July 29, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 97, Roberto Alomar (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Sandy Alomar Sr. was a player with various important skills — they were particularly important in the time when he played. Alomar Sr. could field any position (he mostly played second base, but could shift to shortstop or any other position when needed). He could run (he stole more than 200 bases in his career). He could bunt when called upon. He switch-hit. All of this was enough to get him 15 years and almost 1,500 big league games. He even made an All-Star team.

Alomar Sr.’s weakness, if you will, was that he could not hit. 

This is not an exaggeration. Alomar was just 5-foot-9, 140 pounds and he hit .245/.290/.288 over that rather lengthy…

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