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Friday, March 06, 2009

Moises Alou says World Baseball Classic will likely be his finale

He tells Moises to take the bat that he is holding and to cast it onto the ground…

Moises Alou says he’ll likely turn down offers he has received to play this season, including one from the Philadelphia Phillies, and end his 18-year career after the World Baseball Classic.

And so his final professional at-bat may come in the Classic. The Dominicans play their opening game in Puerto Rico against the Netherlands on Saturday.

“I think I’m going home after this,” Alou said. “I haven’t decided 100 percent, but it looks like it. I’m tired of nagging injuries. Every day it’s something different.”

...“My bat is there,” he said. “If somebody from the American League had called, I was willing to do that. But nobody called.

“I can’t play in the field every day, and it’s hard for me to be a backup. Everyday players hate to pinch-hit. When you get a day off, you hope you’re winning 10-0 so you don’t get in the game.”

...“If this is my last rodeo, it’s going to be a nice one,” he said. “Hopefully we can win it all.”

Repoz Posted: March 06, 2009 at 01:34 AM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. CraigK Posted: March 06, 2009 at 01:53 AM (#3094093)
So, 2100 hits, a 128 OPS+.

Hall of Fame?
   2. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: March 06, 2009 at 01:58 AM (#3094094)
That's a big Hall you've got there, Craig.
   3. Zonk demands an audit of your post Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:09 AM (#3094099)
One's own urine must have been added to the list of banned substances.
   4. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:10 AM (#3094100)
wow only 2,100? i'd guessed way more
   5. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:12 AM (#3094103)
It's hard to picture Moises Alou using the phrase "If this is my last rodeo..."
   6. Dr. I likes his panda steak medium rare Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:14 AM (#3094104)
Crap. I clicked on this thread just to make a urine crack. And I was beaten to the punch after only 4 posts.
   7. Zonk demands an audit of your post Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:16 AM (#3094105)
Was it better than mine?

Cuz I'll delete it if it is - I love a good Alou peeing on his hands joke.
   8. Soul Man Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:26 AM (#3094116)
Not a Hall of Famer by any means, but he's had quite a career. How many others were All Stars with 5 different teams? Alou and Sheffield are the only ones I know of.
   9. mashimaro Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:32 AM (#3094122)
I guess he can be scratched off the "injury watch" list of players who get hurt every year.
   10. and Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:34 AM (#3094124)
I bet he's having prostate trouble.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:41 AM (#3094130)
Excellent player, Hall of Fame quality I guess if he had 1,000 more hits.
   12. Kyle S at work Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:43 AM (#3094131)
He was born in Atlanta! A traitor to the nation of his birth.
   13. Zonk demands an audit of your post Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:53 AM (#3094137)
I do have to say, while he wasn't an iron man beyond that -- making it back twice after missing not just one but two entire seasons.... that's pretty impressive.
   14. BaseballObscura Posted: March 06, 2009 at 02:54 AM (#3094139)
We'll always have '94...
   15. Lazzeri Posted: March 06, 2009 at 03:07 AM (#3094148)
Moises is going to pay Steve Bartman a visit.
   16. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 06, 2009 at 04:05 AM (#3094171)
Moises Alou could hit.

I wonder what he means when he said that no AL team called because if no team offered him an incentive laden deal to DH at least part time, then I'd be surprised but it may that no team offered enough money just to make it worth his while.
   17. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 06, 2009 at 04:39 AM (#3094184)
Feels like a million years ago that I was watching him as a raw rookie with the Pirates.

He had quite a career.
   18. Voodoo Posted: March 06, 2009 at 05:07 AM (#3094193)
We'll always have '94...


I'll always associate Moises Alou with the year 2004.

Good riddance, Moises, you whiny little #####...
   19. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: March 06, 2009 at 05:47 AM (#3094206)
Those were a very memorable 5 ABs with the Pirates.
   20. Snowboy Posted: March 06, 2009 at 06:46 AM (#3094218)
I'll always associate Moises Alou with the year 2004.
Good riddance, Moises, you whiny little #####...


I take it you are too young to have been watching The Expos @ Cards on Sept 16, 1993 in a bar, like I was.
   21. PreservedFish Posted: March 06, 2009 at 06:53 AM (#3094220)
He might hit .400 in the WBC and get some offers. The guy can probably still rake
   22. Meatwad Posted: March 06, 2009 at 07:30 AM (#3094226)
yeah but would you use a rake after him? espically knowing what he does to his hands, i wouldnt
   23. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: March 06, 2009 at 07:45 AM (#3094227)
Not a Hall of Famer by any means, but he's had quite a career. How many others were All Stars with 5 different teams? Alou and Sheffield are the only ones I know of.

I'm stumped. Rickey Henderson immediately came to mind... but how the heck did this guy not be selected in an ASG after 1991? He only made it as an Athletic and Yankee.

Roberto Alomar, Kevin Brown, and Roger Clemens did it with 4 teams.
   24. Blackadder Posted: March 06, 2009 at 09:00 AM (#3094229)
I always thought he was a pretty good comp for Jim Rice.
   25. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 06, 2009 at 11:08 AM (#3094252)
Because everyone was fearful of shaking hands with him?
   26. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: March 06, 2009 at 11:11 AM (#3094254)
I always thought he was a pretty good comp for Jim Rice.

Yes, teamates feared high fiving him.
   27. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 06, 2009 at 11:35 AM (#3094262)
Moises Alou says World Baseball Classic will likely be his finale

Piss off!
   28. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 06, 2009 at 12:30 PM (#3094272)
From a post of mine last fall, FYI.

If he had been able to play in 95% (154 a year) of his team's games since he became a full-timer in 1993, instead of the 76.5% that he has, we'd be talking about a player with 1376 R, 2649 H, 523 2b, 48 3b, 412 HR, 1598 RBI and 915 BB to go along with .303 average and 128 OPS+. Not bad for a guy that didn't become a regular starter until age 26. Of course this is all revisionist history, but it goes to show that he's been an HOF-calibre hitter over a long period (and appears to still have the ability at age 42).
   29. jwb Posted: March 06, 2009 at 07:30 PM (#3094783)
He's playd for Cañada College, like Harold Reynolds and Rafael Bournigal. If their fight song doesn't have the line

La Cañada, estamos en guardia por ti!

it certainly should.
   30. Walt Davis Posted: March 07, 2009 at 02:44 AM (#3095073)
he's been an HOF-calibre hitter over a long period

Well, a 128 OPS+ from a corner OF is only HOF-caliber for a select few. The 300 BA (with all those additional PA) would be more relevant.

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