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How To Get Suspended For Life

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Former Dodger Jose Offerman got hit by a pitch in the leg during a minor league game Tuesday night and he ran to the mound with his bat. Offerman, who in his heyday was a .300 hitter, swung and hit the Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech in his non-throwing hand and also got some of the catcher with this second swing.

The 38-year-old Offerman came up through the Dodger farm system and was an All-Star shortstop for Los Angeles in 1995 now plays for the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League in the minors. Offy's comeback might be stalled by the meltdown, subsequent arrest, and probable banishment.

"It was one of those moments that you want to forget. I lost it for about 10 seconds," Offerman told the Connecticut Post. "That's what happened to me. I didn't have any intentions and I feel sorry for what happened and the way it happened." Bridgeport catcher John Nathans got a concussion that's likely to sideline him for the rest of the season. Pitcher Matt Beech wound up with a broken finger.

"I called [Atlantic League executive director] Joe Klein immediately after the incident and told him what had occurred on the field," Bridgeport Bluefish CEO Mary-Jane Foster told the Connecticut Post. "And I have asked that the Atlantic League suspend Jose Offerman from the league for life." - ESPN

Suspended for life? You don't hear that often enough these days, and as much as we liked Jose, we've gotta agree with the request, you can't take a bat to the mound in the minors.Dodger fans will never forget San Francisco's Juan Marichal hitting Dodgers catcher John Roseboro
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in the head with the bat. It's an infamous part of history that no one wants to revisit, yet here we are. And although Marichal and Roseboro became friends after their fight, it is probably best of Offerman simply becomes a former pro, because there's nothing professional about what went down Tuesday.

AP Photo/Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham