Knoblauch charged with assault; Twins cancel Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Former major league baseball player Chuck Knoblauch was charged with assaulting his former wife this week, and as a result of the incident the Minnesota Twins canceled the team's Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled next month.
According to KHOU-TV in Houston, the 46-year-old Knoblauch was charged with assault of a family member, Cheri Knoblauch, whom he divorced in 2012. He was released on a $10,000 bond.
Knoblauch was previously convicted of hitting then-wife Stacy Stelmach in 2010 and received one year of probation in that case.
Knoblauch had been scheduled to be inducted on Aug. 23 at Target Field.
Knoblauch retired in 2002 following a 12-year career with the New York Yankees, Twins and Kansas City Royals. He was the 1991 American League rookie of the year with the Twins.
The Twins issued this statement:
"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.
"In January of this year, Knoblauch was elected by a 62-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members, using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y."
Founded in 2000, the Twins Hall of Fame has 26 current inductees including players, managers, broadcasters, owners and members of the ballclub's front office.