Jan 28, 2010

STRIKE THREE: Roberto Alomar

The Spit Heard 'Round the World

It's not Cooperstown, but at least Roberto Alomar made it into some sort of baseball hall of fame. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Alomar today, but, really, who cares. Our Baseball Hall of Fame should really be called the 'Toronto Blue Jays Hall of Fame' and I don't need to explain that one. Although considered one of the best second basemen in MLB history, the memory that sticks out the most is Alomar's famous blunder: Spitting in umpire John Hirschbeck's face. Every time a player comes rushing at an umpire, Indians fans' subconscious screams Alomar! Apparently they are friends today. Kids, spitting will earn you a poor reputation and despite your numbers, you won't make it into the REAL Baseball Hall of Fame by eights votes.
'Spitter': Strike One.

Even great communications can't fix what he did but there are things that he can do to make sure his reputation isn't tarnished forever. PR to the rescue: It is essential for Alomar to put pressure on his new relationship with Hirschbeck to convince the rest of the baseball community that he was penalized, everyone makes mistakes and he is sorry.
'Failure': Strike Two.

On a side note, Alomar also quit the Jays a week earlier than his contract ended since he was worried his batting average would go under .300.
'Quitter': Strike Three.
What a team player.

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