After arrest, Twins cancel Knoblauch's hall of fame induction


The Minnesota Twins have cancelled Chuck Knoblauch's induction into the Twins Hall of Fame after an arrest Wednesday night and accusations that Knoblauch assaulted his ex-wife.

FOX Sports Net's Tyler Mason tweeted about the cancellation Thursday afternoon:

According to KHOU, Knoblauch, 46, was arrested Wednesday night and accused of assaulting his ex-wife. The 1991 American League Rookie of the Year is now facing charges of assault of a family member.

KTRK reported she suffered a large bruise on her arm, a large scratch on the left side of her face and a knot on her forehead.

According to the KHOU report, it's not Knoblauch's first brush with the law. In 2010, he was sentenced to one year of probation after being convicted of hitting his then wife.

NESN reports Knoblauch is also due in court to face an interference of public duties charge after he allegedly pushed a police officer in March.

The Twins released a statement on Thursday, regarding the situation, 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.

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, New York.

Knoblauch was a rookie on the Twins' 1991 World Series team. They dealt him to the New York Yankees for pitcher Eric Milton and shortstop Christian Guzman prior to the 1998 season, after Knoblauch requested a trade.

Twins fans never forgave him.

He was the subject of merciless heckling every time he returned to Minnesota. One game in 2001 had to be stopped after fans threw things, including hot dogs, at him while he played left field.

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