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Date: September 27, 1996
A 2011 Hall of Fame inductee, Roberto Alomar was one of the best players of his era and one of the best second baseman to ever play the game.
However, an incident while he was playing for the Orioles in 1996 put a black mark of sorts on his storied career, and may have been at least part of the reason he was not a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
After getting thrown out of the game for arguing a called third strike, Alomar got into it with home plate umpire John Hirschbeck. Things reached a boiling point, and Alomar spit in the umpire's face.
Alomar argued that Hirshbeck had used a racial slur. The second baseman then went way off-base by bringing up the umpire's deceased son.
"He had a problem with his family when his son died. I know that's something real tough in life, but after that he just changed, personality-wise. He just got real bitter."
When Hirshbeck found out about the comments he went after Alomar in the clubhouse the next day. Eventually the two made up and the incident has been put behind them, but it was one of the uglier all-around incidents in recent memory.