Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Former Relief Pitcher Charged with Robbery


Jeff Reardon, one of the top relief pitchers in history, blamed medication for depression after his arrest for a jewelry store robbery.

Police said Tuesday that the 50-year-old Reardon, retired since 1994 and sixth in career saves, walked into Hamilton Jewelers at the Gardens Mall on Monday and handed an employee a note saying he had a gun and the store was being robbed.

Reardon, who starred with the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox , fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police found him at a nearby restaurant, recovered the stolen money and charged him with armed robbery. Lt. David O'Neill said Reardon did not have a gun and offered no resistance when he was handcuffed.

"He said it was the medication that made him do it and that he was sorry," O'Neill said.
He said Reardon has lived in the city for more than 20 years and has never caused any problems.

Reardon made a brief appearance in court Tuesday and was to be released on $5,000 bail, said his attorney, Mitchell Beers.He said Reardon had a 20-year-old son who died of a drug overdose in February 2004, which "has been very difficult for him and his family," and has been on medication for depression. Reardon, who is married and has two other children, also underwent a heart angioplasty last week and has been taking medication for that."He asked me to apologize to his fans and friends," Beers said. "This bizarre incident is completely uncharacteristic of Jeff Reardon."

He said Reardon, who made more than $11.5 million in his career, according to baseball-reference.com, was not having financial problems.

Reardon had a save in the Twins' 1987 World Series victory over St. Louis. But five years later, he gave up a decisive two-run homer to Toronto's Ed Sprague in the ninth inning, allowing the Blue Jays to tie Atlanta at one game apiece. Toronto eventually won the 1992 World Series in six games.

The four-time All-Star was 73-77 with 367 saves and a 3.16 ERA in 16 seasons with the
New York Mets, Montreal, Minnesota, Boston, the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Yankees.


Read more about Jeff Reardon here.

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How weird is this? Jeff Reardon, one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the sport, robbing a jewelry store. You don't see this every day.

3 Comments:

  • I don't know about the medication causing him to do it...it is possible, but probably just a good excuse...

    By Blogger Matt A., at 9:28 AM  

  • Not much of a robbery though...I heard he only got away with under 200 dollars.

    By Blogger Matt A., at 9:35 AM  

  • Well, reports are that he is very well off, financially. He, at one time in his career, made 11.3 million dollars. I don't really see the need to rob a jewelry store for $200....

    By Blogger MVB, at 5:44 PM  

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