Sandy Alomar Jr.
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|Sandy Alomar Jr.|
Alomar Jr. with the Cleveland Indians
|Cleveland Indians – No. 15|
|Catcher / Coach|
June 18, 1966 |
Salinas, Puerto Rico
|September 30, 1988, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 30, 2007, for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||588|
|Career highlights and awards|
Santos "Sandy" Alomar Velázquez Jr. (Spanish pronunciation: [aloˈmar], //; born June 18, 1966) is a professional baseball catcher, coach, and manager. He played in Major League Baseball catcher for the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets between 1988 and 2007.
Major league career
Alomar was a highly regarded catcher in the San Diego organization after being named Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year in both 1988 and 1989, but he was blocked behind Benito Santiago at the Major League level. After two short call-ups with the Padres, he finally got his chance at an everyday job after being traded to Cleveland after the 1989 season along with Carlos Baerga and Chris James, in exchange for power-hitter Joe Carter. Once in Cleveland, he established himself immediately, becoming the first rookie catcher to start an All-Star game and winning both Rookie of the Year honors and a Gold Glove Award.
Alomar was selected as an All-Star in 1991 and 1992. However, his 1992 season was largely lost due to injuries, and he finished the year with zero home runs and only seven RBIs in 199 at-bats. Over the next few years, Alomar suffered several injuries and failed to realize his potential. He came back strong in the first half of 1996 to make his fourth All-Star team, but then faded in the second half.
In 1997, everything finally came together for Alomar. He batted .324, was the MVP of the All-Star game in his home ballpark (hitting a game-deciding two-run home run off Shawn Estes to the left field bleachers in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 3–1 American League win; he was the first player to hit an All-Star game home run in his home stadium since Hank Aaron in 1972), put together a 30-game hitting streak (one short of Nap Lajoie's Indians record and four short of his former teammate Benito Santiago's record for catchers), and helped lead Cleveland to their third straight postseason appearance. In the Division Series against the New York Yankees, Alomar hit .316 with two home runs, including a game-tying shot off Mariano Rivera in the eighth inning of Game 4. Though he was less effective against the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, he still provided a game-winning hit in the ninth inning of Game 4. The Indians lost the World Series to the Florida Marlins, but not on account of Alomar, who hit .367 with two home runs.
Although Alomar was selected to his sixth All-Star team in 1998, he turned in a mediocre season overall and then had injury problems again in 1999. He left the Indians as a free agent after the 2000 season and played in a limited role with the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets. On August 1, 2009, the Indians inducted Alomar to the organization's Hall of Fame.
On February 15, 2008, Alomar was named the catching instructor for the New York Mets organization. He spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons in that role.
During the end of the 2011 season, Alomar was rumored to be on the shortlist of candidates for the vacant Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox managerial positions. On September 28, 2011, Alomar was promoted by the Indians to the position of bench coach for the 2012 season. On September 27, 2012, the Indians promoted him to interim manager after firing Acta. He finished his interim reign with a record of three wins and three losses. On October 6, 2012 the Indians announced that the club had hired Terry Francona to take over as manager.
On October 31, 2012 the Cleveland Indians announced that Alomar would be back as the bench coach for the 2013 season under Francona. Alomar was replaced by Brad Mills as the bench coach and he is now their first base coach.
- As of September 23, 2015
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- "Mets name Sandy Alomar Jr. catching instructor". Mlb.com (Press release). Major League Baseball Advanced Media. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- Abraham, Peter (3 November 2011). "Red Sox get permission to interview Mike Maddux and Sandy Alomar Jr.". Boston Globe. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- Bastian, Jordan (27 September 2012). "Indians dismiss Acta; Alomar named interim". Mlb.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Sandy Alomar". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
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