This Date In Baseball History- The Cleveland Indians traded outfielder Joe Carter- a big R.B.I. guy to the San Diego Padres for second baseman Carlos Baerga, catcher Sandy Alomar Jr and utility man Chris James. Two of the players the lowly Indians acquire- Baerga and Alomar will be part of a rebuilding job in Cleveland- that will lead to the World Series in 1995. Carter will spend only one season in San Diego before becoming part of an even bigger trade- nearly a year later- when he along with another Alomar- future Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar were traded to Toronto for shortstop Tony Fernandez and first baseman Fred McGriff. Carter you will remember would hit the World Series winning walk off home run for Toronto in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series against Philadelphia.
massive for both sides… San Diego was in two of the biggest trades of that era both within a year or thereabouts, and both involving Joe Carter. The picture of Carter, in white home uniform, jumping up with joy (after that WS home run) is probably the most iconic in Toronto baseball history.
I was certainly rooting for the Blue Jays that year- I’d have rooted for anyone against Philadelphia!
I think the White Sox had all three Alomars (including Sandy Sr.) at one time or another.
I’d forgotten Roberto had played for them near the end of his career.
I hated to see the Padres trade away the Alomar brothers.
They should have kept them!