A captivating look into the remarkable career and controversial life of a baseball Hall of Famer.
Roberto Alomar was not just a five-tool Hall of Famer; he was a magician on the diamond, a generational talent whose defensive wizardry left teammates and opponents breathless. Yet, despite his twelve All-Star selections and ten Gold Glove awards, he has remained one of the most contentious and enigmatic characters in baseball’s history.
Roberto Alomar: The Complicated Life and Legacy of a Baseball Hall of Famer is the first complete, balanced biography of arguably the greatest second baseman in the history of Major League Baseball. It covers Alomar’s impressive career, his altercation with umpire John Hirschbeck and their eventual friendship, the allegations stemming from Alomar’s personal life, never-before-heard stories about his conflicts with both minor and major league teammates, and his global influence.
When Roberto Alomar retired in 2005, his place as one of baseball’s all-time greats was unquestioned. But the controversies that always seem to follow him make Alomar’s legacy far from clear. Drawing on dozens of personal interviews with Alomar’s former teammates and opponents, Roberto Alomar pulls back the curtain on one of the most significant, divisive, and perplexing figures in baseball history.
David Ostrowsky is a sportswriter for the Atlanta Jewish Times and the author of Pro Sports in 1993: A Signature Season in Football, Basketball, Hockey, and Baseball. Ostrowsky currently serves as a corporate communications writer for The Phia Group. He lives in the Greater Boston area.
Chapter 1: Béisbol 24/7
Chapter 2: Livin’ la Vida Loca
Chapter 3: Leaving Las Vegas
Chapter 4: Caught in the Middle
Chapter 5: “Home Suite Home”
Chapter 6: A Star Among Stars
Chapter 7: An Ugly Spat
Chapter 8: Saving Face
Chapter 9: Rockin’ in Cleveland
Chapter 10: Back in Queens
Chapter 11: End of the Road
Chapter 12: Trouble in Paradise
Chapter 13: Second Time Around
Chapter 14: A Most Improbable Friendship
Chapter 15: Hell on Earth
Chapter 16: A Global Reach
Chapter 17: Spring 2021
"Complicated" is the operative word for Robbie Alomar, arguably the best second baseman in the history of baseball, yet whose professional and personal lives have been embroiled in controversy…. The author fearlessly wades into Alomar’s 1996 confrontation (and subsequent reconciliation) with umpire John Hirschbeck over a called third strike—Alomar spat in Hirschbeck’s face, alleging the ump used a slur against him—along with later charges of domestic violence, charges that he had exposed lovers to undisclosed HIV, and a sexual harassment issue that prompted Major League Baseball to drop its affiliation with Alomar, save for his Hall of Fame membership.
Roberto Alomar is one of the most talented ballplayers of all-time, the greatest second baseman since Joe Morgan, and part of a family that was truly baseball royalty. Fortunately, we have author David Ostrowsky to share Alomar’s story.
David Ostrowsky’s crisp and conversational prose tells Roberto Alomar’s story as effortlessly as the 10-time Gold Glove-winning second baseman fielded his position. The thorough research that helped make Ostrowsky’s first book, Pro Sports in 1993, a page turner does so again in his capable hands, presenting the dual sides of the enigmatic Alomar whose dazzling accomplishments when he chose to give 100% concealed a dark side off the field, leaving behind a deeply tarnished legacy.
I remember writing a story about Roberto Alomar Jr. and other Padres prospects taking an English class during spring training in Yuma. Little did I know what awaited him in his career and life, and I’m thrilled David Ostrowsky captured it all in this wonderful book that provides the hard truth in vivid detail.
At 28, Roberto Alomar had already established himself as one of baseball's very best players when one big mistake changed him from hero to villain. That one mistake stayed with him even as he played his way into the Hall of Fame. Hero or villain—which was Roberto Alomar? David Ostrowsky’s strong reporting and clear, crisp writing gives you everything you need to make up your own mind about one of baseball's most intriguing players.