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José Offerman
Infielder
Born: November 8, 1968 (1968-11-08) (age 41)
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Batted: Switch Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 19, 1990 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2005 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Batting average     .273
Home runs     57
Hits     1,552
Runs batted in     537
Stolen bases     172
Teams
Career highlights and awards

José Antonio Offerman Dono (born November 8, 1968 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) was a professional baseball player who played professional baseball for nearly 20 years. He played for 15 seasons in the Major League Baseball and has played 4 seasons of independent and Mexican League baseball since leaving MLB.

He currently manages the Licey Tigers of the Dominican Winter League, and managed them to the 2009 Dominican Winter League Championship.

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Early life

After attending Colegio Biblico Cristiano High School in San Pedro de Macorís, Offerman signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1986. In 1988, he completed his first season of professional play being named as Best Prospect in the Pioneer League. Progressing rapidly through the minor leagues, he made his major league debut against the Montreal Expos on August 19, 1990 becoming the 55th player in major league history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.

Major leagues

By 1992, Offerman became the Dodgers' starting shortstop. He made his first appearance in the All-Star Game in 1995 but was traded to the Kansas City Royals after the season, mostly because of his very poor defense. After a year as a utility player, he won the starting second baseman job in 1997. Offerman had his best offensive seasons in Kansas City, culminating in 1998, when he hit .315 with a league-leading 13 triples and the fifth most stolen bases, 45. After that season, he signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent, making the All-Star Game for the second time in 1999.

Known more for his hitting skills than his fielding, Offerman's offense began to decline in 2000. He was sent to the Seattle Mariners during the 2002 season, but was released afterwards. In 2003, he joined the Montreal Expos in spring training but was cut before the regular season began. He spent the entire year with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. In 2004, he won a spot on the Minnesota Twins roster and led the league in pinch-hits with 12 in 29 attempts. He started 2005 with the Philadelphia Phillies but was released after a slow start. Later, he signed with the New York Mets and was called back up to the majors in June.

Post-USA major leagues

Most recently, Offerman played in the 2008 Caribbean World Series for the Licey Tigers - Dominican Republic 2 team - where he assisted the team in winning its 10th Caribbean World Series title. During the series he signed a contract with the 2008 Veracruz Eagles of the Mexican Summer League.

In December, 2008, Offerman was named player-manager of Licey Tigers of the Dominican Winter League. With Offerman as manager, Licey swept the Dominican Winter League Baseball Championships, winning five straight against the Gigantes del Cibao. As champions, Licey was then invited to participate in the 2009 Caribbean World Series with Offerman as manager (the series was ultimately won by Venezuela). (The Caribbean World Series is affiliated with the Winter League programs of Major League Baseball, featuring MLB players and prospects from the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League and Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.)

Bat incident

He has not played or managed professional baseball in the United States since 2007. On August 14, 2007, Offerman was thrown out of a Ducks game against the Bridgeport Bluefish for charging Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech with a bat after he was hit by a pitch. Beech suffered a broken finger in the resulting melee. Bluefish catcher John Nathans was also hit in the back of the head during the bench-clearing melee, receiving a severe concussion that effectively ended his playing career.[1] Beech and Nathans were taken to Bridgeport Hospital where they were treated and released. After being removed from the game, Offerman was arrested by the Bridgeport Police.[2]

On August 15, 2007, he was suspended indefinitely. The independent Atlantic League announced on August 17, 2007 that Offerman would remain suspended at least until the legal case is resolved.[3]

On September 24, 2007, Offerman pled not guilty to two second degree assault charges. [4]

On October 30, 2007, Offerman was given two years special probation called "Accelerated Rehabilitation ('AR')." Offerman was represented by Attorney Frank J. Riccio II, Esq. of Bridgeport, CT. The Court determined that his actions on August 14, 2007 were of an aberrant nature. The Court also found that Offerman is not likely to offend again in the future.[5]

Nathans filed a $4.8 million dollar civil suit against Offerman in 2009, claiming that he still suffers from post-concussion syndrome and that the injury allegedly caused by Offerman ended his baseball career.[6]

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