The ongoing display of Alomar’s plaque is in line with a subtle, sensible addition to the gallery late last year. In December, the hall added a sign at the entrance reminding guests that “the anchoring reflects the perspective of the voters at the time of the election”. While the exhibits and library contain more in-depth accounts of each member’s life and career, the institution’s job is to preserve history.
As a result, badges have not been removed for executives who maintain the color barrier, such as Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, or for players who refused to attend exhibitions with black players such as Cap Anson. Landis, Anson, and others were considered anchor worthy of their day, as were Alomar, Kirby Puckett, and others whose reputations were shattered in retirement.
In this context, the Blue Jays’ decision to remove Alomar’s name from their stadium appears premature, or at least historically inaccurate. After all, the Buffalo Bills still show OJ Simpson’s name under their scoreboard, confirming its long-ago effect. As awkward as it is now, Alomar will always be a part of the Blue Jays past.
And this is where Alomar will stay for the sport: in its history, not in its present, or most likely in its future. He cannot enter a field without Manfred’s consent. He cannot participate in a game unless he buys a ticket. His excommunication is a signal that baseball is finally trying to change a culture that is too often misogynistic.
“My client commends other baseball survivors who came forward and helped her feel more secure sharing their own terrifying and life-changing experiences,” said Lisa Banks of Katz, Marshall & Banks in Washington, the Alomars prosecutor makes a statement.
“My client has no plans to file a lawsuit or take further action. She has not exposed Mr. Alomar’s behavior for fame or money and looks forward to getting on with her life. She just wants to make sure Mr. Alomar is held accountable for his wrongdoing and hopes that her actions can help Major League Baseball create a safer workplace for its employees. “