Thursday, September 18, 2008

#4T Roberto Alomar

IMPACT FACTOR 8/10 Alomar had 3 strong years with the Padres from 1988 to 1990, although he didn't develop much of his extra-base power until he left San Diego. He got on base more and hit for more extra bases after heading to Toronto. The method by which he left San Diego, the biggest trade of the early 1990s, helps increase his impact factor. Packaged with Joe Carter, he brought Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to San Diego. Fernandez had 2 solid years with the Padres before being flipped to the Mets, while McGriff had his first two really big seasons with the Padres before going to Atlanta for 3 young players.

He might have to wait a year or two because of his attitude, but Alomar will be in the Hall of Fame one day.


Mike S said...

Best fielding 2B that I have ever seen. I just wish that he hadn't completely fallen off a cliff once he joined the Mets in 2002.

Steve Gierman said...

He had a few flashes of brilliance in the field when he was with the White Sox, both times. They just didn't come as frequently as before.

Brandonmpsu said...

I'm not sure how you equate impact, but I'm surprised Alomar doesn't get a 10. If it's what impact he had on the Padres, then yes, his best years were with other teams, but as you mention in the posting, they got Fred McGriff for him in a trade.

Andy said...

My impact factors are only for performance with the team represented on the card (or in the case of the Olympians, their first MLB team.)

Alomar gets a lot of credit for that trade that brought McGriff, but at the time it was Joe Carter who was viewed as the bigger piece, and he did a lot more for Toronto than McGriff ever did for San Diego, at least in terms of post-season. (Not that I am a Carter fan--I'm not.)

If this were Alomar's traded card for when he joined the Blue Jays, it would have been 10/10 for sure.