We have watched a lot of minor league games this season in Florida from the minor league camp, to extended spring training, to Gulf Coast and Florida State League games, Baseball Betsy and I have been there between drenching thunders storms to wilting humidity. One player has constantly stood out and he is Carlos Alonso, second baseman of the Clearwater Threshers.
Yesterday was a typical Tampa Bay area day which is always hot and humid and ends in a torrential but brief thunder storm. Just as predictable as the weather has been the play of Carlos Alonso. In last night’s 6-5 Threshers win in 10 innings it was the steady Alonso in the middle of it all. He picked up his 100th hit and worked his 50th walk of his remarkable season. He scored his 63rd run this year, good enough for second in runs scored in the Florida State League. His eight inning sacrifice fly drove in the tying run which set up the win. To top it off he played errorless ball again. He has only two errors in 438 chances at second base this season, the best in baseball.
Alonso is a gamer. He shows up for every game. No disabled list for Carlos. That’s why he is the Florida State League All-Star second baseman. And every Thresher game I attend the first name I look for on the lineup board is to see if Carlos Alonso’s name is on it. He is always worth the price of admission which is the ultimate compliment in professional baseball.