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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Japan News: Balentien apologizes, ready for camp

Swallows, my pride.

A contrite Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien, who earlier this month was arrested on domestic violence and false imprisonment charges, spoke directly to the organization, teammates and fans during a press conference on Wednesday at the team’s office in Tokyo.

The outfielder, who is out on bail, was granted permission on Jan. 24 by a Florida court to travel to Japan and arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday night, and will join the team for training camp, which starts Saturday in Urasoe, Okinawa Prefecture.

“I’m here in front of you guys today because, first of all, I just want to apologize to my fans, I want to apologize to the Yakult Swallows fans, I want to apologize to the organization, the Yakult Swallows, and I want to apologize to my teammates for all the stuff that’s going on.

“I’m glad I’m here today on time for starting spring training. I’m going to do my best this year—try to be [the best] player I can and help my team to win a lot of ballgames this year. Those are my goals,” said Balentien, who will be in his fourth year in Japan.

Balentien, who last year broke Nippon Pro Baseball’s single-season home run record by hitting 60, was just glad to avoid being tardy to camp.

“I feel great because that was what I was worried about—just trying to be on time and be able to start camp on time with all my teammates,” said Balentien, who surpassed Sadaharu Oh’s 1964 record of 55 homers that was later equaled by Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera.

Repoz Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:41 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4647855)
I hate these kind of "apologies". He's not sorry for what he did; he's sorry what he did makes him look bad.

Apologize to your ex-wife and your daughter if you're really sorry.
   2. zonk Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM (#4647856)
He showed up for camp in the best behavior of his life
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4647861)
Can't tell from TFA. Was this a serious assault?
   4. TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4647865)
Can't tell from TFA. Was this a serious assault?
He broke in to his estranged wife's house and locked her in the bedroom. Serious enough?
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM (#4647869)
Apologize to your ex-wife and your daughter if you're really sorry.


Yep.

Can't tell from TFA. Was this a serious assault?


Per AP:

According to a police affidavit, Karla Balentien refused to answer the door or her phone when Wladimir Balentien arrived at the house Sunday. Wladimir Balentien then pulled out several window screens and climbed into the house through a dining room window.

Balentien grabbed his wife's arm as she was running upstairs, police said, and then followed her into a bedroom and locked the door. The couple's young daughter was also there.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4647882)
Can't tell from TFA. Was this a serious assault?


Do you want to know the horrifying truth or do you want to see some dingers?
   7. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4647894)
Apologize to your ex-wife and your daughter if you're really sorry.

And how do you know that he didn't? Unless you're suggesting that the appropriate place to apologize to them is at a press conference.

I mean, at a press conference held by the team, the guy apologizes to the team, his teammates, and the fans. Seems appropriate to me. He didn't pull the "I'm sorry if anyone was offended" crap.
   8. base ball chick Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4647898)
this is no big deal

from the smount of apologizing i thought he did something really terrible like steroids or something
   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM (#4647906)
And how do you know that he didn't?


Well, he broke into her house because she didn't want to talk to him. So what are the odds that she'd want to listen to him apologize?
   10. vivaelpujols Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4647932)
What does it mean to be arrested on false imprisonment charges?

edit: nvermind
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4647943)
He broke in to his estranged wife's house and locked her in the bedroom. Serious enough?

Yeah, that's pretty bad. Could be worse.

I wonder why is something like this charged as domestic violence rather than breaking and entering, and assault and battery?
   12. KJOK Posted: January 29, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4648085)
I wonder why is something like this charged as domestic violence rather than breaking and entering, and assault and battery?


Possibly because he may be the owner of the apartment.



   13. KT's Pot Arb Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:16 AM (#4648456)
I would probably do the same thing if my wife locked me out.

I mean what if I have to go to the bathroom really bad?
   14. bigglou115 Posted: January 30, 2014 at 05:46 AM (#4648476)
@11 Domestic violence contains assault and battery as a lesser included, so it usually is charged. As to breaking and entering, he either owned the place or they didn't think they could get him on intent. Little known fact (amongst non-lawyers) is that in order for it to be breaking and entering (as opposed to criminal trespass) is that you have to intend to commit a further crime once you're inside. It rarely gets charged in these cases because it's usually pretty easy for the defense to get a jury to believe he broke in, and then during the heat of the moment decided to commit the assault and battery, and once a defense attorney gets the jury to say not guilty to one charge it gets easier to get further not guiltiest.

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