Plenty of great players have graced Major League Baseball fields, but the only way to know their true talent is if they are one of the few to be enshrined in Cooperstown's National Baseball Hall of Fame. On July 24th, former Blue Jays infielder Roberto Alomar will join Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven as they become the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In his 15-year career, the brother of Sandy Alomar Jr., played for eight different teams and won back-to-back (and belly-to-belly [John Sterling reference]) World Series as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Roberto and I spoke immediately after the Blue Jays selected Tyler Beede of Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts at the twenty-first selection overall in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Brad Wolff: Is your Hall of Fame speech already written?
Roberto Alomar: Not yet, but I'm half way done. It's getting there.
BW: Could you give us a little sneak peak?
RA: I'm going to talk about my family, especially my parents who helped me be where I am today, and to all the fans that I had a chance to play for and to all the teams I had the chance to play and play for. All of my fans too, and G-d for giving me the ability to play this game.
BW: Can you evaluate the core of the Blue Jays right now?
RA: I think the core of the Blue Jays is real strong. I think we have a great ball club. We have all the tools. We have pitching, hitting, and defense, and if we can hit for a little more power, we're good. We are definitely in the right direction.
BW: Tell us what you think of Tyler Beede.
Jay Stenhouse, Vice President of Communications for the Blue Jays: That's unfair [laughing]. He's not a scout!
RA: I'm not a scout, man [laughing]. But from reading this thing about him, he seems pretty good.
BW: Which hit of yours was your favorite or do you vividly remember the most?
RA: Well, my first hit, against Nolan Ryan, was one of my biggest moments of my career. But the home run off of [Dennis] Eckersley in the 1992 American League Championship Series was another big hit.
BW: What advice would you give to any of the draft picks tonight?
RA: Pick a good one!
Brad Wolff is the 14 year old writer of The King of Sports Blog and radio show host of The King of Sports Blog Radio