In 1996, Roberto Alomar came to the Orioles for the first of three seasons. He played second base so well that many people believe that no one in baseball had ever played the position as spectacularly.

For that season and the two that followed them, Alomar was elected to the Orioles’ Hall of Fame. He batted .328 with 43 doubles, 22 home runs and 94 RBIs.

Alomar played just three of his 17 seasons with the Orioles, and in the first two, 1996 and 1997, the team made the postseason. In 1996, the Orioles lost to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series in five games, and the next year was upset by the Cleveland Indians in six games in the ALCS.

“Great fans, great people. I had great years with them. I wish we could have brought the Series to Baltimore. We came up short, but I had some great memories there," Alomar said in a Wednesday conference call.

“There’s always regret when you don’t go. In any of the three years we could have won,” Alomar said.

The 1996 team was the first team to make the postseason since the World Series winners of 1983.

“I think I had a great year,” Alomar said. “I was doing everything that I could to bring the championship to the city of Baltimore, I was feeling good, I had no injuries, I was playing great. It was one of the best years of my career.”

Alomar credited the teammates he had for his success with the Orioles.