Roberto Alomar, a 12-time All-Star who had served as a consultant for Major League Baseball, has been placed on the league’s ineligible list following an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct in 2014.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement Friday that an independent investigation was conducted into the allegation of a baseball industry employee.
“Having reviewed all available evidence from the now completed investigation, I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Alomar violated MLB policies, and that termination of his consultant contract and placement on the MLB Ineligible List is warranted. “Manfred said.
“We are grateful for the courage of the person who brought the accusation. MLB will continue to strive to create environments where people feel comfortable speaking out without fear of recrimination, retaliation or exclusion.”
MLB did not release further details about the incident.
“I am surprised, disappointed and frustrated with today’s news,” Alomar said in a statement posted on his social networks.
My statement: pic.twitter.com/4AXQeDH6vd
— Roberto Alomar (@Robbiealomar) April 30, 2021
“I understand why Major League Baseball has made the determination based on what happened. My hope is that this accusation can be heard in the relevant forum and allow me to address the accusation directly,” he added.
“I will continue to spend my time helping kids pursue their baseball dreams,” Alomar said.
The Toronto Blue Jays, for whom Alomar played from 1991 to 1995, winning two World Series titles, expressed support for MLB’s decision and said they would cut all ties with Alomar. A banner honoring Alomar, whose No. 12 was retired by the team, will be removed from the Rogers Center, among other recognition of his career in Toronto, the Blue Jays said.
The Baseball Hall of Fame, to which Alomar was inducted in 2011, said his enshrinement will remain in place.
“The Baseball Hall of Fame is shocked and saddened to learn of the news that was shared today about Roberto Alomar,” Hall of Fame President Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement. “When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in the Class of 2011, Alomar was an eligible candidate in good standing. His plaque will remain on display in the Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements in the game, and his consecration reflects his eligibility and the perspective of the BBWAA voters at the time. “
Alomar played for the San Diego Padres, Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks during a 17-year career. He won the World Series with the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993 and was a 10-time Gold Glove winner at second base.