Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Jose It Ain't So

From, this unfortunate story:

Former major league All-Star Jose Offerman was charged with two counts of second-degree assault after hitting the pitcher and catcher with his bat during an independent minor league game.

Offerman, playing for the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League, homered in the first inning. The next inning, he was hit by a pitch from Bridgeport's Matt Beech and charged the mound with his bat.

According to the Post, Beech was hit on the hands as he attempted to defend himself, while catcher John Nathans was hit in the back of the head on Offerman's backswing. Police said Beech, a left-hander, sustained a broken right middle finger, and Nathans later suffered from nausea, the newspaper reported. Bridgeport manager Tommy John told ESPN2's "First Take" that Nathans suffered a concussion.

You'd think after 15 MLB seasons, Offerman would have enough experience getting plunked - if even on purpose - to know to at least leave the bat at home when charging the mound. Perhaps, unbeknownst to us at the time, this is what Offerman's major offense was referring to back in our June post.


Delino DeShields, Sr said...

There's something depressing about an an all star like Offerman playing in an independent league - to quote Delino DeShields "(Independent Baseball) is not unlike watching Professional Wrestling at a VA Hall in Peoria. You might be seeing the next Jimmy Snuka. Or you might be seeing the real 62-year-old Jimmy Snuka (who grappled as recently as last fall).