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Jose Offerman (still) has anger-management issues

Jan 18, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

Offerman bat.jpgMonday update: Offerman has been “suspended for life” by the Dominican Republic’s winter league.

5:50 PM:
Update: A group of American umpires working in the Dominican winter league, including the one who was attacked by Offerman, have decided to leave the country for fear of their safety, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com. Hard to blame them there.

9:02 AM: Former major leaguer Jose Offerman is back in the news, and once again, it’s not good. He threw a punch during an argument with an umpire in a Dominican winter league game on Saturday night.
Offerman, manager of the Licey Tigers (really?), threw a punch that appeared to
land in the face or neck of umpire Daniel Rayburn. You can watch by
clicking here.

The whole scene is pretty surreal, but the most striking part about it
is that Offerman’s punch doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of velocity
behind it. It’s almost as if Rayburn was looking for the red card. In
any case, Offerman was detained and taken to a police station to see if
Rayburn would press charges.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Offerman has attacked someone
on the field. During an ugly incident as a member of the Long Island
Ducks in 2007, the former All-Star attacked Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher
Matt Beech and catcher John
Nathans with a bat (picture above). Nathans sued Offerman in In early 2009, seeking
$4.8 million in damages, claiming that the attack
left him with permanent and career-ending injuries.

This latest attack will probably leave Rayburn with less serious injuries, but Offerman is pretty much out of chances.

  1. AJ Gallo - Jan 17, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Whattya think? Drugs? ‘Roid rage?

  2. Moses Green - Jan 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Phantom punch – looks like he didn’t actually lay a glove on him. If it’s not Jose Offerman, it’s not a story.

  3. Sparklemahn - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Blame it on “machismo”, a convenient excuse for flying off the handle. Let’s hope Nathans takes a bundle of cash from this loser Offerman. Jose the punk certainly laid a bat on Nathans and Beech.

  4. Old Gator - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    I have a suggestion for Offerman that worked really well for Randal Patrick McMurphy….

  5. AJ Gallo - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    A lobotomy? LOL!

  6. Old Gator - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    A lobotomy it is! Give him the antidote!
    .
    And now patient, you’ve reached Symptom Six. Once again, you have ten seconds to tell us what you’ve contracted, and beeeet the Reaper !

  7. Mark C - Jan 17, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Offerman was one of the worst shortstops in Dodger history along with having a bad attitude. He was an idiot then and continues to be an idiot and an emabarrassment to baseball and to society! Throw this moron in jail and throw away the key.

  8. Moses Green - Jan 17, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    I’d rather have this bottle in front of me …

  9. Old Gator - Jan 17, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Why? No one has accused you of using steroids, so what’s to prove?

  10. Moses Green - Jan 17, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    …. than a frontal lobotomy.
    Da-da-da-da-da-da-da
    Existential bluuuuuues
    Tom T-Bone Stankus thanks you.

  11. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Now how the hell did I miss that one? If I could only remember where I put my Aricept.
    .
    Go ahead, play it again Sam.

  12. scatterbrian - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Why is no one talking about the flop pulled by Rayburn? That was Divacesque!

  13. jwb - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Rayburn obviously grew up playing soccer.

  14. Paul - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Maybe instead of playing baseball Saturday nite..he should of drove his team a “few miles” west and help his neighbor country (like the rest of the world is doing)!

  15. wla - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    From the looks of the video his fist never made contact with the ump. The umps head doesn’t move in the direction of the alleged punch as you would expect it to had Offerman actually made contact.

  16. I am not blind or stupid like you - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    He didn’t hit the ump. That coxucker fell down from the breeze. Just another american coward and stupid sob like the rest of you. It is easy to see why the rest of the world has always hated americans.

  17. come on! - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Come on! Look at the posts accusing the Ump of flopping and phantom punch.
    As a Manager or coach, you have a right to call time out and question the application of a rule, and to a lesser extent question judgment, if the ump did not see the play, and urge him to ask for help. A rule application is clear, to ask for help in judgment is the option of the ump that makes the call, generally.
    At some point, usually within a minute, as a coach you know if you are going to get the call. Since there was no discussion or umpire conference, you have to know Offerman was questioning judgment. He pushed it too far and argued too long, drawing a umpire to intervene. That is when, as a coach, you should know you went too far, and it is time to get a last word in as you retreat to the dugout. Not to continue chasing the ump drawing contact and then throw a punch.
    I don’t know why he is still in organized baseball at any level since he pulled out the Juan Marichal assault with a deadly weapon, bat attack. But there he is coaching, Marichal never faced criminal charges and was throwing first pitches as late as 2007, and even is in the Hall of Fame. Roseboro was never the same after the horrific attack. If Offerman continues, it is likely to result in someone else getting seriously injured or killed.

  18. Paul - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Go f yourself u racist POS

  19. John - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Two things here…. first, it sure looked like the ump was being confrontational in his own right and getting up into Jose’s face; and 2nd, I sure didn’t see any contact. This whole deal sure isn’t what the media has portrayed.

  20. AJ Gallo - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    For what it’s worth, Offerman has been banned for life from the Dominican Republic baseball league. Better late than never. As a side note to Paul, I’m with you 100%, but don’t even bother to respond to a POS like that jackass.

  21. Dan / Seattle - Jan 18, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Moses, you are dead wrong. This is a story regardless of takes a swing. The sports world has been very thorough in covering incidents like this.
    I, for one, am glad Offerman is suspended for life.

  22. TIGERFAN - Jan 18, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Umpire dive? Are you out of your mind? The umpire fell backwards, which has nothing to do with that FREAK of a man. He should still be in jail for being stupid, not for trying to punch an umpire… Lets see if someone trys punching you tomorrow at work (if you work) what your reaction is… I think Rayburn deserves a lot for being the only real man of the two, and not sending him to jail.

  23. TIGERFAN - Jan 18, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Not sure if it was a “flop” rather than a reaction from someone trying to smash his face in… good to see the real man stand up “Rayburn” which is the only reason Jose isn’t still in jail…

  24. Rachmael Pinchus - Jan 18, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    I could have sworn I was just watching a replay of the first Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston fight in the 60′s

  25. ken - Jan 19, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    That would be a first. A manager on Roids.

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