Pitcher testifies on etiquette for hitting batter

Pitcher testifies on etiquette for hitting batter

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former major league pitcher says he didn't intentionally throw at batter Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game that resulted in a bat-wielding brawl.

Matt Beech gave a video deposition that was presented to jurors Monday in the civil trial of Offerman, who is being sued by former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans. Nathans is seeking $4.8 million from Offerman and his former team, the Long Island Ducks. He suffered a head injury during the August 2007 altercation.

Offerman denies he struck Nathans with the bat.

The Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/1p5L8cI ) reports that Beech testified he unintentionally hit Offerman in the leg.

He says Offerman should have known the beaning was unintentional, because baseball etiquette requires a pitcher to aim for the ribs when trying to hit a batter.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com