Little League Graduate Roberto Alomar Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Alomar has culminated his 17 seasons in Major League Baseball with election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., but his first organized baseball games were played in Puerto Rico’s Mariano Lopez Little League.
Mr. Alomar was picked on 90 percent of the ballots (523 of 581) cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 12-time All-Star won a record 10 Gold Gloves at second base; hit .300 for his career and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win back-to-back world championships in 1992-93.
Born February 5, 1968 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and growing up in Salinas, P.R., Mr. Alomar played Little League for five seasons (1976-80) and twice as a Major Division player represented Puerto Rico District 13 in the Little League International Tournament. Roberto’s brother, Sandy Alomar, Jr., a veteran Major League catcher, also played in Mariano Lopez Little League.
In 1985, at the age of 17, Mr. Alomar signed his first professional contract with the National League’s San Diego Padres. Three years later, he made his Major League debut with the Padres.
During his first three seasons in the Majors, Mr. Alomar enjoyed success with the Padres, but it was not until he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1991, that he began reaching his potential as a hitter and second baseman. That year, he earned his first American League Gold Glove Award, and the following season, he was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 American League Championship Series.
Considered to be one of the best second baseman in Major League history, Mr. Alomar won the American League Gold Glove Award for his position 10 times during his career. He was also named the Most Valuable Player at the 1998 All-Star Game. After a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Mr. Alomar retired from baseball in 2005.
Mr. Alomar, who also played with the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets, drew 73.7 percent last year in his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot. Joining him in the 2011 induction class will be pitcher Bert Blyleven, who was picked on 79.7 percent of the ballots -- it takes 75 percent of the vote for election.
Roberto Alomar, pictured second from left in the front row, played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball, and was recently elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Mr. Alomar was a member of Mariano Lopez Little League in Salinas, Puerto Rico. His brother, Sandy Alomar, Jr., pictured fourth from left in the back row, also played several years in the Major Leagues.