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Called out on a third strike by umpire John Hirschbeck on a pitch that appeared to be outside, the two argued and Alomar was ejected. Before he left the plate, Alomar spit in Hirschbeck’s face and was suspended for five games. Alomar said at the time that he thought Hirschbeck was stressed because his 8-year-old son had died in 1993 of a rare brain disease.

Alomar worked to repair his image during the latter half of his career, which ended in 2004.

That the incident ended up as a sort of punishment from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which elects members to the Hall of Fame, is evident by Alomar’s vote totals: He was named on 90 percent of ballots cast on his second try, becoming just the 26th player to garner at least 90 percent in any election, and he was listed on 523 ballots, the third-highest total of all time.

Alomar and Hirschbeck have long since made peace, and Alomar, the third Puerto Rican to be elected, is focused on the task at hand.

“I feel like a kid, a kid that is dreaming of playing the game of baseball,” Alomar said. “Now, I’m going to be standing beside the greatest players that ever played this game, and I cannot believe that I’m one of them. It’s been a long journey.”