Roberto Alomar

Roberto AlomarAlomar ranks 11th in WAR among second baseman all-time.

Like a lot of second basemen, Alomar pooped out at about age 34.

Through 2015, only 58 times in baseball history has a second baseman played at least 130 games at his position in a season where he was older than 34. The vast majority of those seasons were mediocre or terrible. Only Tom Daly, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins, Rogers Hornsby (one short season), Charlie Gehringer, Joe Morgan, Lou Whitaker, Jeff Kent, and Chase Utley (one season) have defied father time by having good seasons after their 34th birthday.Alomar had a .698 OPS after the age of 34, which is pretty typical for a middle infielder of his era.

The switch-hitting Alomar was much better from the left side, posting an 842 OPS as opposed to 745 as a right-handed hitter. In Baltimore with Cal Ripken Jr. and in Cleveland with Omar Vizquel, Alomar was part of two of the best double play combinations in baseball history, albeit briefly. His best seasons came in Toronto, but he probably should have won the MVP in 1999 while with the Orioles. That season, the top five finishers in MVP voting in the AL were Latin stars: Pudge Rodriguez, Pedro Martinez, Alomar, Manny Ramirez, and Rafael Palmeiro.