NEW YORK (AP) – Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar has been fired as a consultant by Major League Baseball and placed on the league’s list of ineligible players after an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct.
Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the dismissal on Friday, saying in a statement that a baseball industry employee reported an incident earlier this year involving Alomar from 2014. The league hired an outside law firm to investigate the case.
“After reviewing all available evidence from the now completed investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Alomar violated MLB policies, and that the termination of his consulting contract and the ineligibility list of the MLB are justified, ”Manfred said.
MLB said it would not provide further details on the investigation to protect the individual who came forward.
Alomar also lost his special assistant job with the Toronto Blue Jays. The club said in a statement that it was immediately severing ties with Alomar, including removing him from his level of excellence and removing his banner from the Rogers Center.
Alomar said on Twitter that he was “disappointed, surprised and upset” by the MLB decision.
“With the current social climate, I understand why Major League Baseball has taken the position it has,” he wrote. “I hope this allegation can be heard in a place that will allow me to address the accusation directly. I will continue to spend my time helping children achieve their baseball dreams. I will not make any further comments at this time. “
Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the Hall of Fame board, said Hall was “shocked and saddened” by Alomar’s actions, but said her plaque will remain on display. Alomar was inducted in 2011.
“Her consecration reflects her eligibility and the views of BBWAA voters at the time,” she said in a statement.
Alomar was 12 All-Star in 17 seasons with the San Diego Padres, Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks . He was known as a skillful outfielder, winning 10 gold gloves, and also for his temper – he spat sadly in the face of referee John Hirschbeck, earning himself a five-game ban in 1996.
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