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Indians Legend Sandy Alomar Jr. to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award During the Cleveland Sports Awards

Tuesday morning the Indians announced that current first base coach and former catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on February 6th in Downtown Cleveland.

The former Tribe legend spent 11 years behind the plate and was a six-time All-Star selection and became the 33rd player to be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame in 2009.

While with the Indians Alomar hit .277 with 194 doubles, 92 home runs and 453 RBIs in 985 games.

His 950 games caught are the third-highest in the history of the Indians organization.

Alomar was acquired by the Tribe from the San Diego Padres in 1989 in a deal that sent Joe Carter to San Diego. 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.

He left the Indians in 2000, and was involved with five different clubs before completing his 20th Major League season in 2007.

Alomar was the teams’ interim manager for six games of the 2012 season after the club fired Manny Acta, and the following year stayed on Terry Francona’s new staff, and has been a part of it ever since.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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