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Moises Rojas Alou
born Moises Rojas

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Part of one of the great baseball families of all-time, outfielder Moises Alou played 17 seasons in the majors and was a 6-time All-Star.

Born in Atlanta while his father Felipe Alou played for the Braves, Alou went to high school in the Dominican Republic before attending Cañada College. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in January 1986 and made his pro debut that summer with the Watertown Pirates, hitting .236 in 69 games. He reached the majors with the team in July 1990, going 1-for-5 in 2 games before being dealt to the Montreal Expos less than a month later. However, he missed the entire 1991 season with a shoulder injury. Alou would go on to hit 27 homers against the Pirates, the most by an ex-Pirate to that point; he broke Gus Bell's mark of 24. Aramis Ramirez would surpass Alou.

Alou began 1992 in the majors and became the team's regular leftfielder around the same time his father became the team's skipper in May. He ended the year with a .292 average and 9 home runs and finished second to Eric Karros in National League Rookie of the Year voting. The next year, he hit .286 with 18 homers before missing the last two weeks of the season with a broken leg. He put together his best season to date in 1994, hitting .339 with 22 home runs in the strike-shortened campaign and finishing third in NL Most Valuable Player voting. He dipped to .273 with 14 homers in 1995 and missed most of the last two months of the year with shoulder injuries.

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Following the 1996 season, Alou became a free agent and signed with the Florida Marlins. He homered in his first at-bat with the team on Opening Day 1997 and ended the year with a .292 average, 23 homers, and 115 RBIs. He starred for the Marlins in the postseason, driving in 15 runs, and hit .321 with 3 home runs in the World Series as his team beat the Cleveland Indians. Just three weeks later, he was traded to the Houston Astros for three players.

Alou had one of his best years in 1998, hitting .312 and establishing career-highs with 38 homers and 124 runs batted in. Once again, he finished third in NL MVP voting. During Spring Training in 1999, he fell off a treadmill in a freak accident and missed the entire season following surgery. However, he bounced back nicely in 2000, posting a career-best .355 average while smashing 30 homers and driving in 114 runs. He put up comparable numbers the following summer.

After the 2001 campaign, Alou again explored free agency and was signed by the Chicago Cubs. He put up progressively better numbers in each of his three seasons in a Cubs uniform. However, he is perhaps best remembered during his time in Chicago for the events that occured in Game Six of the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins. In the eighth inning of that contest, he was attempting to catch a foul ball, a fan named Steve Bartman interfered with the ball. Florida went on to score 8 runs that inning to win the game and, the next day, the series.

Alou moved on to the San Francisco Giants, now managed by his father, in 2005. He hit .321 with 19 home runs in his first year with the team and was named a National League All-Star for the sixth time in his career. After two years in San Francisco, he ended his career with two seasons with the New York Mets.

Alou finished his career in the 2009 World Baseball Classic as a bench player. He flew out against Juan Carlos Sulbaran as a pinch-hitter in a 3-2 loss to the Dutch national team. In the make-or-break rematch with the Dutch, he pinch-hit for Willy Taveras with one on and two out in the ninth of a scoreless duel. Facing Diegomar Markwell, he grounded out to Sharlon Schoop to end his career.

Since 2009, Alou has worked as general manager for the Leones del Escogido team on the Dominican Winter League. In 2011, he was appointed by Major League Baseball as Tournament Director for El Torneo Supremo. In his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame in 2014, he received 6 votes (1.1%) and was dropped off the ballot.

In addition to his father, Alou is also the nephew of Matty Alou and Jesus Alou. No player played with both Felipe and Moises, but Jerry Reuss played with Moises, Matty, and Jesus Alou. Additionally, he is the cousin of ex-MLB pitcher Mel Rojas and brother of minor leaguers Jose Alou and Felipe Alou Jr.. Through his career, Moises had a much higher Adjusted OPS+ than any of the other Alous.

Alou is infamous for urinating on his hands to give them a rough texture. He did not use batting gloves.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1992 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 6-time NL All-Star (1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004 & 2005)
  • 2-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1994 & 1998)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 9 (1994, 1996-1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 & 2006)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1998, 2000 & 2004)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 5 (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2004)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1998 & 2004)
  • Won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997

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