Which Chuck Knoblauch do you remember? The Twins’ second baseman nicknamed “Fundamentally Sound” by ESPN, who was the 1991 Rookie of the Year, four-time All Star, two-time Silver Slugger, Gold Glover, and World Champion? Or perhaps the Yankees’ infielder who worked his way into the outfield by contracting “Steve Sax Disease,” throwing the ball past his first baseman and one night into the head of Keith Olbermann’s mom? Maybe the Royals’ outfielder whose got cut before the end of the season and then was named an HGH user in the Mitchell Report (which he later admitted to)?
— Wareham Gatemen (@WarehamGatemen) April 10, 2014
The Twins wanted you to remember the first Knoblauch, even scheduling an induction into the Twins’ Hall of Fame in August. However, Knoblauch (which means “garlic” in German, but may now come to mean “knucklehead”) has been arrested for assaulting his ex-wife. The allegedly intoxicated Knoblauch not only grabbed her, but reportedly smashed her head against the wall and threw a humidifier at her. And keep in mind Knoblauch was already due in court next month on charges involving pushing a police officer. Not exactly the actions of a Hall of Famer.
— Stanley Clark (@RedSoxFanTX) July 24, 2014
And the Twins agree. They’ve cancelled his hall of fame ceremony, and considering his rap sheet and exit from Minnesota (he jumped the sinking Twins ship to play for the Yankees, earning the ire of Twins fans), the induction should never have been scheduled. So the man who got moved from second base to the outfield may now be escorted outside the ballpark permanently.
What a Knoblauch.
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and now is one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.