Alomar Resigns From Hall Of Fame Board
On Monday, it was announced that Roberto Alomar has resigned from the Baseball Hall of Fame board. Chairperson of the board, Jane Forbes Clark, announced the board’s acceptance of his resignation. Alomar had been elected to serve on the board in 2019. He submitted his letter of resignation on Saturday in the wake of an allegation of sexual misconduct made against him.
The second baseman of the Hall of Fame was fired last week from his position as consultant at Major League Baseball. He was also then placed on the League’s ineligible list following an investigation into the allegation. Rob Manfred, the commissioner, announced that Alomar had been fired on Friday. In a statement, he said that a baseball industry employee had reported the incident of sexual misconduct involving Alomar earlier this year. The incident reportedly occurred in 2014.
Legal Team Investigating
The League has hired an external legal firm to investigate the matter. Major League Baseball has said that it will not provide any further details pertaining to the investigation so as to protect the victim who came forward.
Clarke announced that Alomar’s plaque will remain on display in the hall. He said that Alomar’s enshrinement is reflective of his eligibility and the perspective of the BBWAA voters at the time. Roberto Alomar was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Alomar Loses Another Position
Following his resignation from the Hall of Fame board, Alomar also lost his position as a special assistant with the Toronto Blue Jays. The club announced that it was severing ties with Alomar with immediate effect. This also included removing him from its Level of Excellence and taking down his banner at the Rogers Centre.
Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has also said that it would not revoke Alomar’s status as an inductee. However, he has been banned from all future Hall events and will no longer be associated with him or with his foundation.
Over the course of his career, Alomar was a 12-time All-Star spanning 17 seasons with various clubs. These included the San Diego Padres, the Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. Alomar was best known as a slick fielder. He won 10 Gold Gloves. He was also known for his infamous temper. He once spat in umpire John Hirschbeck’s face. In 1996, he was punished with a five-game ban.