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*BREAKING NEWS* Offerman Arrested During Game Tonight: Former big leaguer Jose Offerman was arrested during tonight’s Bridgeport Bluefish/Long Island Ducks game after he charged the mound with his bat. He was upset after Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech hit him with a pitch and benches cleared. Offerman homered in his first at-bat.

Beech was hit on his fingertips and catcher John Nathans took a hit to the head with the bat. Both were taken to an area hospital — Nathans might have a concussion.

This is really sad news for the Long Island Ducks, who’ve received tons of great publicity over the past few months. They are sure lucky that tonight wasn’t a game that MSG, ESPN or any of the other big outlets were covering.

Read Rich Elliott’s complete coverage. – Scott Stanchak.

Jon Cannon, Obviously Not Coming Back: Why? Because he just signed with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association. At least Somerset doesn’t need pitching or anything…

Garcia To Return Today: The Courier News reports that 2B Danny Garcia will be returning to the Patriots lineup for their three-game series in York, which starts tonight.

Tike Talks: Former York Revolution and current Baltimore Orioles OF Tike Redman does a Q&A on what is increasingly becoming my favorite York blog, The York Dispatch’s Jeffrey Johnson’s The Hot Corner.

Blue Apparently Not Their Boy: The Atlantic League website says that OF Vince Blue has been released by the Ducks. This, of course, would be hard to do considering Blue was playing for Bridgeport. I’ll assume they were the ones who cut him.

Norderum Resurfaces: Former Lancaster P Jason Norderum has signed with the St. George Roadrunners of the Golden Baseball League. He had recently been released by the Can-Am League’s Sussex Skyhawks.

Patriots Cards Contest: Make sure you check out yesterday’s news to find out how you can enter a contest to win a set of 2007 Somerset Patriots baseball cards… – Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com



1. tteski - August 14, 2007

Great piece on the Ducks and the Atlantic League last night by Fran Healy on his show “The game 365” on MSG.

2. tteski - August 14, 2007

Sad day for Yankee fans today–Hall of Famer, Phil Rizzuto, has died at the age of 89. He was the Yankees shortstop from 1941-1956 (except for 3 years in the Navy)and was the Yankees announcer for 40 years after that.

You had to love the way “The Scooter” would broadcast a game with his “Holy Cow” call and always asking White (Bill White)what the batter that was up had done in his previous at bats (because Phil had a “nw” on his scorecard for “not watching”). He was also famous for leaving after the 6th inning “so he could beat the traffic across the bridge”. He will be missed.

3. mnlem - August 14, 2007

The Bill White/Phil Rizzuto combination was one of the best broadcast teams. White had tremendous baseball knowledge, he should have been a manager. Rizzuto brought great entertainment, a warm human being. He will be missed.

4. chuckerd58 - August 14, 2007

I am also sad about the passing of the Scooter.I’m not old enough to have seen him play,but from what i have read and heard,he was a terrific shortstop. I did enjoy his “unique” form of broadcasting a game,with the birthday greetings,restaurant plugs,etc. His work with Bill White was great,but i also enjoyed his work with Tom Seaver.RIP Scooter.

5. chuckerd58 - August 14, 2007

Thank you for the info on the red jersies Boosterbabe. I agree,both teams wearing red was absurd. It was like a couple of softball teams. I do think your Red Sox have worn the red jersies in the past on Sunday’s. They looked alot better than those god awful green jersies they wore earlier in the season.

6. tteski - August 15, 2007

Ducks Jose Offerman charged the mound in the 2nd inning in Bridgeport with bat in hand in an attempt to go after Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech who hit him with a fastball. Offerman hit a homerun on the first pitch of the game. Offerman, Beech and Tommy John have been ejected.

7. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 15, 2007

Yikes. I’m sure you’ll see some discreet suspensions from that.

8. tteski - August 15, 2007

John Nathans, the Bluefish catcher, had to leave the game after he was hit in the head on the back swing of when Offerman tried to hit Beech with the bat. The game is an hour and 25 minutes old and the score is Bluefish 8 and the Ducks 5 after 2 innings.

