I do believe that Alomar will be the first player in MLB history to go into the Hall of Fame with a Blue Jay cap on. After all, he did win two World Series championships with the team and spent 5 years with the Jays, more than with any other franchise. So, why should he get into the Hall? Which items put him above the rest? Well, here are my top 10 reasons:
1- He won 10 Gold Gloves from 1991 to 2001, missing the clean sweep only because he didn't win in 1997;
2- AL-ALCS MVP in 1992, ML AS MVP in 1998;
3- Silver Slugger award in 1992, 1996, 1999, and 2000;
4- was in every All-Star game from 1990 to 2001;
5- 97th all time in MVP voting;
6- One of the best defensive 2B of all time with a career fielding % of .984;
7- 2724 hits in 9073 AB for a .300 career average (198th best career avg of all time);
8- Has 1032 career Walks (99th all time), and 1140 Strike Outs - one of the best ratios for 2B in MLB history;
9- Played on winning teams - made the playoffs every year except his first 3 years with the Padres, and 1994-1995-1998-2000. Made the playoffs 5 years with the Jays, 4 with the Orioles, and twice with the Indians; and
10- Was on base 3806 times, the 56th highest total times on base of all time in MLB.
Some things you may not know about Mr.Alomar
1- Was signed by the SD Padres as an international FA in 1985
2- Was traded to Toronto in December 1990, along with Joe Carter (what a trade), in return for Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff;
3- The Jays got nothing for him when he left them in 1995, as he was allowed to leave as a FA (bad organizational trend);
4- Was eventually picked up as a FA by the Orioles, who eventually let him go as a FA as well;
5- Signed with the Indians, who traded him to the Mets, who ended up also let him walk as a FA;
6- Sadly ended his career playing for the D-Backs, who traded him to the White Sox, who let him walk before he signed as a FA with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (his last team) in 2005, but never played a regular season game with them as he retired before the season started; and
7- Made a total of over $76,000,000 over his career.
Do I believe that Roberto Alomar will be a first-ballot inductee? Yes, I believe there's a strong chance he will, simply because I believe too many voters don't believe that the majority of the others on the ballot are worthy of being first-ballot inductees, or in the HOF at all in some cases. I am hopeful that Andre Dawson will join him, but skeptical that HOF voters will let a weak ballot affect whether the Hawk can make it in. As for Roberto, other than the ex-girlfriend who sued him because she claimed he has aids, and the spitting incident, he clearly deserves to be in the HOF, regardless of how many years it takes.