Roberto Alomar Banned by MLB After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2021

FILE - In this June 30, 2010, file photo, former Major League Baseball player Roberto Alomar looks on before the start of a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins in San Juan, Puerto Rico. the Hall of Fame second baseman has been fired as a consultant by Major League Baseball and placed on the league's ineligible list following an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday, April 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)
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Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar was fired from his role as an MLB consultant Friday following an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct. 

Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's statement:

Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar fired as MLB consultant and placed on ineligible list https://t.co/HQofXzQiP2

Manfred said a "baseball industry employee" made an allegation of sexual misconduct against Alomar "earlier this year" stemming from an interaction in 2014. Manfred also announced that Alomar has been placed on MLB's ineligible list, meaning he can no longer be employed by the league office, MLB teams or affiliated minor league teams.

Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro said the organization is removing Alomar's name from the team's Level of Excellence and removing his banner from Rogers Centre, via Sportsnet's Shi Davidi:

Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

Full statement from Blue Jays and president and CEO Mark Shapiro: https://t.co/adHYRyZEwe

Alomar released a statement in which he said he was "disappointed, surprised and upset" by MLB's decision:

Roberto Alomar @Robbiealomar

My statement: https://t.co/4AXQeDH6vd

The 53-year-old Alomar was a 12-time All-Star in 17 MLB seasons with the San Diego Padres, Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks from 1988 to 2004.

In retirement, Alomar spent time as an MLB consultant and a special assistant within the Blue Jays organization, per Davidi. As a result of the ban, his contract as a league consultant in Puerto Rico was terminated. 

Alomar married Puerto Rican model Maripily Rivera in 2009, but their marriage was short-lived. Rivera said Alomar physically abused her three separate times, including pushing her and threatening her with a knife, and she obtained an injunction of protection against him.

Alomar was never charged with a crime, and he and Rivera were officially divorced in 2011.

Along with his 12 All-Star nods, Alomar is a 10-time Gold Glove award winner, a four-time Silver Slugger award winner and a two-time World Series champion with the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.

The Puerto Rico native was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in 2011 with 90.0 percent of the vote. He also had his No. 12 retired by the Blue Jays in 2011 and was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2013.