Future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar signs free agent contract with Baltimore Orioles
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“Getting to play beside Cal [Ripken] is one of the reasons I signed with the Orioles,” Alomar said to the Post during Spring Training the following year. “I want to learn from him. He is a legend. Maybe now he is the legend of the game.”
The two crossed paths during every All-Star Game from 1990-1995, and would continue to do so from 1996 onward, but this time as teammates. With competitive drive and high expectations that would one day make them Hall of Famers, the pair pushed each other to be better.
“I’m really excited,” Ripken said after hearing that Alomar had been signed by the Orioles. “Robby and I talk every day. He’ll bring out a higher level of execution in me.”
With five-straight Gold Gloves Awards, six All-Star Game selections and four straight seasons of batting .300 or better, Alomar was at the peak of his career. He saw himself growing with Ripken, but also wanted to grow with his team – which would have been a challenge in Toronto.
“Toronto was great to me; everybody treated me real well. But I think it was time to move on,” Alomar said to The New York Times. “Toronto wants to be a rebuilding team, and I wanted to be part of a winning team.”
“Baltimore has a great ballclub,” he continued. “Now that I’m a part of it, I think we have a chance to go all the way. That’s what I wanted, to be a part of a winning club.”
Alex Coffey is the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame