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Full Name: Moises Rojas Alou Primary Position: OF,LF,RF
First Game: July 26, 1990 Birthdate: July 3, 1966
Last Game: June 10, 2008 Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
MLB Experience: 17 years Bat/Throw: Right/Right
College: N/A


Moisés Rojas Alou (born July 3, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an All-Star outfielder in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the San Francisco Giants. He comes from a family in which baseball is a way of life. His father Felipe, the Giants' current manager, as well as uncles Matty and Jesús, all had long and admired careers in the major leagues. Alou is married to wife Austria Alou; they have three sons: Perico, Kirby and Moisés Jr.

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Career Highlights

Alou, who was more interested in playing basketball during his youth, did not play organized baseball until he attended Canada College in Redwood City, California. It was there that baseball scouts noticed his tremendous bat speed and speed on the basepaths. In 1986, Alou was the second overall pick in the amateur draft, chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1990, he was traded to the Montreal Expos where he would later play under his father while he managed the Expos.

Alou suffered a severe ankle injury in 1993 that would rob him of his speed and force him to become strictly a corner outfielder. He recovered though, and by 1994 was one of the best hitters in baseball, hitting .339. In 1994, he returned to get the game-winning hit in the All-Star Game. For the next two seasons, he would enjoy stellar seasons at the plate in Montreal, however losing a number of games due to injury.

Prior to the 1997 season Alou signed as a free agent with the Florida Marlins, where he led the team with 23 home runs and 115 RBIs. The Marlins made the playoffs as a wild card team where they defeated first the Giants and then the Atlanta Braves, and advanced to the World Series. Florida ended up winning their first World Series in a nail-biting seventh game which ended on an Edgar Renteria base hit. In the end, Alou led the team by hitting .321 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the World Series.

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Alou is noted for having one of the most unusual batting stances in baseball

Before the 1998 season, the Marlins traded Alou to the Houston Astros. In Houston, Alou played the best baseball of his career. In his first season with the team, he hit a career high 38 home runs and drove in 124 runs while leading the Astros to a franchise record 102 wins. However, during the offseason, he would be bitten by the injury bug once more when he tore his ACL in a freak treadmill accident. Alou ended up missing the entire 1999 season. Once recovered, he returned to the Astros lineup to hit .355 and .331 respectively while driving in at least 108 runs in each season. After the 2001 season, the Astros did not offer Alou a new contract so he in effect became a free agent. In December 2001, he inked a 3-year, $27 million dollar contract with the Chicago Cubs.

In 2002, Alou once again ended up on the disabled list at the start of the season, and once healthy, he could never really get into a groove as he did in Houston. He finished up with a disappointing season in his own accounts when he hit only .275 and 15 home runs.

After the disappointing 2002 season, Alou hired a personal trainer and dedicated himself to return to his old form. In the 2003 season, he showed flashes of his old self when he batted over .300 for most of the season while driving in runs as he used to. But a late season slump caused Alou's average to drop to .280. He ended up with 22 home runs and 91 RBI's. However, during the post season, he showed no signs of a slump. Alou lead the team in average in their two series against the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins. In the end, he would make history in the playoffs, but some he would like to forget.

It was the 8th inning of Game 6 of the NLCS, with the Cubs leading and needing only five outs to clinch a World Series birth for the first time since 1945, a Cubs fan named Steve Bartman inadvertently interfered with a foul ball landing one row into the stands, preventing Alou, who reached into the stands, from catching the ball for an out. Alou angrily gestured toward him, but later forgave Bartman. Video replays showed that, although Alou would have had an opportunity to make the catch if Bartman had not reached for the ball, the ball was clearly over the stands, thus fan interference could not be called. The Florida Marlins, Alou's former team, eventually tied the game, took the lead, and won. The Cubs lost game 7 to the Marlins, who went on to beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.

After a comeback season in 2003, Alou had a career year in 2004. He set new career highs in home runs (39), doubles (36), and runs (106), while driving in 106 runs. However, after high expectations, the Chicago Cubs fell short of a playoff berth when they lost seven of their last nine games. Alou, who was a free agent, said he would love to stay in Chicago. Nevertheless, many experts and reporters doubted the Cubs would pick up his option. In October 2004 Moises did announce to the public that he had talked to his father, Felipe, about possibly playing for him and the Giants next season. In December 2004, he signed a one year deal with the Giants worth $13.5 million, with a player option for a second year. Alou was expected to regularly play in right field for the first time since 2001, but due to injuries to left fielder Barry Bonds, he started most games in left field. Alou had stated that he would retire if the Giants won the World Series in 2005, but Alou exercised his option and will play the 2006 season.

Awards

  • 1994 NL Comeback Player of the Year
  • 1994 Silver Slugger Award
  • 1998 Silver Slugger Award

Little-known facts

  • As a child, Alou was attacked and nearly killed by a dog. However, father Felipe said young Moisés didn't shed a tear.
  • During most of his youth, Moisés lived with his mother. Alou's parents divorced when he was only a young child.
  • Moisés owns nearly 100 race horses in the Dominican Republic. Many of the horses are named after present and past team mates.
  • Moisés' best friend and favorite teammate is Jeff Bagwell of the Houston Astros.
  • Alou is one of two players in MLB history to have made an all-star team while playing for five different teams.
  • Recently, Moisés admitted in an interview with ESPN that he urinates on his hands frequently to prevent blisters. Later, he stated that he was joking and would like to leave this issue in the past.
  • Moises was the victim in the famous Steve Bartman incident in the playoffs with the Cubs. With one out, Moises was going for a foul ball when a fan, Bartman, reached out to catch the ball and blocked Moises' attempt, allowing the inning to continue.
  • Alou, along with San Francisco Giants teammates Barry Bonds and Steve Finley, made up the oldest outfield combination in MLB history during a 2006 game; each player was over 40 years old at the time.
  • Moisés' first name is sometimes mispronounced with a silent "S" at the end due to his five year tenure in French speaking Montréal.

Career injuries

  • Torn Anterior cruciate ligament
  • Torn labrum
  • Fractured fibula]] & ankle
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Partially torn calf

Scouting Report

Strengths
He has a potent power swing and has greatly improved his selectivity at the plate in recent years. He can tear up righties as well as lefties and has a very good arm in the outfield.

Weaknesses
His trips to the disabled list have hurt his production and his range in the field. This has also forced him to cut down on his stolen base attempts.

Most Known For
The Steve Bartman incident. In the 2003 NLCS, with the Cubs holding a 3-2 lead in Game 6 and only 5 outs away from the World Series, Luis Castillo of the Marlins hit a high foul ball to left field where it was heading into the stands. Alou, thinking he could nab the ball for the second out, headed toward the stands with his glove held high and was just about to fit his glove around the ball when Cubs fan Steve Bartman interrupted Alou's poise and the ball deflected off his hand and into the stands. Even though the Cubs tried to get a fan interference call, the field umpire labeled it foul, declaring it "up for grabs". The Cubs would go on to lose the game and the series.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1990 PIT N 2 5 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1990 MON N 14 15 4 3 0 0 .200 .200 .333 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
1990 TOT N 16 20 4 4 0 0 .200 .200 .300 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 1
1992 MON N 115 341 53 96 9 56 .282 .328 .455 28 2 25 46 1 5 16 0 5
1993 MON N 136 482 70 138 18 85 .286 .340 .483 29 6 38 53 5 3 17 9 9
1994 MON N 107 422 81 143 22 78 .339 .397 .592 31 5 42 63 2 0 7 10 7
1995 MON N 93 344 48 94 14 58 .273 .342 .459 22 0 29 56 9 0 4 6 9
1996 MON N 143 540 87 152 21 96 .281 .339 .457 28 2 49 83 2 0 9 7 15
1997 FLA N 150 538 88 157 23 115 .292 .373 .493 29 5 70 85 4 0 9 9 13
1998 HOU N 159 584 104 182 38 124 .312 .399 .582 34 5 84 87 5 0 11 11 14
2000 HOU N 126 454 82 161 30 114 .355 .416 .623 28 2 52 45 2 0 3 4 21
2001 HOU N 136 513 79 170 27 108 .331 .396 .554 31 1 57 57 3 0 5 14 18
2002 CHC N 132 484 50 133 15 61 .275 .337 .419 23 1 47 61 0 0 8 4 15
2003 CHC N 151 565 83 158 22 91 .280 .357 .462 35 1 63 67 7 0 3 7 16
2004 CHC N 155 601 106 176 39 106 .293 .361 .557 36 3 68 80 0 0 3 2 12
2005 SFG N 123 427 67 137 19 63 .321 .400 .518 21 3 56 43 3 0 5 1 11
2006 SFG N 98 345 52 104 22 74 .301 .352 .571 25 1 28 31 1 0 2 2 15
2007 NYM N 87 328 51 112 13 49 .341 .392 .524 19 1 27 30 2 0 3 5 13
2008 NYM N 15 49 4 17 0 9 .347 .389 .388 2 0 2 4 2 0 1 0 1
Total 1942 7037 1109 2134 332 1287 .303 .369 .516 421 39 737 894 48 9 106 91 195

