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Roberto Alomar retires

Postby WebHamster » Sat Mar 19, 2005 3:00 pm

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - All-Star second baseman Roberto Alomar announced his retirement Saturday.

The 37-year-old Alomar, who inked a contract with Tampa Bay in January, had been sidelined the past week with a back problem before returning to the Devil Rays' lineup Friday night. However, he dropped two throws for a pair of errors in the first inning of Tampa Bay's 5-4 loss to Toronto and then struck out looking in his first -- and only -- at-bat.

After striking out, Alomar took himself out of the game. Perhaps one of the best second basemen to ever play, Alomar was then seen talking with Chuck LaMar, the team's general manager, before leaving the ballpark.

Alomar leaves the game as a career .300 hitter with 210 homers, 1,134 RBI and 474 stolen bases over 17 seasons with San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets. He was a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and was an All-Star 12 times, including 11 straight years from 1991-2001.

He is one of only seven players in major league history with a .300 average, 400 steals and 500 doubles, joining Ty Cobb, Ed Delahanty, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Paul Molitor and Barry Bonds.

The switch-hitting Alomar needed 276 hits to reach the 3,000 milestone, but struggled the past three seasons, batting just .258 two years ago.

He missed two months of the 2004 season with a broken right hand and ended the year with four home runs and 24 RBI in just 56 games for Arizona and the White Sox.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay right fielder Danny Bautista, who hit .286 with 11 homers and 65 RBI last season, also announced his retirement. In 895 career games, the 32-year-old Bautista registered 62 homers with a .272 batting average and 319 RBI.
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