The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball was created as a family oriented entertainment environment. However, after the Jose Offerman incident the other night in Bridgeport, one has to wonder how paying customers feel about the league now?
Offerman played for the Long Island Ducks, and had a standout career in the Major Leagues, and they suspended him until this whole mess is cleaned up. But, I think he should be banned for life from the Atlantic League.
When a child looks at a ball player in the Atlantic League they think of a role model and not a bat wielding maniac going after players on the opposing team. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated in any sport from the Little Leagues to the Major Leagues.
Bridgeport Bluefish CEO Mary-Jane Foster made the right call, telling the Connecticut Post, "I called [Atlantic League executive director] Joe Klein immediately after the incident and told him what had occurred on the field. And I have asked that the Atlantic League suspend Jose Offerman from the league for life."
So, the Atlantic League must do the right thing and suspend him for life — no questions asked!
photo courtesy of Christian Abraham/Connecticut Post.