Former MLB infielder Jose Offerman denied swinging a bat at two other players during a 2007 minor league game, reports the AP. Offerman testified at a civil trial in federal court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Friday.
Offerman, 45, is being sued for allegedly attacking two players on the Bridgeport Bluefish after being hit by a pitch. The lawsuit alleges that Offerman charged the mound and swung his bat at the players. Bluefish catcher Jonathan Nathans is suing Offerman for $4.5 million, alleging that he sustained a head injury after the former Boston Red Sox infielder hit him with his bat.
In his 15-year career, Offerman played for seven teams, including the the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, and the Red Sox. He made two All-Star teams, in 1995 and 1999. For his career, Offerman hit .273 with 72 triples and 57 home runs. .
- Alex Hampl