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#1 Satans Hockey

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 05:19 PM

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Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans, right, prevents Long Island Ducks' Jose Offerman (18) from hitting Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech with a bat.

BY MARSHALL LUBIN | marshall.lubin@newsday.com
4:30 PM EDT, August 15, 2007

Jose Offerman has been suspended indefinitely by the Atlantic League after a wild bat-swinging incident Tuesday night in Bridgeport, Conn. The Long Island Ducks infielder was arrested after charging the mound and injuring two players with his bat in the second inning of the Ducks' 13-12 win.

Offerman had homered on the game's first pitch. He came to bat in the second inning and after a first-pitch strike, he was hit on the left calf by lefthander Matt Beech. Bat in hand, he charged the mound, taking three swings at Beech and also hitting catcher John Nathans in the back of the head with a backswing. According to Bridgeport police, Beech broke the middle finger of his right hand and Nathans suffered a concussion. Offerman, Beech and Bluefish manager Tommy John were ejected after order was restored. Nathans remained in the game but upon returning to the dugout at the end of the inning, he passed out.

Police arrested Offerman in the visiting clubhouse, allowing him to dress before taking him from the stadium in handcuffs. He was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and posted $10,000 bond. He will be arraigned Aug. 23.

"This type of thing happens but you don't go at a man with a bat," said Frank Boulton, the Ducks' principal owner and chief executive of the league. "It was not unprovoked but in no way do the Long Island Ducks condone Jose Offerman's actions."

John said that a pitcher intentionally hitting a batter is part of the game but doubted that was the case here.

"If you're going to hit somebody, you're not going to hit him on the calf," John said on ESPN's "First Take." "If you're incensed and think the pitcher's throwing at you, you drop the bat."

While Boulton wasn't sure why Offerman was arrested for an on-field incident, John said that Beech and Nathans filed charges. Atlantic League executive director Joe Klein is in Bridgeport speaking with the umpires and all parties involved. He suspended Offerman and released a statement saying that the incident is "under review and a decision on his status and that of other participants will be announced by week's end."

According to John, Beech will attempt to make his next start with his finger splinted, pending the league's investigation while Nathans is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Edited by Satans Hockey, 15 August 2007 - 05:19 PM.

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 05:34 PM

I want a video dammit!!! :P
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 06:51 PM

Holy Jose! What a whack job! Yeah, a video would be nice.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:09 PM

If he didn't hit dogs then I don't think it matters.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:31 PM

Pathetic and sad.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:02 PM

If he didn't hit dogs then I don't think it matters.


Funny, but to many people that is very true.

I am surprised people don't make a bigger deal when pitchers throw 100 mph fastballs to batters' heads. That is even more dangerous.

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:13 PM

If he didn't hit dogs then I don't think it matters.


Is the insinuation there that this guy assaulting two people is a serious crime, while what Vick supposedly did was not?
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:15 PM

Is the insinuation there that this guy assaulting two people is a serious crime, while what Vick supposedly did was not?


No, it's that people went crazy over Vick but really couldn't care less that this guy could have killed people.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:27 PM

No, it's that people went crazy over Vick but really couldn't care less that this guy could have killed people.


If Vick attacked two people with a baseball bat I think there would be the same condemnation and the same suspension. The Vick situation was more a factor of his celebrity - this guy here is a minor league baseball player I've never heard of before (though you could rattle off the entire line-up of the Anaheim Angels and I'd likely not know anyone).

Though, just out of curiosity, which is the worse crime in your opinion: "attacking two people with a baseball bat and giving one a concussion" or "torturing and killing several dogs"?
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:41 PM

It doesn't matter which is worse, they're both horrible. Offerman could have killed the guy he gave a concussion to. Why do you want to play a which is worse game when both are so bad?

Offerman was a 2 time all-star and was one of the better lead off guys in the league for a time so it isn't like he is an unknown player to baseball fans,
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:43 PM

The Devils should sign this guy, he could be that extra piece of grit we need.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 10:45 PM

Offerman:
2 f's
50 E's
and one bat :P
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 11:56 PM

Pathetic and sad.

That sums it up perfectly.
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Posted 16 August 2007 - 10:02 AM

Offerman was one of the better lead off guys in the league for a time.


Yikes, that's a stretch. I'd call him a one-dimensional player who's one dimension was a good batter's eye. He couldn't run, couldn't field, couldn't hit for power and didn't hit for an exceptionally high average.
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Posted 16 August 2007 - 03:03 PM

His 95-99 were very good for lead off hitters. Offense was down then and his OBP was .380+ 4 of those 5 seasons. He didn't make 2 all star teams for no reason.
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Posted 16 August 2007 - 05:46 PM

He didn't make 2 all star teams for no reason.


You're right. There is a reason. Someone from KC had to go!
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Posted 16 August 2007 - 11:37 PM

dude is just nuts
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