The ongoing show of Alomar’s plaque is per a subtle, sensible addition to the gallery late final 12 months. In December, the Hall added an indication on the entrance reminding company that “enshrinement reflects the perspective of voters at the time of election.” While the reveals and library provide extra thorough accounts of every member’s life and profession, the mission of the establishment, the signal added, is to protect historical past.
As such, there was no removing of plaques for executives who upheld the colour barrier, like Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, or gamers who refused to take part in exhibitions with Black gamers, like Cap Anson. Landis, Anson and others had been deemed worthy of enshrinement of their time, identical to Alomar, Kirby Puckett and others whose reputations have been shattered in retirement.
In that context, the Blue Jays’ determination to expunge Alomar’s identify from their ballpark appears rash, or not less than traditionally inaccurate; the Buffalo Bills, in spite of everything, nonetheless show O.J. Simpson’s identify beneath their scoreboard, acknowledging his long-ago impression. As awkward as it’s now, Alomar will all the time be part of the Blue Jays’ previous.
And that’s the place Alomar will stay for the game: in its historical past, not its current or, very doubtless, its future. He can’t set foot on a discipline with out Manfred’s approval. He can’t attend a sport until he buys a ticket. His excommunication is a sign that baseball is lastly attempting to alter a tradition too typically hostile to ladies.
“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,” Lisa Banks of Katz, Marshall & Banks in Washington, who represents Alomar’s accuser, mentioned in a press release.
“My client has no plans to file a lawsuit or take further action. She has not exposed Mr. Alomar’s behavior for notoriety or for money and looks forward to moving on with her life. She simply wants to ensure that Mr. Alomar is held accountable for his wrongdoing and hopes her actions can help Major League Baseball create a safer workplace for its employees.”