Alomar resigns from Baseball Hall of Fame board
An embattled former Toronto Blue Jay has removed himself from the board of baseball’s pantheon.
The Athletic‘s Britt Ghiroli reported Monday afternoon that retired second baseman Roberto Alomar resigned from the board of directors at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This comes after Alomar was placed on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list following allegations of sexual misconduct against Alomar.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that the allegation involved someone who was employed by the Blue Jays. Alomar had been a special assistant in the Jays’ front office until his position was cut last season. ESPN reported the woman had filed a sexual harassment lawsuit, but has since agreed to drop it.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors announced they've accepted Roberto Alomar’s Resignation from the Board.
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) May 3, 2021
Alomar was inducted into the Hall in 2011, his second year of eligibility. He is the first player to wear a Blue Jays cap on his induction plaque. The Hall previously announced that Alomar’s plaque will stay on display in recognition of his contributions to the game of baseball and the perspective of the baseball writers’ association at the time.
MLB announced the decision to place Alomar on the ineligible list Friday after the 2014 claim became public. He was immediately fired by MLB as a special consultant for Puerto Rican baseball. Alomar is also not allowed to associate with any major-league ball club or any affiliated minor-league teams.
The team has disassociated itself from Alomar, announcing it will remove his retired number-12 jersey and his name from the Rogers Centre’s Blue Jays Level of Excellence.
Alomar now lives permanently in Toronto, where he played from 1991 to 1995. His career took him to seven MLB teams, and he was with the Jays for four seasons. He was a 12-time All-Star, and holds the American League record of Gold Gloves won with ten as a second baseman.