Roberto Alomar kicked out of MLB and Toronto: the baseball player went from the Hall of Fame to sexual assault allegations. MLB canceled his contract, declaring him ineligible for all roles for conduct that emerged at the beginning of this year and dating back to 2014.
Alomar also lost his special assistant job for the Toronto Blue Jays and a poster of him was removed from Rogers Center. Alomar said on Twitter he was disappointed, surprised and shocked by the MLB decision. He wrote: "With the current social climate, I understand why Major League Baseball made this decision.
My hope is that you can defend me against this accusation in the appropriate forums. I will continue to devote my time to helping children support their dreams of becoming baseball champions." Jane Forbes Clark, president of the Hall of Fame, said the body was surprised and saddened by Alomar's behavior, but that he will not be removed from the Temple, which he entered in 2011 thanks to the votes of the voters at the time.
Alomar has been an All-Star 12 times in 17 seasons with the San Diego Padres, Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Visuomotor predictors of batting performance in baseball players
The 91st MLB All-Star Game will take place on July 13 at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
The regular season will be followed by the 2021 World Series, scheduled between October 26 and November 3. 2021 Major League Baseball season will open on April 1 and end on October 3, 2021. Due to travel restrictions on the US-Canada borders, the Toronto Blue Jays will play their first games of the season at the TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida.
Most franchises have announced limited stadium opening to the public; on March 11, the Texas Rangers announced the complete opening of Globe Life Field providing for the maintenance of the distance between spectators and the obligation to wear masks.
When two teams face each other twice on the same day, seven innings will be played instead of the usual nine. For innings after the ninth, the offensive team will have a player on second base at the start of each half inning.
It will be the last season that the Cleveland team will play under the Indians moniker, after years of name controversy. On February 9, the MLB, in agreement with the MLBPA, announced changes to the rules that will be introduced this season.
The Journal of vision published a very interesting article, conducted in 2021, about baseball, titled Visuomotor predictors of batting performance in baseball players, which provides information on this interesting correlation between baseball and health.
Below you can read an abstract: "Hitting a baseball, one of the most difficult skills in all of sports, requires complex hand-eye coordination, but its link with basic visuomotor capabilities remains largely unknown.
Here we examined basic visuomotor skills of baseball players and demographically matched nonathletes by measuring their ocular-tracking and manual-control performance. We further investigated how these two capabilities relate to batting performance in baseball players.
Compared to nonathletes, baseball players showed better ocular-tracking and manual-control capabilities, which remain unchanged with increasing baseball experience. Both, however, become more correlated with batting accuracy with increasing experience.
Ocular-tracking performance is predictive of batting skill, accounting for ≥ 70% of the variance in batting performance across players with ≥ 10 years of experience. A simple linear additive-noise cascade model with shared front-end visual noise that limits batting performance can explain many of our results.
Our findings show that fundamental visuomotor capabilities can predict the complex, learned skill of baseball batting."