Just in time for the holiday season, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list follows last week's biggest blockbusters with the complete opposite: the biggest busts in Met history. Today's biggest bust is #6 – Roberto Alomar.
All Time Mets Stats: 222 games, .265 batting average, 226 hits, 107 runs scored, 41 doubles, 13 home runs, 75 RBI, .370 slugging, .333 OPS.
Analysis: Hands down when Roberto Alomar came to the Mets, they had acquired what was then one of the top second baseman in all of baseball. Alomar could field with the best of them and had a lifetime .300 batting average. However, much like the arrival of his new teammate Mo Vaughn in 2002, the Mets would soon find out that the talents they had acquired had fell apart all but too soon. This would begin the mark of players who would come to the Mets with hall of fame/respectable careers and allow fans to witness the death of those very careers (see Mo Vaughn, Jason Bay, Bobby Bonilla, or in fact Alomar himself. I'm sure a few more can come to your own mind).
Prior to coming to the Mets Alomar had two of his best seasons playing along his his brother Sandy Alomar Jr. in Cleveland. In 2001, Roberto Alomar hit 20 home-runs, 100 RBI's, with .336 average and a career high on base percentage of .956. And prior to that, he had a history of hitting over .300 for nine out of his 14 major league seasons. As luck would have it though, coming to the Mets would change that….and fast.
The Mets made the trade that involved Alomar, Mike Bacsik, and Danny Peoples from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Billy Traber, Matt Lawton, Jerrod Riggan, Earl Snyder, and Alex Escobar on December 11, 2001. Upon coming to the Mets, Alomar hit only 11 home runs, 53 RBI's, and a steep average dip of .266. Safe to say after not improving on those numbers and failing to win over Mets fans, the organization finally had enough and traded him to the Chicago White Sox for Edwin Almonte and Royce Ring, the following season.
Roberto Alomar would eventually find himself in the hall of fame in 2011. His second year of eligibility.
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