Cleveland Indians: Top 4 All-Star Game performances of all time

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Sandy, C, 1997

Everything seemed to click for Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1997. He enjoyed a career year in which he absolutely hit the cover off the ball during the first half of the season.

Alomar hit .375 (1.016) before the All-Star break before regressing back to his career averages, hitting .264 (.766) in the second half.

His huge start gave him a season average of .324 (.900 OPS). It was a career high in average, OPS and home runs in what was almost a dream season for the Tribe.

That All-Star game, though, wow. Talk about moments that will never be forgotten. Alomar, a part of one of the royal families of baseball, delivered.

Alomar replaced starter Ivan Rodriguez in the sixth and made his first plate appearance in the seventh inning. With a man on first and the count at 2-2, Santos hit a 2-2 hanging slider into the left-field bleachers, giving the AL a 3-1 lead.

Mariano Rivera came into slam door, making the MVP choice obvious.

The game not only marks one of the Indians’ all-time best performances, but it’s one of the single best moments in All-Star history.