Robert George Allietta (born May 1, 1952 in New Bedford, Massachusetts) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. On January 13, 1971 he was drafted by the California Angels in the first round (seventh pick) of the 1971 amateur draft (secondary phase). His MLB career consisted of 21 games played for the Angels in 1975.
While in the minor leagues, Allietta led California League catchers with 12 double plays while playing for the Stockton Ports in 1972.
He made his Major League debut on May 6, 1975, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. He was the starting catcher that night against the Oakland Athletics, and went 0-for-2 against Ken Holtzman. In the top of the 7th, Rollie Fingers was called in to face Allietta, and Bill Sudakis pinch hit for him.
Allietta was on the disabled list that year from July 6 to August 17, limiting his playing time. Season and career totals include a .178 batting average (8-for-45), one home run, two runs batted in, and four runs scored. He was excellent on defense, handling 98 chances without an error, and had just one passed ball in 122 innings caught. He also threw out 4 of 16 baserunners attempting to steal.
By Dean Hanley
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