The photo most often published of Roberto Alomar from his Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this past June shows the former all-star’s beautiful wife, Maria, holding his hand and looking adoringly at him. Here’s a link to the photo: http://is.gd/ebun5
But if the allegations levied against Alomar last week prove to be true, this type of matrimonial bliss is an aberration. After a domestic dispute at his Tampa-area home last week, Alomar has been ordered not to come within 150 metres of his wife and is prohibited from contacting her. In a complaint filed with the police, Alomar’s wife also alleges that the former Jay pushed her and threatened her with a knife in previous arguments. A hearing on the allegations will take place this Friday.
I’ve been asked whether I think this most recent incident will impact Alomar’s Cooperstown chances in 2011? My answer is yes. As I’ve written before, Alomar deserves a plaque in Cooperstown, but this type of transgression isn’t taken lightly by today’s baseball writers. Alomar was just eight votes shy of induction in 2010, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see his vote total drop in 2011.
Is this fair when the case hasn’t even reached the courts? Perhaps not, but Alomar is assembling a disturbing rap sheet. First, there’s the spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck on September 27, 1996, that nobody can seem to forget, including baseball writers. Then last year, an ex-lover further tarnished Alomar’s image by dropping a bombshell lawsuit that alleged that the ex-Jay had unprotected sex with her even though he had AIDs. That dispute was quietly settled. And now we have these most recent allegations from his wife. It’s important to note that he hasn’t been charged with anything at this point, but at the very least, Alomar is guilty of some monumentally bad decisions.
Alomar was an all-star and Gold Glove winner in each of his five seasons with the Jays. And his career stats – .300 batting average, 2,724 hits, 474 stolen bases, 504 doubles – are worthy of Cooperstown enshrinement. Add 12 all-star selections, 10 Gold Gloves and two World Series rings to the mix and there should no statistical argument against him.
I realize that evaluating players by the way they act in their personal lives is a tricky business. Alomar’s rap sheet, however, is becoming increasingly disturbing, and I do believe that his latest transgression will have a negative impact on his Cooperstown chances.