Roberto Alomar Inducted In 2011 With 90% Of The Vote
During the offseason of 1990, the fate of the Blue Jays franchise was changed with a blockbuster trade. The Blue Jays would trade Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar.
At the time, the trade was questioned by media and fans alike as Fernandez was a fan favourite due to an endearing style of play and McGriff was coming off a season with a .300/.400./.530 slash line and 35 homers. Meanwhile, Carter and Alomar lacked the superstar status to fill their roles.
All Blue Jays fans know what happened next. Roberto Alomar blossomed into a perennial All-Star with the Jays and in his five-year stint in Toronto, the second baseman won Gold Gloves and made All-Star appearances every year. Roberto Alomar was also a key piece in the Blue Jays back to back (and only) World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, highlighted by his game-tying home run against Dennis Eckersley of the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning.
Alomar left a lasting legacy in the Toronto Blue Jays franchise. The Puerto Rican star was the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Blue Jay, one of the first members of the Blue Jays organization to be honored on the Level of Excellence, and was the first player to have his number retired in Toronto.
Alomar now hosts a baseball camp in the Blue Jays baseball academy and was recently hired as MLB’s special consultant to baseball operations in his home country of Puerto Rico.
Authored by Jason Lee