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Jose Offerman banned for life after punching umpire

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In news that should surprise no one, former major-leaguer Jose Offerman has been banned for life from the Dominican Winter Baseball League after attempting to punch an umpire.

Offerman, the interim manager of the Licey Tigers, threw a nasty right hook to American umpire Daniel Reyburn's face Saturday after coming out to argue an ejection. Reyburn hit the deck and Offerman was escorted away.

The umpiring crew has subsequently resigned and left the country.

Sadly, Offerman has been at the center of an on-field violence scandal before. In 2007, he hit a minor-league catcher in the head with a bat during a game.

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