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Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou
Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou hits a single against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning Monday, April 18, 2004 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (UPI Photo/Tannen Maury)
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Moisés Rojas Alou (usually pronounced /ˈmɔɪzɨs əˈluː/ in English; Spanish pronunciation: ; born July 3, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball. His father Felipe, who managed Moises with the Expos from 1992 to 1996 and the Giants from 2005 to 2006, as well as uncles Matty and Jesús, and cousin Mel Rojas, all had long careers in Major League Baseball. As of 2008, he was one of four active major leaguers (along with Prince Fielder, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Daryle Ward) to hit 20 home runs in a season whose fathers had also hit 20 home runs in an MLB season. Alou is married to Austria Alou; they have three sons: Percio, Kirby and Moisés Jr.

At the age of 18, Alou was more interested in playing basketball during his youth, and did not play organized baseball until he attended Cañada College in Redwood City, California. It was there that baseball scouts noticed his bat speed and speed on the basepaths. In 1986, Alou was the second overall pick in the amateur draft, chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1990, he was traded to the Montreal Expos where he would later play under his father while he managed the Expos.

Alou suffered a severe ankle injury in 1993 that would rob him of his speed and force him to become strictly a corner outfielder. He recovered in 1994, hitting .339 and hit the game-winning hit in the year's All-Star Game. For the next two seasons, he would enjoy success at the plate in Montreal, however losing a number of games due to injury.

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