Houston police are accusing Chuck Knoblauch with hitting his wife, and as a result he is facing a misdemeanor assault charge. The former all-star infielder is due in court July 30 after posting a $10,000 bond.
Knoblauch was to have been inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame next month. But the team released a statement saying, “In light of recent news reports surrounding Chuck Knoblauch, as well as direct communication with the former Twins second baseman, the Minnesota Twins have decided to cancel the team’s 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for August 23 at Target Field.”
From a report by Houston’s News 92 FM:
Memorial Villages police were called to their home on Forest Glen around 4 a.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they said Knoblauch appeared to be intoxicated.
Police said Knoblauch’s wife told them she was asleep in her child’s room when her husband came in, upset that she wasn’t sleeping in their bed. He allegedly grabbed her by the arm and started smashing her head into a wall.
Knoblauch is accused of throwing a humidifier at her before she ran from the room.
Police said Knoblauch’s wife had a large bruise on her arm, a large scratch on the left side of her face and a visible knot on her forehead.
Back in 2009, felony charges were dismissed in an incident in which Knoblauch was accused of choking his then-common-law wife Stacey Stelmach at their Bunker Hill Village home.
Knoblauch had a 12-year career playing for the Twins, Yankees and Royals. He was named American League rookie of the year in 1991, and he was a four-time all-star. Knoblauch gained notoriety later in his career, after he signed with New York, for developing a mental block about throwing the ball to first base.