Future Hall Of Famer still thinks of Toronto as second home…

28 01 2010

Today’s Globe and Mail has a neat article (which you can see here) about former Toronto Blue Jay and future baseball Hall Of Famer Roberto Alomar.

It describes Alomar’s feelings about leaving Toronto – the city he describes as his second home – and how he gave the Blue Jays every opportunity to hang on to him by matching the offer made to him by the Baltimore Orioles. Unfortunately, the Jays, who were in a definite rebuilding mode, declined, and Alomar became an Oriole.

It is well known how Alomar just missed being elected to Cooperstown this year, his first year of eligibility. And in the article is a comment on how an incident between Alomar and umpire John Hirschbeck – an incident for which Hirschbeck has since forgiven Alomar and the two, in fact, have become friends – is the reason some of those responsible for electing players to the Hall Of Fame chose not to vote for Alomar this year.

Alomar is one of the best second basemen that the game of baseball has ever seen, and he deserved to be elected this year. It is a shame that an incident that the participants themselves have put behind them still became a factor in Alomar not getting into the Hall Of Fame this year.

But there is good news regarding Alomar in this piece. It mentions the upcoming induction of Alomar to the Canadian Baseball Hall Of Fame. That induction ceremony is in June.

Also, there are indications that Roberto may be rejoining the Blue Jays fraternity very soon. According to general manager Alex Anthopolous, Alomar is on a list of guest coaches who could be working with the Jays at spring training in February.

It would be really cool if Alomar, who’s expressed an interest in re-entering the game as an instructor, were to do so within the Blue Jays organization. The players in the organization would stand to learn a lot from one of the best in the game.

And fear not – it is, the article says, a “virtual lock” that Roberto Alomar will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2011.




One response

6 01 2011
Donna Sullivan

Congratulations to Roberta Alomar. You were my favorite Blue Jay and the best
second baseman Toronto ever had. I loved watching you play, you brought
such excitement and expertise to your playing ability. I have watched the Jays
since the first game in the snow at Exhibition place. I hope to see you in the
organization this year. I celebrate 80 years this year and will always remember
those two World Series in the Dome of which you were a huge star.

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