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Sandy Alomar Jr. to receive lifetime achievement award at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jan 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM

CLEVELAND — Sandy Alomar Jr., former Cleveland Indians catcher and current first base coach will receive the lifetime achievement award Wednesday during 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel grand ballroom in Downtown Cleveland. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Alomar spent 11 seasons catching with the Indians from 1990 to 2000. He was a six-time All-Star selection and became the 33rd player to be inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2009. During his tenure 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.

As one of the most popular players in club history, Alomar was the field leader behind the plate as his team won five American League Central Division titles and two American League Pennants from 1995 to 1999.

Called up from the minors with the San Diego Padres in 1989, Alomar was traded to the Indians club in 1990. In his rookie year, Alomar was named American League Rookie of the Year and received the Rawlings Glove Award.

In 1997, Alomar produced his best season. With the Tribe earning a World Series spot, he hit .324 with 37 doubles, 21 home runs and 83 RBIs in 125 games, earning All-Star Game MVP honors and finishing 14th overall in the American League MVP voting.

After leaving Cleveland in 2000, Alomar was involved with five different clubs before completing his 20th Major League season in 2007.

Now in his ninth season on the Indians coaching staff, Alomar spent eight of those seasons as the team’s First Base coach while also serving as the Bench Coach in 2012-13. Additionally, he served as interim manager for the final six games of the 2012 season and mentors Indians players in his former catcher position.

Off the diamond, 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.

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Cuyahoga Community College is given to a person who has dedicated their lives to the advancement of sports in Cleveland. Past recipients have ranged from former Indians and Browns players to high school football coaches in the region.

Greater Cleveland Sports Awards is the premier annual sports fundraiser that supports Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and celebrates Cleveland’s professional, collegiate and high school sports athletic achievements.

This event will feature appearances from current and former national sports celebrities along with a formal dinner, and awards ceremony honoring the top athletic achievements from 2018.

Tickets and tables for Sports Awards are available for purchase at clevelandsportsawards.com.

Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include:

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

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