Former second baseman
"Numbers-wise, I can maybe say yes, but I had some great numbers, too, with the
In Alomar's three seasons in Baltimore, from 1996 to 1998, he who won two Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger Award and made three All-Star appearances. On Wednesday it was announced that he had been elected to the franchise's Hall of Fame.
"I was actually a little surprised. I'm honored. I'm happy to be part of such an elite group of people in the organization," said Alomar, who has had his number retired by the
Alomar's accomplishments will be recognized at an Orioles Advocates luncheon at
Former scout and baseball operations executive Don Pries will also be honored, receiving the Herb Armstrong Award for contributions to the organization by non-uniformed personnel.
Pries worked for the Orioles from 1968 through 1974 as an area scout, director of player personnel and assistant to the general manager. He went on to help
Alomar played for seven different teams in a 17-season career that included 12 All-Star appearances and 12 Gold Gloves. He was the first player to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame as a Toronto Blue Jay, the club he played with from 1991 to 1995 before joining the Orioles as a free agent in 1996.
Alomar helped lead the Orioles to two
Alomar was suspended for five games to start the 1997 season, and he also donated $50,000 to research the disorder ALD, which took the life of Hirschbeck's son.
"I wish it wouldn't have happened. It's a cloud that I have to live with," Alomar said of the spitting incident. "Me and John are great friends. He forgave me. We keep talking as friends. I know his family. I know his kids. And I think at times it gets blown out of proportion, but we move on. I hope some people can move on the same way John and I did."
Alomar's other disappointment was not reaching or winning the
"There's always regret when you don't reach the goal. We wanted to go all the way. We had the team to do it. We just came [up] short," Alomar said. "There's always regret when I look back on my career. Any of the three years that I played there, we could have won at least one year. We couldn't pull the trigger. Yes, it's disappointing, but on the other hand, we got to the playoffs and we played some good baseball."
Alomar, now a senior advisor to the
"I believe that the Orioles, first of all, have a great manager," Alomar said. "He knows the game real well. I think they have done a good job with their minor league system, bringing guys up. It's proof that if you play people the right way, you can win a lot of games.
"I believe the Baltimore Orioles are on the right track. They have great role players, great young players, great balance from top to bottom, great pitching. The manager is an unbelievable manager. I have a lot of respect for him. He's done a great job with that team."
Showalter managed against Alomar for several years, including in the early to mid 1990s, when he was with the
Former second baseman