Commentary: Baseball: Who's Looking Out For The Game?

What would Bart Giamatti have done? Well, if history is any guide, the late commissioner of Major League Baseball, a gentle-spoken, erudite student of the game, would have pulled Baltimore Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar into his office by the ear, read him the riot act, and suspended him on the spot. Spitting in an umpire's face, as Alomar did in a Sept. 27 game against Toronto, would not have been tolerated in Bart Giamatti's baseball. "When Pete Rose [then manager of the Cincinnati Reds] pushed the umpire at first base in 1988, Giamatti threw him out of baseball for 30 days, and I would have done the same," says Fay Vincent, commissioner from 1989 to '92.

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