José Offerman


José Offerman

Infobox MLB retired
name=José Offerman
position=Infielder
bats=Switch
throws=Right
birthdate=birth date and age|1968|11|8
city-state|San Pedro de Macoris|Dominican Republic
debutdate=August 19
debutyear=by|1990
debutteam=Los Angeles Dodgers
finaldate=October 2
finalyear=by|2005
finalteam=New York Mets
stat1label=Batting average
stat1value=.273
stat2label=Hits
stat2value=1,551
stat3label=Runs batted in
stat3value=537
teams=
* Los Angeles Dodgers (by|1990-by|1995)
* Kansas City Royals (by|1996-by|1998)
* Boston Red Sox (by|1999-by|2002)
* Seattle Mariners (by|2002)
* Minnesota Twins (by|2004)
* Philadelphia Phillies (by|2005)
* New York Mets (by|2005)
highlights=
* 2x All-Star selection (1995, 1999)

José Offerman (born José Antonio Offerman Dono on November 8, 1968 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a professional baseball player who has played professional baseball for nearly 20 years. He has played for 15 seasons in the Major League Baseball, and for 2 years in the independent Atlantic League for the Long Island Ducks. He has yet to play professional baseball in the United States since attacking two opposing players with his bat after being hit by a pitch on August 14, 2007.

Early life

After attending Colegio Biblico Cristiano High School in San Pedro de Macorís, Offerman signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in by|1986. In by|1988, he completed his first season of professional play being named as Best Prospect in the Pioneer League. Progressing rapidly through the minor leagues, he made his major league debut against the Montreal Expos on August 19, by|1990 becoming the 55th player in major league history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.

Major leagues

By by|1992, Offerman became the Dodgers' starting shortstop. He made his first appearance in the All-Star Game in 1995 but was traded to the Kansas City Royals after the season, mostly because of his very poor defense. After a year as a utility player, he won the starting second baseman job in 1997. Offerman had his best offensive seasons in Kansas City, culminating in by|1998, when he hit .315 with a league-leading 13 triples and the fifth most stolen bases, 45. After that season, he signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent, making the All-Star Game for the second time in 1999.

Known more for his hitting skills than his fielding, Offerman's offense began to decline in by|2000. He was sent to the Seattle Mariners during the by|2002 season, but was released afterwards. In by|2003, he joined the Montreal Expos in spring training but was cut before the regular season began. He spent the entire year with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. In by|2004, he won a spot on the Minnesota Twins roster and led the league in pinch-hits with 12 in 29 attempts. He started by|2005 with the Philadelphia Phillies but was released after a slow start. Later, he signed with the New York Mets and was called back up to the majors in June.

On May 28, by|2007, Offerman agreed to a deal with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. As of June 19, he was hitting .296 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI in 20 games for the Ducks.

Post USA Major Leagues

Most recently, Offerman played in the 2008 Caribbean World Series for the Licey Tigers - Dominican Republic 2 team - where he assisted the team in winning its 10th Caribbean World Series title. During the series he signed a contract with the 2008 Veracruz Eagles of the Mexican Summer League.

Bat incident

On August 14, by|2007, Offerman was thrown out of a Ducks game against the Bridgeport Bluefish for attacking Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech with a bat after being hit by a pitch. Beech suffered a broken finger in the attack. Bluefish catcher John Nathans was also hit in the back of the head on Offerman's backswing, allegedly receiving a concussion. cite web
author =ESPN News Services
authorlink =
title =Former big leaguer Offerman arrested for melee
work =ESPN.com
url =http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2975386
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doi =
accessdate = 2007-08-16
] [ [http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/7124110?MSNHPHMA] ] Beech and Nathans were taken to Bridgeport Hospital were they were treated and released. After being removed from the game, Offerman was arrested by the Bridgeport Police. cite web
last =Elliott
first =Rich
authorlink =
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title =Ducks Offerman arrested after attack on Bluefish
work =Connpost.com
url =http://www.connpost.com/sports/ci_6624910
format =
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On August 15, 2007, he was suspended indefinitely. The independent Atlantic League announced on August 17, 2007 that Offerman shall remain suspended at least until the legal case is resolved. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2979699 ESPN - Suspension to remain in effect until legal proceedings finish - MLB ] ] The Bluefish have demanded a lifetime ban. cite web
last =Elliott
first =Rich
authorlink =
coauthors =
title =Atlantic League suspends Offerman Indefinitely
work =Connpost.com
url =http://www.connpost.com/sports/ci_6629343
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]

On September 24 2007, Offerman pled not guilty to two second degree assault charges. cite web
author =Associated Press
authorlink =
coauthors =
title =Offerman pleads not guilty to charges stemming from mound attack
work =ESPN.com
url =http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3033915
format =
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accessdate = 2007-09-25
]

On October 30 2007, Offerman was given two years special probation called "Accelerated Rehabilitation ('AR')." He was represented by Attorney Frank J. Riccio II of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Under the terms of the AR, all charges brought against him will be dismissed if he abides by the terms of this special probation. The Court determined that his actions on August 14, 2007 were of an aberrant nature. The Court also found that Offerman is not likely to offend again in the future. cite web
author =Associated Press
authorlink =
coauthors =
title =Offerman gets two years of probation for minor league bat attack
work =ESPN.com
url =http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3087226
format =
doi =
accessdate = 2007-10-30
]

ee also

*List of Major League Baseball triples champions

References

External links

*
*espn mlb|id=4542|name=José Offerman
* [http://www.connpost.com/breakingnews/ci_6623997 Ducks' Offerman Arrested After Attack]
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1401462&type=page2Story]


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