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1990 PIT N OF 2 1 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 PIT N LF 2 1 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 MON N OF 5 2 23 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 MON N LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1990 MON N RF 2 2 18 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 MON N CF 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1990 TOT N LF 3 1 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 TOT N OF 7 3 35 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1992 MON N RF 15 12 107.2 28 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .933
1992 MON N OF 100 80 748.1 170 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1992 MON N CF 13 6 62.2 23 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1992 MON N LF 79 62 578 118 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1993 MON N LF 102 91 796.1 181 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1993 MON N RF 34 25 235.2 52 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .965
1993 MON N OF 136 123 1099.2 254 11 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1993 MON N CF 12 7 67.2 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1994 MON N OF 106 106 922.1 201 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1994 MON N LF 63 63 540.2 98 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1994 MON N RF 45 43 381.2 104 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1995 MON N OF 92 91 774.1 147 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1995 MON N CF 4 3 26.2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1995 MON N LF 61 61 517 96 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1995 MON N RF 30 27 230.2 49 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1996 MON N LF 33 27 216.1 51 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .963
1996 MON N OF 142 141 1206 259 8 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1996 MON N CF 7 5 41.2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1996 MON N RF 123 109 948 202 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1997 FLA N RF 22 7 98.2 18 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1997 FLA N LF 90 84 715 123 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1997 FLA N CF 55 53 462.2 106 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1997 FLA N OF 150 144 1276.1 248 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1998 HOU N CF 6 4 33.1 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1998 HOU N OF 154 152 1363.1 232 11 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1998 HOU N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 HOU N LF 152 148 1330 228 11 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .984
2000 HOU N RF 64 64 535 102 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
2000 HOU N LF 59 56 477.2 92 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .948
2000 HOU N OF 121 120 1012.2 194 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .971
2000 HOU N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 HOU N OF 130 130 1116.2 205 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .991
2001 HOU N RF 130 130 1116.2 205 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .991
2001 HOU N DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 CHC N OF 124 124 1043.2 204 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .991
2002 CHC N DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 CHC N LF 122 120 1012.2 199 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2002 CHC N CF 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 CHC N RF 4 4 29 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 CHC N LF 142 140 1219 203 4 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .972
2003 CHC N DH 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 CHC N OF 142 140 1219 203 4 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .972
2004 CHC N LF 154 152 1338.1 240 7 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2004 CHC N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 CHC N OF 154 152 1338.1 240 7 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2005 SFG N LF 74 66 576 132 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .971
2005 SFG N RF 53 51 412.2 90 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .959
2005 SFG N OF 117 117 988.2 222 5 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 .966
2005 SFG N DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 SFG N OF 92 90 725.2 173 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2006 SFG N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 SFG N RF 81 80 646.2 154 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .975
2006 SFG N LF 11 10 79 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 NYM N LF 84 84 703 138 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .973
2008 NYM N LF 13 13 92.1 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 NYM N LF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total OF 1864 1810 15665.1 3114 95 65 20 0 0 0 0 0 .980
Total LF 1242 1178 10204.1 1939 53 45 7 0 0 0 0 0 .978
Total RF 603 554 4760.1 1015 36 19 12 0 0 0 0 0 .982
Total CF 100 78 700.2 170 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .994
Total DH 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

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Trivia

  • During most of his youth, Moises lived with his mother. Alou's parents divorced when he was only a young child.
  • Moises is one of few baseball players who bat without the use of batting gloves. It has been rumored that he urinates on his hands because it makes the skin tougher.
  • Moises owns nearly 100 race horses in the Dominican Republic. Many of the horses are named after present and past teammates.
  • Alou is one of two players in MLB history to represent five teams in an all-star game.
  • Alou, along with San Francisco Giants teammates Barry Bonds and Steve Finley, made up the oldest outfield combination in MLB history during a 2006 game; each player was over 40 years old at the time.
  • During his five-year tenure with the Montreal Expos organization, Moisés' first name was sometimes mispronounced with a silent "S" at the end due to the fact that many people speak French there.
  • Alou owns the Mets' longest single season hitting streak, and longest overall hitting streak, at 30 games.
  • Moises is the son of Felipe Alou, the nephew of Jesus and Matty Alou, and the cousin of Mel Rojas and Jose Sosa; all of them have played in the majors.
  • Alou is one of the very few players who do not wear batting gloves while batting.
    • In an interview with ESPN's Gary Miller, he revealed that during baseball season he urinates on his hands to toughen them up.
    • Several doctors, however, say urine softens the skin, rather than hardening it.


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