MLB terminates Roberto Alomar’s consultant position in the wake of a sexual assault complaint.
Former Blue Jays infielder is ‘disappointed, shocked, and disturbed by the news.’
Major League Baseball has terminated a consulting job held by former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar in the wake of a sexual assault complaint.
Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Alomar’s ineligibility for the MLB on Friday, according to a league press release.
According to the commissioner’s statement, an independent investigation was undertaken at his office’s request by an external law firm to investigate the allegations, which date all the way back to 2014 and were revealed earlier this year by a “baseball industry employee.”
“After reviewing all of the available facts from the now-completed investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Alomar violated MLB’s policies and that his consultant contract should be terminated and he should be placed on MLB’s Ineligible List,” the statement said.
“We are appreciative of the individual’s foresight in coming forward. MLB will continue to work to build environments where people can speak their minds without fear of retribution, retaliation, or exclusion.”
Later Friday, the complainant’s attorney issued a statement stating that she had no plans to pursue further action against Alomar.
“She merely wishes to ensure that Mr. Alomar is kept responsible for his misconduct and hopes that her efforts will contribute to Major League Baseball creating a better work environment for its workers,” the statement said.
Additionally, it shared the woman’s support for the MLB’s disciplinary action against Alomar.
Jared Porter, the general manager of the New York Mets, was fired in January for sending sexually suggestive and uninvited messages and photographs to a female reporter in 2016.
The next month, Mickey Callaway, the Los Angeles Angels pitching coach, was suspended following reports of sexual behavior by five women in sports media.
The Blue Jays are’severing all bonds’ with the player.
The Blue Jays issued a statement expressing their support for MLB’s decision.
“Effective immediately, the Blue Jays are severing all ties with Alomar [and] are committed to advancing respect and justice in baseball, taking further steps by removing Alomar from the Level of Excellence and removing his banner from Rogers Centre.”
Alomar’s No. 12 banner was unveiled nearly ten years ago in July 2011 at the Rogers Centre. He joins late pitcher Roy Halladay as the only players in franchise history to have their numbers retired.
According to the update, the team commends “the person who courageously came forward.”
‘Disappointed, shocked,’ Alomar replied on Twitter, writing that he “understands” Major League Baseball’s stance in light of the current social environment.
“I am saddened, shocked, and outraged by today’s reporting,” he expressed. “My hope is that this allegation can be heard in a setting that will allow me to directly answer the charge.”
“I’ll continue to devote my time to assisting children in pursuing their baseball dreams. I will make no further comments at this time.”
MLB has stated that it would withhold additional information to protect the individual’s privacy and confidentiality.
Cooperstown retains the plaque.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame expressed shock and sadness, but stated that Alomar’s plaque will remain on display to honor his baseball accomplishments.
“Alomar was an eligible candidate in good standing when he was named to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame in the Class of 2011. His plaque will remain on display in the Hall of Fame to honor his contributions to the game, and his induction represents his eligibility and the BBWAA voters’ perspective at the time.”
Alomar has been named to the All-Star team 12 times and has won ten Gold Glove Awards. After five seasons with the franchise, including back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, he became the first Toronto Blue Jays player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He began his career with San Diego before moving on to Baltimore, Cleveland, the New York Mets, Chicago, and Arizona.