Wednesday, October 9, 2013

#85 Sandy Alomar

About the Front: There is a true look of concern on Sandy Alomar (Jr. if you're nasty)'s face. Maybe he just took a nibble of that batting donut and learned the hard way that it's not that kind of donut.

About the Back: Sandy made the All-Star team each year from 1990 through 1992, then missed out for three straight years, and then made three more Midsummer Classics in a row. Then he was shut out again for the duration of his career (1999 through 2007).

Triple Play: 

1. I already wrote about his brother Roberto, so you know the drill. Their father was Sandy Sr., a middle infielder for the Angels and five other teams from 1964 through 1978.

2. His peak year came in 1997, when he batted a career-best .324/.354/.545 with 21 homers and 83 RBI. He was also the All-Star MVP, thanks to a game-winning two-run homer hit in front of his home crowd in Cleveland. Sandy even came up big in the postseason, slugging .507 with five home runs and 19 RBI while starting all 18 games on through Game Seven of the World Series.

3. Alomar has been on the Indians' coaching staff since 2010, and managed the club on an interim basis for the final six games of the 2012 season.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I don't know about the 11-year-old me, but 15-year-old me was none too fond of Sandy. He spoiled Mike Mussina's perfect game bid and had a walkoff hit in Game Four of the ALCS to give the Tribe a three games to one lead in the series. Jerk.

Bill James Said: "

On This Date in 1993: October 9. The Braves scored nine runs off of four Philly pitchers in the sixth and seventh innings to earn a 9-4 victory in Game Three of the NLCS. The big blows were a two-run, tie-breaking double by David Justice in the sixth and a bases-clearing double by Mark Lemke an inning later. Atlanta took a 2-1 lead in the series.

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