01/18/10 2:39 PM EST
Offerman suspended 'for life' for incident
Former Major Leaguer struck umpire in Dominican League
By David Venn / MLB.com
"We've made the decision to suspend indefinitely, which means for life, manager Jose Offerman due to what happened on Saturday at Quisqueya Stadium," Leonardo Matos Berrido, president of the league, told the Associated Press.
Trying to reach the championship series with Licey, Offerman first argued with plate umpire Jason Bradley after Tigers catcher Ronny Paulino was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes. Offerman then got into a heated discussion with Rayburn, the first base umpire for Saturday's game, and knocked him to the ground with what appeared to be his right fist or forearm.
Licey lost the game to the Cibao Giants and was eliminated.
This is the second violent incident with Offerman on a baseball field in two and a half years. In August of 2007, he hit an opposing player with a bat in a game in the Atlantic Independent League.
Playing for the Long Island Ducks against the Bridgeport Bluefish, Offerman charged the mound after being hit by Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech. Swinging the bat he never let go of, Offerman struck Bridgeport catcher Joe Nathans and Beech.
Nathans sued Offerman for $4.8 million, claiming he sustained career-ending injuries. Offerman also was forced to attend anger management classes and was banned from the Atlantic League.
After Saturday's incident, Offerman was taken to a local police station in Santo Domingo, although it was unclear whether criminal charges would be filed.
Offerman, 41, was in his second stint as manager of the Tigers, taking over this season for Dave Jauss, who was dismissed by Licey during the semifinal round robin of the Dominican league. Jauss himself had been suspended for two years by the league just after his firing for bumping an umpire.
In a 15-year Major League career with the Dodgers, Royals, Red Sox, Mariners, Twins, Phillies and Mets, Offerman hit .273 and was named to two All-Star teams.
David Venn is the lead editor of LasMayores.com, MLB.com's Spanish-language site. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.