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Sandy Alomar Jr.

Inducted 2009
Catcher 1990-2000

"I'm not here because of stats, I'm here because I love to win. If you go by stats, there are many guys that should be here [ahead of me]. But I'm happy, and I feel honored that they reward players that come to play and to win ballgames."

Sandy Alomar Jr. was one of three players acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres before the start of the 1990 season. The Tribe catcher spent the next 11 (of 20 total) major league seasons behind the plate for the Indians and in 1995, he helped the team reach the postseason for the first time since 1954.

During Sandy's first full season (1990) he played in 132 games while recording 129 hits, 26 doubles and a .290 batting average. Alomar's performance earned him an All-Star appearance and a Gold Glove. However, his biggest award came when he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. The Indians catcher followed up his rookie campaign with two consecutive All-Star appearances (1991, 1992).

After several years of battling injuries, Sandy rebounded and he was named to the American League All-Star team again each year from 1996-1998. Representing the Indians at Jacobs Field in the 1997 All-Star game, Alomar broke a 1-1 tie with a two out, two-run home run to the left field bleachers. His game-winning shot earned him the All-Star Most Valuable Player award.

Sandy's late-game heroics followed him to the postseason. Facing elimination against the New York Yankees, Alomar drove a 2-0 pitch from future closer Mariano Rivera, over the right-field wall to tie the ball game. (The Indians went on to win 3-2 and force a Game 5.) The Indians went on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS and reached the World Series for the second time in three years.

Alomar appeared in 10 opening day starting lineups for the Tribe.He owns the franchise record for most home runs by a catcher (91) and the second longest hitting streak in franchise history (30). On November 17, 2009, Alomar was named the first base coach for the Indians.

  • POSITION: Catcher
  • BATS: Right
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 6'3"
  • WEIGHT: 235
  • BORN: June 18, 1966 in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • DEBUT: September 30, 1988
  • FINAL GAME: September 30, 2007
Indians Career Statistics
985 3409 416 944 92 453 165 386 24 .277 .315 .419