Jose Offerman Given Lifetime Ban From Dominican Baseball After Punching Umpire

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Jose Offerman has been banned for life from the Dominican Winter Baseball League after punching an umpire in the face, according to an ESPN.com report.

The incident took place on Saturday, when Offerman, who was serving as interim manager of the Licey Tigers, got into an argument with the umpiring crew. His discussion ended with him swinging a fist at the face of one of the umpires.

"The decision … is definitive," Leonardo Matos-Berrido, the league's president, told ESPN. "Offerman is excluded for life from Dominican baseball."

The ESPN.com report also says that the American umpiring crew resigned and left the country.

The incident is the second such story regarding Offerman in the past few years. On Aug. 14, 2007, as a member of the Long Island Ducks of the Independent League, Offerman charged the mound and swung his bat at the pitcher. He struck both the pitcher and catcher John Nathans, who later sued Offerman.

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