Jose Offerman bat attack victim awarded nearly $1 million

Wednesday July 30th, 2014

A jury on Tuesday awarded nearly $1 million in damages to the minor league baseball player whom former Met Jose Offerman attacked with a bat in 2007.

Johnathan Nathans, a member of the Bridgeport Bluefish, was seeking $4.8 million, according to CBS New York.

“It’s been a really long process, obviously,” Nathans told WCBS 880. “Seven years is a long time to wait to hold somebody responsible for their actions. But the jury spoke, and they spoke loud and clear.

“I’m glad that finally things have come to a conclusion and that Mr. Offerman has finally been held responsible for his actions on Aug. 14, 2007, where he ended my career.”

Offerman testified that he didn't swing his bat at Nathans and another player, according to his lawyer, Frank Riccio II.

Riccio II said the jury found Offerman guilty of assault, but not battery.

Offerman, 45, had stints with the Dodgers, Royals, Mariners, Twins, Phillies and Mets over a 15-year career that included two All-Star Game appearances . 

- Chris Johnson

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