Hall of Famer Alomar fired by MLB over sexual misconduct

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)
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) (AP2010)

NEW YORK – Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar has been fired as a consultant by Major League Baseball and placed on the league's ineligible list after an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the firing Friday, saying in a statement that a baseball industry employee reported an incident earlier this year involving Alomar from 2014. The league hired an external legal firm to investigate the matter.

“Having reviewed all of the available evidence from the now completed investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Alomar violated MLB’s policies, and that termination of his consultant contract and placement on MLB’s ineligible list are warranted," Manfred said.

MLB said it would not provide further details on the investigation to protect the individual who came forward.

“We applaud MLB for having this matter thoroughly investigated and for taking meaningful action against Mr. Alomar,” Lisa Banks of Katz, Marshall & Banks, the lawyer for the baseball industry employee, said in a statement. “My client commends other baseball industry survivors who have come forward, and who helped her feel safer in sharing her own terrible and life-altering experience.”

Alomar also lost his position as a special assistant with the Toronto Blue Jays. The club said in a statement it is severing ties with Alomar immediately, including removing him from their Level of Excellence and taking down his banner from Rogers Centre.

Alomar said on Twitter that he was “disappointed, surprised, and upset” by MLB's decision.

“With the current social climate, I understand why Major League Baseball has taken the position they have,” he wrote. "My hope is that this allegation can be heard in a venue that will allow me to address the accusation directly. I will continue to spend my time helping kids pursue their baseball dreams. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”