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Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers was assaulted in Cleveland on Thursday night

Jul 27, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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Scary news coming from the Rangers, as Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that reliever Tanner Scheppers was unavailable for last night’s game against the Indians after the 6-foot-4 right-hander was “sucker punched” by a group of males while walking in downtown Cleveland on Thursday night.

Scheppers said the incident occurred about two blocks from the team hotel as he was going to get something to eat. Nothing was taken from him and he has not filed a police report, though the Cleveland police are aware of the situation.

“One of those freak things,” Scheppers said. “I was just getting food and was blindsided. … It’s something you don’t want to be talking about. You want to be talking about baseball things.”

Scheppers suffered a laceration above his eye and a couple of cuts, but he passed all concussion tests. He is available for tonight’s game.

Scheppers has emerged as an important part of the Rangers’ bullpen this season, posting a 1.74 ERA and 32/17 K/BB ratio over 46 2/3 innings. He has held opposing batters to a .202 batting average.
  1. dondada10 - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I got a bad feeling that along with the guys who jumped him there was also some idiot taping it. Seems like a stupid stunt.

    • eightyraw - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      I wonder if the ‘game’ Knockout King has made it to Cleveland.

  2. deafrecon - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    *cues inner drew carey*


  3. tsuscrumhalf - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Typical OH-10 thug behavior…..

    Ask Baker & Lollar how that turns out if you do it enough!

  4. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Tanner you might wanna steer clear of the buses in Cleveland while you’re there.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      That was the best video ever, I can watch that upper cut over and over. I always had this idea for a reality show, id call it sucker punch. What you do is have a camera go around following a few guys and they go up to unexpecting people and just blast them right off their feet. Always thought I had a top 10 show with that idea

  5. barkleyblows - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Yeah typical Ohio thugs. Because no other big city has this happen. Idiot

    • TheNaturalMevs - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Sure other cities have it happen. But I’ve been to Cleveland (a lot) and it’s absolutely the pits of the midwest. Disgusting people in that unfriendly, unwelcoming, and depressing city.

      • TheNaturalMevs - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        PS. Idiot.

      • hbdbrowns33 - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        You’re joking right? You must be an insufferable person if you think the people in Cleveland are rude and disgusting. I guessing you don’t get out much.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Try driving around Westlake and other areas around that are nice near Cleveland. Just a mile away or two, imagine that, some areas near Cleveland being nice. Now I will say the intelligent thing here, not insult any other cities, because that truly would show what an assclown I am, and just say I hope Tanner is okay. It’s awful that happened, but it has been proven that things like that happens in any city.

  6. timmons94 - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Welcome to Believeland

  7. TheNaturalMevs - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Bigger scumhole city in the domestic USA then Cleveland?

    Alright, stop thinking about it. That’s a trick question. Cleveland is absolutely the worst of the worst.

  8. hbdbrowns33 - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Ryan Raburn hits a three run walkoff homer in extra innings last night and this is the story you post? Instead of posting something positive you post a story from two days ago. Sometimes this site is just plain awful.

    • eightyraw - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      This story is from today actually. And you are oddly angry for someone demanding a positive story

      • hbdbrowns33 - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Where in that post did I demand anything? If you look at scores from last night post the only game they talked about was the Yankees dropping ten on the Rays. Arguably the best moment from last night was that walkoff and there is no mention or video of it. There is just no love for small market teams and this site very often unless its negative.

      • eightyraw - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        Want more Indians coverage? I bet there is at least one site out there that would better suit your desires.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      Why do people want to hear about Ryan Raburn hitting a walkoff here. Go to for that.

      • hbdbrowns33 - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        Because, last time I, checked this is a baseball blog and that was a game between two second place teams in a playoff hunt.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      This is a baseball blog and this story relates to baseball. If you want box score information, this is not the site to go to.

  9. janessa31888 - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    These comments greatly resemble those on PFT: Blasting a whole city because of some thugs. Those problems are not unique to Cleveland.

    • alphabetazeta - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      No, Cleveland as a whole deserves the blame.

  10. unclemosesgreen - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Did one of the guys have a bubble-pipe?

  11. barkleyblows - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Apparently you haven’t been to Detroit or Milwaukee. Pretty sure those are also disgusting places. Chicago is another dump.

    Detroit is the armpit of the U.S.

    Unless you like drugs, gang bangers, and ugly whires.

  12. clevelandtaco - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    I work in the Cleveland media. The rest of the story, that isn’t being reported, is that Scheppers was running his mouth to Cleveland fans Thursday night and got punched for it. That’s why no police report was filed, because he instigated the “assault”.

    Not saying it’s right what happened, but in no way was this random, and Scheppers isn’t completely innocent.

    PS. And for those ripping the city, get a life. Cleveland ain’t perfect, but it’s better than a lot of places I’ve traveled in the US.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      I need more details. Like – were they vociferously arguing about the position-by-position cutoff lines for the values of Replacement Players? Maybe a robust debate about the merits of WAR gone awry?

  13. seattletony - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I spent some time in Cleveland 2 weeks ago and felt just as safe walking around with my family as I do here in Seattle. Random acts of stupid violence happen everywhere, even Vatican City.

  14. scdocal - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    I doubt it’s cause he was talking shit to the fans. So what did they wait for him to shower up, follow him back on bus, wait for him to leave his hotel room and then decide to strike. Not to mention he is a relief pitcher. Lets no blame the city lets blame the stupid ass team for staying in such a shithole( if in fact they stayed in a shitty part of town). Random violence is active across the states and will remain that way. Blame our educational system.

  15. bigmeechy74 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Group of males…. hmmm

    • furryroadkill - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Don’t you dare do it…there’s plenty of other sites for that.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        What. I’m saying it sounds like a BS story. He probably got in to a fight with his girlfriend and she hit him with a lamp or something

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