The Mets thought they had gotten an early Christmas present when they acquired Roberto Alomar from the Cleveland Indians along with Mike Bacsik and Danny Peoples on December 11, 2001 in exchange for Jerrod Riggan, Alex Escobar, Matt Lawton, Billy Traber and Earl Snyder. After all, Alomar was not only a lifetime .300 hitter he was also one of the best fielding 2nd baseman in the game having won 10 gold glove awards. Unfortunately, what they got was a 2nd baseman on the downside. Beware of the Cleveland Indians when they are looking to trade 2nd baseman – see Carlos Baerga.
Alomar went 1 for 5 with 2 RBI’s in his Met debut on April 1, 2002 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. But his first season in New York was a big disappointment. Alomar hit a just.266 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs and quickly became a target of the boo birds at Shea Stadium as it often appeared that he was not giving a 100%. Things didn’t get much better for him in 2003 and with his batting average still hovering around .260 and the boos growing louder the Mets finally had seen enough and shipped him to the Chicago White Sox on July 1st in exchange for pitchers Edwin Almonte and Royce Ring.
Despite his disappointing stint in New York, in 222 games over a season and a half Alomar hit .265 with just 13 home runs and 75 RBIs, he found his way to Cooperstown. In his second year of eligibility he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. He became the 11th player to wear a Met uniform to be so honored.
Roberto Alomar does hold the distinction of being the first Met player to be the son of a former Met, his father Sandy Alomar Sr played for the Mets in 1967. His brother Sandy Alomar Jr also played briefly for the Mets in 2008.
While with the Mets Roberto Alomar wore number 12.
Roberto Alomar also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1988-1990
Toronto Blue Jays – 1991-1995
Baltimore Orioles – 1996-1998
Cleveland Indians – 1999-2001
Chicago White Sox – 2003,2004
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2004