‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #19
Roberto Alomar – 1988 Topps
Largely due to the fact that he played primarily for small market teams during his 17-year career, Roberto Alomar was not a household name during his playing days. Had Alomar been given a chance to shine under a national spotlight, he would have become a loved ballplayer due to his well-rounded and versatile game.
A master defense-man, Roberto Alomar won 10 gold gloves over the course of his career. At second base, there was no one you’d rather have in the field for you when the game was on the line. With so much action to handle at second base, it’s amazing that Alomar had 8 seasons in which he committed 9 errors or less.
Offensively, Alomar excelled as a contact and power hitter which was rare for a second baseman for most of the 17 seasons he spent in the majors. With a lifetime batting average of .300 alongside 2,724 hits, Alomar was able to get on base with ease. And once on base, he was a base stealing threat as he swiped 474 total bases. With 210 homers and 504 doubles to his credit, Alomar was able to display his power which made it hard for defenders playing against him. For his career, Roberto Alomar scored 1,508 runs and collected 1,134 RBI.
Alomar finished in the Top 22 for the MVP award 7 times, 5 of which he placed at 6th or better. He was a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, and he played in 12 consecutive All-star games.
Roberto Alomar competed in 2 World Series contests as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays during the 1992 and 1993 playoffs. Both match-ups resulted in championship titles for Alomar and his amazing skills benefited the Jays in securing their victories. In the 12 combined games he played in the World Series, Alomar had a .347 batting average with 8 runs scored, 7 stolen based, and 6 RBI.