Jose Offerman Ordered to Pay $940,000 to Catcher John Nathans for On-Field Assault with Bat

Matt Beech (L), Jose Offerman (M), Johnathan Nathan (R)  Photo credit: Christian AbrahamNathans v. Offerman, 3:09-cv-00256-WWE, 922 F.Supp.2d 271, (D. Conn., 2013)What happened?Jose Offerman was an infielder who played for 15 years in the Major Leagues, last playing for the Mets in 2005.  At his peak, Offerman signed a free agent deal with the Red Sox... Continue Reading →

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New York Court Declines to Label Wiffle Ball Bat a Lethal Weapon

Vintage Wooden Wiffle Ball Bat - Photo Credit: http://www.wiffleballusa.com Schuh v. Hickis, 37 Misc.2d 477, 236 N.Y.S.2d 214 (N.Y.Sup., 1962)What Happened?Sandra Tasyn (14) was visiting relatives in New Hyde Park, New York on June 1, 1958.  She and her cousin went to the defendant Hickis' home, about a block away from her cousin's house, and began... Continue Reading →

Fan Injured in Promotional Horse Race Loses in Lawsuit Against Atlantic League Ball Club

Duncan v. Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, No. A-4279-08T3 (N.J. Super., 2010)What Happened?The Somerset Patriots are an independent minor league baseball team established in 1998 and based in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  The Patriots have enjoyed great success, winning the Atlantic League championship in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009 under the guidance of manager and former... Continue Reading →

Ballplayer Kills Umpire Following Game

Young v. State, 10 Ga.App. 116, 72 S.E. 935 (Ga.App. 1911)What happened?The defendant, Young, was a member of a baseball team that played a baseball game on a Saturday afternoon.  The deceased, Williams, was umpiring the game and keeping score.Young claimed that the opposing team had scored three runs; however, Williams had given them five... Continue Reading →

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