Blue Jays to honour Roberto Alomar Jr.
The Toronto Blue Jays will honour Roberto Alomar Jr. on April 4, adding the former second baseman to the Level of Excellence.
Alomar, 40, is the eighth member of the Blue Jays to have his name adorn the ring, which circles the upper deck of the Rogers Centre.
The others are George Bell, Joe Carter, Tony Fernandez, Cito Gaston, Pat Gillick, Dave Stieb and the late Tom Cheek.
The ceremony will be held prior to Toronto's home opener against the Boston Red Sox.
Alomar, widely considered the most talented player in team history, spent five of his 17 major-league seasons in Toronto, and was instrumental in the Blue Jays' back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.
He was a 12-time all-star, won 10 Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence, and retired in 2005, just 276 hits shy of 3,000.
"Even though I had some great years with other teams, nothing can top those two World Series," he said. "If I get inducted to the Hall of Fame, I would love [it] to be with a Toronto Blue Jays hat."
Alomar averaged .300 with 210 home runs, 1,134 runs batted in, 1,508 runs scored and 474 stolen bases in 2,379 MLB games with the San Diego Padres, Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox.
He is one of only seven major-leaguer players with a .300 batting average, 500 doubles and 400 steals, a feat accomplished by Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb, Ed Delahanty, former Blue Jays teammate Paul Molitor, Tris Speaker and Honus Wagner.
In his final season, which he split between the Diamondbacks and White Sox, he hit .263 with four HRs, 24 RBIs and 18 runs in 56 games, missing two months with a broken left hand.
With files from the Canadian Press