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Jury awards Jose Offerman’s bat attack victim $940,000

Aug 27, 2014, 3:05 PM EST

Jose Offerman AP AP

You may remember when former major league infielder Jose Offerman attacked two players with a bat while he was a member of the independent Long Island Ducks back in 2007. One of the victims was catcher Johnathan Nathans of the Bridgeport Bluefish, who was hit on the side of his head by Offerman. Nathans sued and the result is in today:

The jury in the two-week-long bat-attack trial of Jose Offerman awarded the victim, former Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans $940,000 in damages.

The verdict in the federal case was returned at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday; the seven-member jury deliberated for about 5 hours.

Nathans, whose career was ended by his injuries, had sought nearly $5 million in damages. He claims the attack has left him permanently disabled with vertigo, splitting headaches, nausea and other problems. The jury agreed that Offerman was culpable, but obviously did not see eye-to-eye with Nathans on damages.

It’s rare to see any on-the-field violence actually punished via the legal system. But of course, extreme cases call for extreme consequences. But not extreme criminal consequences: Offerman was charged with felony assault after the attack, but the charges were dismissed after he took anger management classes. Anger management classes which didn’t take, apparently.

The Long Island Ducks, Offerman’s employer at the time, were found not to be liable. Which makes sense. I mean, it’s not like their management was on record saying that they wanted players to act violently on the field or something. Such a scenario would likely change the calculus, but that would be totally crazy.

Right?

(thanks to Ben Butler for the heads up)

 

  1. cheeks9441 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    When Jose’s lawyer suggested a settlement, I guess he technically became the “Offerman”

    (crickets)

    Wait, why all the thumbs down?

    • pete2112 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I laughed.

  2. pete2112 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I think the real question is does Jose Offerman really have $940,000 to pay out? I’m thinking not.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Probably not, but that is less than 3% of his career earnings.

  3. normcash - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    I wonder whether the club might have been found liable under the doctrine of respondeat surperior?
    I suppose, though, the club would argue that clubbing opposition players wasn’t within the scope
    of Offerman’s employment…

    • mazblast - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      IMO the only way the team (I almost said “club”) would be in any way responsible is if they knowingly hired an employee who is known to be prone to this kind of behavior.

  4. happytwinsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Anger management classes my butt. Dude should have done jail time.

  5. apeville - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    You know, that just almost qualifies as assault, except it was on a baseball field and all.

  6. wilmyers09 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    $940,000 should have gotten more then that smh

  7. psousa1 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Boy the Red Sox under Dan Duquette would sign every scum bag who could throw a baseball – Offerman, Carl Everett, Dante Bichette, Mike Lansing, Rod Beck, etc. Just miserable pos’.

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