Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Roberto Alomar is Vindicated in Vote for Hall of Fame


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It may have come a year late, and despite all the controversy and heartache,
it was certainly worth the wait.

Roberto Alomar was finally vindicated and received his vote into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It should come as no surprise that Alomar received a resounding 90 percent of the vote, surpassing the 73.7 percent he garnered last year.

I think some voters either realized the error of their ways in not voting for Roberto Alomar last year, or their colleagues convinced them to change their mind. Either way, a vote is a vote, and now the very first Toronto Blue Jay player will officially enter Cooperstown this summer.

Robbie had some of his best years in Toronto, and admittedly I often overlook his incredible seasons afterward in Baltimore and Cleveland. He played in tandem on the middle infield with Cal Ripken Jr. and Omar Vizquel, combining to become some of the best defensive duos of their era.

Not only did Alomar make back to back playoff appearances in 1992 and 1993 with the Blue Jays, he was part of the Baltimore Orioles squad which made two straight appearances in the ALCS, not to mention trips to the postseason in 1999 and 2001 with the Indians.

During is time as a Blue Jay, Roberto Alomar amassed a total WAR of 17.4. In nine seasons following his tenure in Toronto, he was worth 34.6 wins above replacement, which averages out to about 3.84 WAR per season.

All of these accolades considered, you can see why the writers had an extremely tough time make a convincing argument to not vote for Roberto Alomar.

It's been a long time coming, but it's great to know that Roberto Alomar will finally get his due and hopefully we'll get to see him on a plaque in Cooperstown wearing a Blue Jays cap.

6 comments:

  1. Just read Bastian's post. Alomar was INSANE in Cleveland. Crazy. Helluva career. And forever a Blue Jay.

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  2. Navin, even if we just take Alomar's time and put it in a capsule, that's still a pretty incredible feat. But then you look at his years in Baltimore and Cleveland, and that's what really put him over the top.

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  3. I have no idea why it took two years to figure out. He deserves it tenfold.

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  4. Section 36, beats the heck out of me! At the end of the day, I guess it really doesn't matter if the player makes it in on the first try or the 17th try. it just matters that they make it into the Hall of Fame, period.

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  5. On Wednesday, January 5th, the Baseball Hall of Fame Committee announced the election of former Toronto Blue Jay star Roberto Alomar to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Elated by the announcement Alomar said to reporters, “I will go into the Hall of Fame with a Blue Jays hat. The first Blue Jay ever to go with a Blue Jay hat and I’m looking forward to it.”

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  6. Twelve All-Star selections (consecutively). Ten Gold Glove Awards (the most by any second baseman). Five Silver Slugger awards. (He batted over .300 nine times). And, of course, two World Series rings. Roberto Alomar is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this July, and the Toronto Blue Jays want you to come celebrate his sterling career, July 31st, at the Rogers Center.

    http://alomarhalloffame.ca

    bit.ly/q9Vhy2

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