Offerman Faces Lawsuit For Bat Attack

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Former All-Star Jose Offerman is facing a federal lawsuit for a bat-wielding attack at a minor league game that injured two opposing players.

Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans filed the lawsuit
Thursday against Offerman seeking $4.8 million in damages, saying
the attack left him with permanent injuries that ended his career.

Offerman was batting for the Long Island Ducks against the
Bluefish in Bridgeport in August 2007, when pitcher Matt Beech hit
him with a fastball. Offerman charged the mound with his bat and
swung at least twice, striking Beech and Nathans.

Offerman was granted probation in 2007, ordered to get anger
management treatment and pay the medical expenses of Nathans and

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