For all the fistfights (and worse) that take place in sports, it's rare indeed that a player is arrested for what happens on the playing field/court/ice. But former major league All-Star shortstop Jose Offerman -- now playing with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League -- was charged with second-degree assault last night after charging the mound with his bat and striking an opposing pitcher and catcher.
Offerman, who had been hit in the leg with a pitch after previously hitting a homer, caught Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech on the hand and catcher John Nathans on the head on a backswing. The game was being played in Bridgeport and after a 20-minute delay, local police entered the visiting locker room and made the arrest. Former major league pitcher Tommy John manages Bridgeport.
Offerman, 38, played in the majors for 15 seasons, most recently in 2005 with the Phillies and Mets. He made the All-Star game twice, with the Dodgers and the Red Sox, in the 1990s.
The Bridgeport club is asking that Offerman be banned from the league.
Photo credit: AP/Christian Abraham (Connecticut Post)