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Monday, January 18, 2010

Jose Offerman, All-Star, Battler - 421

Check out the revisited Jose Offerman feature from October 2011: Jose Offerman, With His Bat

Today's player is a two-tome major league All Star, a battler who, in 15 big league seasons put an all-out assault on major league - and independent league - pitchers.

He's also our first to be banned from two separate leagues.

I've been doing those posts, taking random cards from the set and writing whatever I've found. I decided to take a departure today, and just go straight to card 421 and the guy everybody's been talking about, Jose Offerman.

Offerman, of course, has been in the news the last few years, for the wrong reasons. A 2007 bat attack in an independent Atlantic League game shocked the baseball world. It also got him charged with two felony counts of assault, a criminal case which ended in him getting probation and a $4.8 million civil suit filed against him.

The last two years he stayed out of trouble, playing for Veracruz in the Mexican League. His playing days finally over, Offerman became a manager for a winter league team in his native Dominican Republic. We've all seen how that's ended, this time with an umpire on the receiving end. His baseball career would have to be at or near its end. He was banned today for life from the league in his home country.

As for his playing days, his time in the minors was relatively brief, starting in 1988. By 1990, he was here, putting up an average of .321 with the Dukes. (If you see something in that last sentence, that was intentional. Likewise with the first paragraph, I apologize.)

But in 15 seasons, he played in 1,651 games, with a career average of .273 and stole 172 bases. He also was an All Star twice, in 1995 and 1999.

1990 CMC Tally
Cards Reviewed: 22/880 - 2.5%
Major Leaguers: 11 - 50%
Never Made the Majors: 11 - 50%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 5
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 8

The full video of the umpire attack:

A video account of the 2007 bat attack:

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