Jose Offerman Bio

Posted on Jan 13 2016 - 10:59am by Tyler Scionti



Jose Offerman, born November 8 1968 spent 15 years in the MLB and an additional four in independent and Mexican leagues. Offerman currently manages a team in the Dominican leagues. 

Offerman went to Colegio Biblico Cristiano High School in San Pedro de Macorís and upon graduating signed with the LA Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1986. He progressed rapidly through the minors, making his MLB debut in 1990 at the age of 21 where he batted .155 in 29 games. His next season was not much better (.195 in 59 games) but by 1992 he got his first full season under his belt as the Dodger’s starting shortstop and played quite well batting .260 in 149 games. 

Though he made the All Star team in 1995 he was traded to the Kansas City Royals due to his poor defense. Offerman went on to have a prolific stretch in KC, batting over .300 twice including one of the best years of his career in 1998 where he batted a career-high .315 with a league leading 13 triples. 

That would be his last year with the Royals though as he elected to sign with the Sox as a free agent in the off-season, debuting in Boston as the starting second baseman in 1999. Offerman batted .294 in 1999 while leading the leagye with 11 truples and making the All Star team for the second time in his career. Unfortunately, after 2000 he began to decline batting just .255 as his age began to catch up with him. By 2002 Boston had seen enough and traded Offerman (batting .232) mid season to the Seattle Mariners and was released at the end of the season. 

He spent the 2003 season in the Independent Leagues but made a comeback in 2004 with the Minnesota Twins. From there he bounced to the Phillies, then the Mets yet never gained any consistency and retired in 2005 at the age of 36. You can view his full stats here: 




Sadly Offerman’s career is not without controversy; while with the Indpendant League Bridgeport Bluefish in 2003 he charged the mound, bat in hand, after being hit by a pitch. Then in 2010, as a manager in the Dominican Leagues, he punched an umpire knocking him down after a disputed call.