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 — which means baseball has successfully minimize ties with him ceaselessly — after an exterior legislation agency introduced 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 advisor 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 Sequence titles in ’92 and ’93 . The Blue Jays launched a press release from President and CEO Mark Shapiro, who mentioned the group, “helps Main League Baseball’s choice to terminate Roberto Alomar’s advisor contract.” He will likely be faraway from the staff’s “Degree 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 experiences of Alomar’s termination.
“At my workplace’s request, an unbiased investigation was performed by an exterior authorized agency to assessment an allegation of sexual misconduct reported by a baseball business worker earlier this 12 months 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 advisor contract and placement on MLB’s Ineligible Listing are warranted.”
Alomar launched his personal bilingual assertion on Twitter, noting that he’s dissatisfied, 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 had been by no means confirmed in courtroom. Nevertheless, 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 following 12 months. This led to their eventual divorce, and he’s since remarried.
On the sector, he’s notoriously remembered for spitting within the face of umpire John Hirschbeck.