up what he situation called for. [A] very cerebral guy. He made the game look easy…He was just very innovative.”

He compiled a career .312 batting average as an Oriole, hitting 50 homers with 210 RBIs in 412 regular-season games. Alomar was a critical component in a storied part of Baltimore baseball, going to the ALCS in ’96 and ’97. The Orioles have not had a winning season since.

“He was a game changer on both sides of the ball,” Showalter said.  “He could go 0-for-4 and still impact a game.”

1 Comment

Well I have mixed feelings about Roberto Alomar getting in so quick. I agree that he belongs in Cooperstown someday, but just not this quick. I am an Orioles fan and have been one all of my life and appreciate what Alomar done for Baltimore and the game of baseball. The only thing that I think he should have paid more time for was the spitting incident. Although he has apolgized and umpire John Herschbeck has accpeted and forgiven Alomar he just got in too quick.
Now that Alomar has been forgiven apparently by the news writers and other voting members isn’t it time that we now forgive another great one of the game in Pete Rose. Pete deffinately has the numbers and has certainly paid his dues and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Both men made mistakes and both were great players and both DESERVE to be in the Hall of Fame.
Thank you. Mike from MD.

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