Orioles to pay Alomar during 5-game suspension

February 07, 1997|By Buster Olney

Orioles owner Peter Angelos said yesterday that second baseman Roberto Alomar will be paid during the five-game suspension he will serve at the outset of the 1997 season. Alomar was given the suspension for spitting in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck last Sept. 27.

"We're going to continue to be supportive of [Alomar]," said Angelos.

In the past, Angelos has said that while Alomar should be punished for his act, he felt that Hirschbeck also was responsible for escalating the incident. Alomar and the Orioles maintain that Hirschbeck swore at Alomar before the spitting took place, something that the umpire has denied.

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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