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Bad boy batter Jose banned for punching umpire

Jose Offerman was banned for life by the Dominican winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during an argument on the baseball field.

The former All-Star, manager of the Licey Tigers, appeared to hit first base umpire Daniel Reyburn in the face or neck with a fist during Saturday's game against the Cibao Giants. Reyburn fell to the ground.

The Dominican league's president, Leonardo Matos Berrido, announced the ban Monday. He said the decision against Offerman was made shortly after the attack.

Fernando Ravelo, the general manager of the Tigers, said the club will try to appeal the ban against Offerman, who has a contract with the club for next season.

Offerman was detained by stadium security and taken to a police station to wait until the end of the game while it was determined whether Reyburn would seek charges.

The Giants were winning 6-0 in the third inning of the final game of the winter league semi-final play-off series when plate umpire Jason Bradley ejected catcher Ronny Paulino for arguing balls and strikes. Offerman came onto the field to talk to Bradley, but ended up arguing with Reyburn.

It was the latest outburst by Offerman, an All-Star infielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995 and Boston Red Sox in 1999.

On August 14, 2007, he was batting for the Long Island Ducks against the Bridgeport Bluefish when pitcher Matt Beech hit him with a fastball. Offerman charged the mound with his bat and swung at least twice, striking Beech and Bluefish catcher John Nathans.

In February 2009, Nathans sued Offerman in the US District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, seeking $4.8m in damages. Nathans said the attack left him with permanent, career-ending injuries.