Perhaps more surprising than the fact that Jose Offerman was still playing baseball – as of last night at least – almost a decade after he wore out his usefulness, was the success he was having in the Atlantic League.
Dan Duquette’s prized signing – the guy who was going to replace Mo Vaughn’s OBP – probably won’t be playing with the Long Island Ducks anymore, arrested for charging the mound in Bridgeport, Conn. last night, bat in hand, after he was hit by a pitch from Blue Fish starter Matt Beech. Offerman struck Beech on the hand and catcher John Nathans in the head. And all this on 2 for 1 Night in Bridgeport featuring tattoos and stickers.
But on the bright side, you know he really is the best at tracking down shallow fly balls out of the infield.
“He hit him with a cut fastball in the left calf,” Bluefish manager Tommy John told Newsday. “And the next thing you know, Offerman’s going to the mound with his bat over his head taking swings at Beech. He took at least two, maybe even three [swings].”
He now faces two counts of second-degree assault.
Offerman was actually having quite the season for the Ducks before last night’s transgressions, batting .335 with a .425 on-base percentage, and a .500 slugging percentage. His eight home runs were tied for fourth, 14 behind team leader Carl Everett. Really, how could you not root for this team?
Carl Everett and Jose Offerman on the same roster? What could possibly happen?