Roberto Alomar played only three years for the Orioles. Those years were so good that he was elected to the team’s Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday morning.
Alomar played for the Orioles from 1996-98, batting .312 with 50 home runs and 210 RBIs in those years. His .312 average is the highest in team history.
He set a franchise record with 132 runs scored in 1996 when he batted .328. Alomar’s 20 home runs and 84 RBIs in 1996 were the best for second basemen in franchise.
Unfortunately, his excellent season in 1996 will also be remembered for the ugly incident when he spit at umpire John Hirschbeck. Alomar apologized and became friendly with Hirschbeck, but the incident is blamed for delaying his entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame until 2011.
Alomar won Gold Glove Awards in 1996 and 1998. He was an All-Star in each of his three seasons with the Orioles, and won the Most Valuable Player award in the 1998 game.
In his career, Alomar was a 12-time All-Star and a 10-time Gold Glove winner. He also played for San Diego, Toronto, Cleveland, the New York Mets, Arizona and the Chicago White Sox in a career that ran from 1988-2004.
Alomar currently works as a special assistant in the Blue Jays’ front office.
Don Pries, who worked for the Orioles as a scout and front office executive from 1968-74, was named the winner of the Herb Armstrong Award for non-uniformed personnel.
Alomar and Pries will be inducted in the Hall of Fame before the Orioles-Mariners’ game on Fri. Aug. 2.