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Moises Alou
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Moises Alou

Table of contents
1 Introduction
2 Baseball Career
3 Awards
4 Little Known Facts
5 External link

Introduction

Moises Rojas Alou (born July 3, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an all-star baseball player. He comes from a family in which baseball is a way of life. His father Felipe Alou, who is the San Francisco Giants manager, uncles Matty Alou and Jesus Alou, all had long and admired careers in the major leagues. Moises is married to wife Austria Alou. They have three sons: Perico, Kirby and Moises Jr.

Baseball Career

Moises, who was more interested in playing basketball during his youth, did not play organized baseball until he attended Canada College in California. It was there that baseball scouts noticed his tremendous bat speed and speed on the base baths. In 1986, Moises 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 who 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 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. For the next two seasons, Alou 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 wildcard team where they won two series to advanced to the World Series. The Marlins ended up winning their first World Series in a nail bitting seventh game which ended on an Edgar Renteria base hit. In the end, Alou lead the team by hitting .321 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the World Series.

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, Moises hit a career high 38 home runs and drove in 124 runs while leading the Astros to a franchise record 104 wins. However, during the offseason, Alou 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, Alou 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 of 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. Alou 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, Alou 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 RBIs. However, during the post season, Alou showed no signs of a slump. He lead the team in average in their two series against the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins. In the end, Moises would make history in the playoffs, but some he would like to forget.

It was the 8th inning of Game 6 of the NLCS which the Cubs were leading and only had five outs to go to clinch a World Series birth for the first time since 1945, a fan named Steve Bartman reached out and snagged the ball out of the air-and practically Alou's glove. Alou violently gestured toward the fan, but to no avail. Because of the play, the Florida Marlins, Alou's former team, were allowed to tie the game and eventually take the lead and hold on to win. The Cubs eventually lost game 7 to the Marlins, who went on to beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Alou is currently enjoying a fine 2004 season as the starting left fielder and cleanup hitter for the Chicago Cubs. In July of 2004, he was named to the National League All Star Team.

Awards

Little Known Facts

Career Injuries

External link