Ex-major leaguer Offerman missing amid attack suit

November 9, 2013 • National News

FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, former major league baseball All-Star Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn., where he pleaded not guilty to charges that he attacked a pitcher and catcher with his bat during a minor league game. Six years after the attack, a federal lawsuit heads to trial. But the defense attorney doesn’t know where Offerman is, and doesn’t expect him to show up for court. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Six years after attacking two opposing players with a bat during a minor league baseball game in Connecticut, ex-major leaguer Jose Offerman is nowhere to be found.

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.

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