Alou, an outfielder, was initially selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round of the1986 amateur draft with the second overall pick.
After appearing in two games for the Pirates in 1990, Alou was traded to the Montreal Expos, with whom he would spend the next five and a half seasons. He joined the Marlins in 1997, just in time for their championship run.
He earned All-Star honors in his single season with Florida, hitting .292 with 23 home runs and 115 RBI, good for ninth-most in the NL.
After hitting just .133 in the NLDS and NLCS, Alou caught fire in the World Series, belting three home runs and nine RBI with a .321 average. He also won the Babe Ruth Award, which is given annually to the World Series MVP by the NY area BBWAA chapter.
Alou is one of very few players who bat without the aid of batting gloves, instead preferring to urinate on his hands during the season to "toughen them up."
He is a member of one of the most prolific baseball families. His father Felipe, cousin Mel Rojas, and uncles Jesus and Matty all enjoyed long careers in Major League baseball.