Sandy Alomar Sr. is beginning his 47th season in professional baseball and third as a coach for the New York Mets in 2007. He served as the Mets bench coach in 2005 before moving to the third-base coaching box in 2006. Prior to his arrival in New York, Alomar was the third-base coach for the Colorado Rockies for two years and from 1991-2003, he was a member of the Chicago Cubs’ organization in several different coaching capacities. Before that, he was a part of the San Diego Padres’ organization for six campaigns. From 1979-84, Alomar coached the Puerto Rican national team.
Alomar’s Major League playing career covered parts of 15 seasons from 1964-78. Known for his solid defensive skills, he played in 1,481 games as a second baseman and switch-hitter with six different organizations, compiling a .245 career batting average. A 1970 American League All-Star with the California Angels, Alomar set a big league record the following year that still stands today by going to the plate 739 times (689 at-bats) without being hit by a pitch. He saw his only postseason action with the Yankees in 1976, playing in two games of New York’s American League Championship Series victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Alomar and his wife Maria are the parents of three children and six grandchildren. His sons Sandy Jr. and Roberto both made their Major League debuts with the Padres in 1988 while he was on the coaching staff. Roberto ended up being a 12-time All-Star second baseman and Sandy Jr., who still plays with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is a six- time All-Star catcher. Three of his brothers also played professional baseball.
A lifelong Catholic, Alomar learned the faith as a youngster growing up in Puerto Rico. He believes that Jesus Christ was the only perfect man who died for our sins and gave Himself for us. Alomar says that his wife Maria was the spiritual leader of the family and taught his children to love the Blessed Mother and the rosary.
He co-authored How to Play the Infield, a book released in 1972.