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Alan Bloomfield

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Alan Bloomfield

Biographical Information[edit]

Alan Bloomfield played baseball for Great Britain for almost two decades, gaining the honor of being that country's Most Valuable Player in 1988, scoring a career-record 292 runs and becoming one of the nation's top hitters in the 20th century. In the field he was variously a second baseman, shortstop and pitcher. He was inducted into the British Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Bloomfield played in eight European Championships, the most of any player on the British national team through 2009. No active player can catch him until at least 2014. His father Arthur Bloomfield was briefly a member of the British national squad but never in a major tournament.

Bloomfield played in the 1984 European Championship B Pool; his performance earned him the praise "Alan Bloomfield must be regarded as the best British player ever", by the newspaper Hull Daily Mail. In 1988, he led the B Pool Euros with a .625 average to help Britain advance to the A Pool for 1989.

Alan was just 1 for 19 in the 1989 European Championship but drew 7 walks and scored 7 runs from the leadoff slot. In the 1991 European Championship, he led Britain with a .435 average, 10 hits and 7 walks. He helped Britain avoid no-hitters against both the Netherlands and Sweden.

In the 1996 European Championship B Pool, the veteran was 9 for 22 with 3 steals, 2 doubles and 2 triples. He led Britain with 11 runs. Bloomfield hit .364 in the 1997 European Championship to lead Britain with 8 hits. His homer against the Ukrainian national team was the lone British long ball of the tourney. He had hit .500 in the round-robin phase, placing 6th in that phase with a .786 slugging percentage, trailing only Tonny Verhaert, Johnny Balentina, Jeffrey Cranston, Jamel Boutagra and Alexandre Kossikov.

Alan hit .308/.357/.385 in the 1999 European Championship, his final event, and tied Brad Marcelino and Alex Malihoudis for the team lead with 3 RBI.

Primary Source: Great Britain Baseball Scorers Association

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