9. chuckerd58 - August 15, 2007

Wow,sounds like a crazy one tonight,guess i will tune in to the webcast of the game. I know Jared Price got beaned in the head in Camden last week,but I think that was just a pitch that got away. This brushback seems to have had a purpose.imo

10. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - August 15, 2007

So Offerman basically tried to kill Beech with his bat? That’s sure what it sounds like.

I hope there’s video of this somewhere. As it’s being described, it sounds like Mr. Offerman may have played his last baseball game.

11. tteski - August 15, 2007

Ducks/Bluefish are now tied 11-11 in the fifth.

12. tteski - August 15, 2007

It’s a slugfest in more ways than one in Bridgeport. After 6 innings its the Ducks 13 and the Bluefish 12.

13. Willy - August 15, 2007
14. chuckerd58 - August 15, 2007

That is some mess Offerman has gotten himself into. Even though I’m a Duck fan,i think he should be banished from the league. It’s one thing to charge the mound with your fists,but to charge out swinging a bat is beyond wrong.

15. BoosterBabe - August 15, 2007

I was there.
It was horrifying.

All I saw was Offerman charge the mound with the bat…..Nathans went after him, the infield ran out to protect Beech…..Both benches cleared, after that it was hard to see who was where doing what. It was a sea of jerseys…I watched someone escort Offerman off the field…don’t know if it was LaPoint or someone else. It was someone in a Ducks uniform, though (not an umpire or a security guard).

At first, we fans were outraged to learn that Beech got tossed…Nathans was walking around, he seemed ok, I did see the trainer tending to the back of his head, but he was walking around and actually caught the end of the inning when Berger came out to pitch. But then he started dry heaving in the dugout. I didn’t see that, thankfully. Beech didn’t seem to be in pain, but I was only looking through binoculars.

The News 12 reporter who was there arrived after the fight ensued but caught video of Offerman being escorted, in cuffs, into a squadcar. They also showed Nathans being put into an ambulance on a gurney, which just broke my heart.

News12 reports that Nathans has a concussion and Beech has a broken finger.

It was a weird night. I left at 9:45, this is a long game and I just couldn’t stay.

I have to admit, when you’re sitting there, worried about the health of your two favorite players, after watching someone try to kill them, the fun is kinda gone.

16. www.BrickCityBruins.com - August 15, 2007

This is terrible. And right after the Ducks, with particular attention paid to Offerman, were featured on MSG last night. I’m no fan of the Ducks, but this is just terrible. I feel bad for the Bluefish and their fans. What would possess a guy to charge the mound swinging a bat? That’s just crazy!

17. BoosterBabe - August 15, 2007

The photos on the CT Post website are absolutely CHILLING.

I am Absolutely heartsick over this.

News12 stated that Beech and Nathans planned to press charges. I’m glad. It’s small consolation though.

I just hope these aren’t season ending (or worse, career ending) injuries.

Right now it’s not about baseball. It’s about people. And two people I care an awful lot about almost got killed before my very eyes tonight.

18. BoosterBabe - August 15, 2007

Wait a second…..”This is really sad news for the Long Island Ducks, who’ve received tons of great publicity over the past few months. They are sure lucky that tonight wasn’t a game that MSG, ESPN or any of the other big outlets were covering.”

Is that all that matters? Publicity?????????

Too bad it wasn’t covered by the major media. The world would have gotten to see what an animal Offerman is.

The man attacked someone for doing his job. No one realized how badly Nathans was hurt because he was walking around for a good half hour after the incident before showing any symptoms….had he lost consciousness on the field after being struck…THEN would you give some sympathy for the Bluefish?

What if Nathans career is over because of this? Would you write it was too bad for him at that point? Give me a break.

So much for “unbiased” journalism.

19. tteski - August 15, 2007

According to Newsday, Offerman is being held in jail and his bail is set at $10,000.

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