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.”