Cooperstown Choices: Sandy Alomar

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2013, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty four men on the ballot for the first time this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2013 menu at the top of the page.

In this article, we take a look at Sandy Alomar

 

Sandy Alomar
The older of the Alomar brothers, Sandy stayed in baseball a few more years than his brother Roberto.  Over his 20 year career, he would play for seven major league teams, most notably with the Cleveland Indians where he won the Rookie Of The Year award in 1990.  He would win his first and only Gold Glove that same year and make his first of six All Star rosters, all with the Indians.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1988 SDP 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
1989 SDP 7 19 1 4 1 0 1 6 0 3 3 .211 .318 .421 .739 109
1990 CLE 132 445 60 129 26 2 9 66 4 25 46 .290 .326 .418 .744 108
1991 CLE 51 184 10 40 9 0 0 7 0 8 24 .217 .264 .266 .530 47
1992 CLE 89 299 22 75 16 0 2 26 3 13 32 .251 .293 .324 .618 75
1993 CLE 64 215 24 58 7 1 6 32 3 11 28 .270 .318 .395 .713 91
1994 CLE 80 292 44 84 15 1 14 43 8 25 31 .288 .347 .490 .837 115
1995 CLE 66 203 32 61 6 0 10 35 3 7 26 .300 .332 .478 .810 107
1996 CLE 127 418 53 110 23 0 11 50 1 19 42 .263 .299 .397 .696 75
1997 CLE 125 451 63 146 37 0 21 83 0 19 48 .324 .354 .545 .900 128
1998 CLE 117 409 45 96 26 2 6 44 0 18 45 .235 .270 .352 .622 59
1999 CLE 37 137 19 42 13 0 6 25 0 4 23 .307 .322 .533 .855 111
2000 CLE 97 356 44 103 16 2 7 42 2 16 41 .289 .324 .404 .728 83
2001 CHW 70 220 17 54 8 1 4 21 1 12 17 .245 .288 .345 .634 64
2002 TOT 89 283 29 79 14 1 7 37 0 9 33 .279 .302 .410 .712 82
2002 CHW 51 167 21 48 10 1 7 25 0 5 14 .287 .309 .485 .794 106
2002 COL 38 116 8 31 4 0 0 12 0 4 19 .267 .292 .302 .593 48
2003 CHW 75 194 22 52 12 0 5 26 0 4 17 .268 .281 .407 .689 78
2004 CHW 50 146 15 35 4 0 2 14 0 11 13 .240 .298 .308 .606 58
2005 TEX 46 128 11 35 7 0 0 14 0 5 12 .273 .306 .328 .634 66
2006 TOT 46 108 8 30 8 0 1 17 0 3 14 .278 .292 .380 .672 70
2006 LAD 27 62 3 20 5 0 0 9 0 0 7 .323 .323 .403 .726 84
2006 CHW 19 46 5 10 3 0 1 8 0 3 7 .217 .255 .348 .603 52
2007 NYM 8 22 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .136 .136 .182 .318 -18
20 Yrs 1377 4530 520 1236 249 10 112 588 25 212 499 .273 .309 .406 .716 86
162 Game Avg. 162 533 61 145 29 1 13 69 3 25 59 .273 .309 .406 .716 86
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
CLE (11 yrs) 985 3409 416 944 194 8 92 453 24 165 386 .277 .315 .419 .734 92
CHW (5 yrs) 265 773 80 199 37 2 19 94 1 35 68 .257 .291 .384 .675 74
SDP (2 yrs) 8 20 1 4 1 0 1 6 0 3 4 .200 .304 .400 .704 100
NYM (1 yr) 8 22 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .136 .136 .182 .318 -18
COL (1 yr) 38 116 8 31 4 0 0 12 0 4 19 .267 .292 .302 .593 48
LAD (1 yr) 27 62 3 20 5 0 0 9 0 0 7 .323 .323 .403 .726 84
TEX (1 yr) 46 128 11 35 7 0 0 14 0 5 12 .273 .306 .328 .634 66
AL (17 yrs) 1296 4310 507 1178 238 10 111 561 25 205 466 .273 .310 .410 .721 88
NL (5 yrs) 81 220 13 58 11 0 1 27 0 7 33 .264 .286 .327 .614 56
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Alomar’s career was embodied behind the scenes.  A field general and leader, he was another coach on the field.

Why He Should Not Get In
In short, his numbers just don’t stack up.  While it would be easier to stomach the low offensive numbers based on his presence defensively, he would need to have a few more awards from that side of the diamond.  With out the Gold Gloves to back him up, the offensive shortcomings will keep him from election.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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