Former big leauger Jose Offerman is nowhere to be found as his federal lawsuit heads to trial. Offerman was involved in a bizarre turn of events on Aug. 14, 2007 while with the Long Island Ducks, a team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs.
Offerman was hit by a pitch thrown by Matt Beech of the Bridgeport Bluefish when Offerman charged the mound with bat in hand. Beech suffered a broken finger in the scuffle but Bluefish catcher John Nathans was struck in the back of the head, receiving a severe concussion that ended his playing career.
Nathans filed a $4.8 million civil suit against Offerman in 2009.
As the suit prepares to go to trial however, Offerman is AWOL. From the Associated Press:
As a federal lawsuit over the attack heads to trial, the attorney for the journeyman catcher whose career was ended with a swing of Offerman’s bat doesn’t know where the two-time All-Star is – and doesn’t expect him to show up for court.
J. Craig Smith, the attorney for former Bridgeport Bluefins catcher John Nathans, tried to serve Offerman with discovery documents in recent months, with no success.
“It’s been so difficult for me to track him down,” Smith said. “I certainly don’t expect Offerman to show up at court.”
Offerman first broke into the Majors in 1990 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Offerman was traded to the Seattle Mariners in Aug. of 2002 from the Boston Red Sox for cash and played in 29 games for the M’s batting .234. He was released after the 2002 season.
Offerman was also banned for life from the Dominican Winter League in 2010 when Offerman, a player-manager, punched an umpire. The suspension was lifted in 2013.