Offerman Charged in Battery

Former All-Star Offerman hit pitcher, catcher with bat in minor-league game
Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans fights with Long Island Ducks Jose Offerman, left, after Offerman tried to hit Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech with a bat, during an Atlantic League baseball game...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Former All-Star Jose Offerman stands charged with assault after hitting an opposing pitcher and catcher with his bat during a minor-league game yesterday. The victims suffered a concussion and a broken finger at the hands of the 38-year-old, a former LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox standout who hasn't played in the majors since 2005.

Offerman began his rampage when he was hit by a pitch one inning after homering in a game in Bridgeport, Conn. He broke a finger on pitcher Matt Beech's hand and, in connecting with John Nathans' head on the backswing, gave the catcher a concussion. Offerman, a two-time All-Star, was suspended indefinitely from the independent Atlantic League.