On the identical day that once-top prospect and former Olympian Felix Verdejo is being linked to an ongoing investigation surrounding a missing pregnant woman in Puerto Rico, Roberto Alomar is being whacked by Main League Baseball. The Corridor of Fame second baseman has been positioned on the league’s ineligible record — that means baseball has successfully reduce ties with him ceaselessly — after an exterior legislation agency offered its investigatory findings of a 2014 sexual misconduct allegation to Commissioner Rob Manfred, as first reported by SportsNet in Canada.
[And, As Deadspin’s resident Nuyorican, I’m here to tell you that it’s not a great day for Puerto Rican athletes.]
Alomar, a 12-time All-Star, had a contract as an MLB guide in Puerto Rico, which has since been terminated. He was additionally on MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s competitors committee. Not anymore.
Moreover, the Blue Jays — for whom Alomar labored as a particular assistant beforehand — are severing ties with infielder, who additionally performed with the group between 1991 and 1995, profitable World Collection titles in ’92 and ’93 . The Blue Jays launched an announcement from President and CEO Mark Shapiro, who stated the group, “helps Main League Baseball’s choice to terminate Roberto Alomar’s guide contract.” He might be faraway from the workforce’s “Stage of Excellence,” and his banner will come down at Rogers Centre.
Regardless of his banishment from all-things-baseball, Alomar’s plaque will stay in Cooperstown, the Baseball Corridor of Fame introduced a short while later.
Manfred addressed the allegations with a public assertion of his personal, confirming the reports of Alomar’s termination.
“At my workplace’s request, an unbiased investigation was performed by an exterior authorized agency to overview an allegation of sexual misconduct reported by a baseball trade worker earlier this yr involving Mr. Alomar in 2014,” Manfred’s assertion learn. “Having reviewed the entire out there proof from the now accomplished investigation, I’ve concluded that Mr. Alomar violated MLB’s insurance policies, and that termination of his guide contract and placement on MLB’s Ineligible Record are warranted.”
Alomar launched his personal bilingual assertion on Twitter, noting that he’s upset, stunned, and upset by the information, and maintains an understanding of MLB’s place, which he attributed to “the present social local weather.”
Flying within the face of that assertion is the truth that Alomar was embroiled in loads of different controversies over his profession, a few of which alleged sexual abuse. Ex-girlfriend Ilya Dall sued Alomar, alleging that he demanded intercourse with no condom regardless of displaying indicators of AIDS. The case was settled for $15 million and the accusations have been by no means confirmed in court docket. Nonetheless, his then-girlfriend-turned-first-wife — who defended him on the time of the Dall lawsuit, calling it “a vile lie” — Puerto Rican mannequin and actress Maria Del Pilar Rivera, aka Maripily, accused Alomar of exposing her to HIV the next year. This led to their eventual divorce, and he’s since remarried.
On the sector, he’s notoriously remembered for spitting in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck.