Sandy Alomar to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor
Vince Guerrieri | On 23, Jan 2019
Sandy Alomar Jr. has been an integral part of the Indians for the better part of the last quarter-century.
And on Feb. 6, he’ll be recognized by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission with the ceremony’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award, given out annually since the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards’ inception 19 years ago, recognizes someone who has dedicated their life to advancing sports in Cleveland. Previous winners for the Indians include former owner Dick Jacobs, broadcaster Tom Hamilton (and Joe Tait, who’s better known for his Cavs calls, but spent time in the booth at Cleveland Stadium), pitcher Bob Feller and player and manager Mike Hargrove.
Alomar came to the Indians in the trade that sent Joe Carter to San Diego in the 1989-90 off season. In 1990, Alomar was named American League Rookie of the Year. During his decade playing with the Tribe, he hit .277 with 194 doubles, 92 home runs and 453 RBIs in 985 games. Alomar’s 950 games caught are the third-highest in the history of the Indians organization.
Alomar’s most productive years in Cleveland occurred when the Indians, in their new home at Jacobs Field, won five straight American League Central titles and two pennants between 1995 and 1999. Alomar was a six-time All-Star and was named the game’s MVP in front of the hometown crowd in 1997 as well.
After leaving Cleveland in 2000, Alomar was involved with five different clubs before completing his 20th Major League season in 2007. He was inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame in 2009, and after that season became part of the Indians’ coaching staff. He’s remained in the Tribe dugout since, and served as interim manager for six games at the end of the 2012 season after Manny Acta was fired.
Off the field, Alomar is an avid cyclist and extremely supportive of Cleveland Clinic’s VeloSano, a year-round, community-driven fundraising initiative to support lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. Alomar designed the Cleveland Indians VeloSano team jersey in addition to participating in the 2016-17 rides.
Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award:
2002 – Jim Brown, former running back, Cleveland Browns
2003 – Mark H. McCormack, Founder, International Management Group (IMG)
2004 – Bob Feller, former pitcher, Cleveland Indians
2005 – Richard Jacobs, former owner, Cleveland Indians
2006 – Herb Score, former pitcher & announcer, Cleveland Indians
2007 – Joe Tait, former broadcaster, Cleveland Cavaliers
2008 – Chuck Kyle, Head Football Coach, St. Ignatius High School
2009 – Bob Kain, former CEO, IMG
2010 – Dr. John A. Bergfeld. M.D., Senior Orthopedic Surgeon & team physician, Cleveland Clinic
2011 – Reggie Rucker, former wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
2012 – Austin Carr, former guard & current broadcaster, Cleveland Cavaliers
2013 – Bernie Kosar, former quarterback, Cleveland Browns
2014 – Tom Hamilton, sportscaster & announcer, Cleveland Indians
2015 – Jim Donovan, radio & TV personality, WKYC & Cleveland Browns
2016 – Mike Hargrove, former first baseman & manager, Cleveland Indians
2017 – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, former center, Cleveland Cavaliers
2018 – Sandy Alomar Jr., coach and former catcher, Cleveland Indians