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Thursday, April 03, 2014

ESPN: Lenny Dykstra Sues Los Angeles County Over Alleged Jail Beating

Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying he suffered an unprovoked and brutal beating by deputies in a Los Angeles County jail two years ago. Dykstra filed the suit seeking unspecified damages against the county and several Sheriff’s Department employees, saying his head was slammed against the wall, his teeth were knocked out and he was kicked and beaten until he was “barely breathing.”
. . .
But when the beating allegations arose at Dykstra’s fraud sentencing in December 2012, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said there had been a fight involving the former ballplayer and some deputies in April. Dykstra was the aggressor and had to be physically restrained, Whitmore said.

Quite an ending after earning more than $36M from MLB, plus all that he stole.

 

 

The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:02 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bankruptcy, crime, evil, fraud, lawsuits, lenny dykstra, prison

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Catricala retires from baseball to pursue law enforcement

In 2011, Vinnie Catricala was the best player in the Mariners minor league system, 16 months later the Sacramento, California native is retiring from baseball.

“I am just moving on (with my life) and actually one month into the Sacramento Police Academy,” said Catricala on Monday night. “I am really excited about the police department and my future.”


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I-96 shootings suspect says he got ‘coded messages’ telling him to act

A Wixom man police say is the Interstate 96 corridor shooter who terrorized motorists in October 2012 testified Monday that he was prompted to randomly shoot at cars after receiving “coded messages” during Detroit Tiger baseball games.
[...]
Casteel said one of the shootings occurred while he was listening to a Tigers baseball game on his car radio and suffered anxiety at seeing a “long line of cars” driving in his direction.

He said he recalled listening to one pre-game broadcast discussing baseball hitters “aiming at shadows” or “shooting at shadows.”

“To me it meant shooting at cars,” he said.

Better cars than Trucks, I guess.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 05:10 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: crime, detroit tigers, general, radio

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Leonys Martin ransom case detailed

This ain’t no rick roll.

Like many Cuban baseball stars, outfielder Leonys Martin dreamed of leaving the communist island for the bright lights and big money of Major League Baseball.

Martin accomplished his goal in 2011 when he signed with the Texas Rangers, but not before what court documents and the U.S. Justice Department describe as a harrowing ordeal in which he was held for ransom in Mexico while his family members were kept under surveillance in South Florida.

Three people have been indicted in Miami on federal charges of hostage-taking and extortion conspiracy—counts that carry potential life prison sentences if they are convicted—and Martin himself is suing his alleged kidnappers for the return of more than $1.3 million he has already paid them.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Former UWSP baseball player facing domestic abuse charges

Cody Koback, 23, of Stevens Point was arrested Friday on charges of battery, false imprisonment and strangulation and suffocation after a former girlfriend told deputies about a domestic abuse incident at his house the previous day.

Koback, a tenth-round pick in 2011, is a member of the Red Sox’s minor league system.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Buzzfeed: The Godfather Of Sabermetrics Has A Novel Theory On JFK’s Death: It Was An Accident

He does, however, have a very interesting theory about why Kennedy actually died. More to the point, Bonar Menninger and Howard Donahue have the theory, which is laid out in Menninger’s book Mortal Error. James enthusiastically endorses the theory in his own book Popular Crime. (Popular Crime, James’ obsessive study of pretty much every notorious American criminal case of the last three hundred or so years, is highly recommended.) …

It’s a detailed argument, obviously, but it boils down to this: Kennedy’s fatal wound seems to have come from a bullet fired on the same plane as his head (rather than above). Secret Service agent George Hickey, in the car trailing the president, picked up an AR-15 rifle immediately after hearing Oswald’s rifle shots. (See the picture below.) Another Secret Service agent in fact said in a statement that, on that day, he’d thought Hickey had fired his weapon. And several witnesses near Hickey’s car reported smelling gunpowder immediately after the shots. Donahue therefore believes, as Bonar Menninger writes in Mortal Error, that Hickey fired the kill shot by accident.

Eh, I agree with Howard Stern: Kennedy’s head exploded from sexual tension, not a gunshot.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: November 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM | 165 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, crime, murder, sabermetrics

 

 

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