Former big leaguer Billy Koch was arrested over the weekend on criminal mischief and battery charges after getting into a wild incident with his neighbor in Florida.
Details on how the whole thing got started seem somewhat sketchy, but
apparently 48-year-old Luis Camacho “pushed” Koch’s stepson while they
were both in the street at 2:00 a.m., at which point Koch’s wife “came
running out of the house, screaming and spitting at him.” Koch was not
far behind, and that’s when things got crazy:
The altercation began near the Koch residence and moved to Camacho’s
driveway nearby as Camacho and his son retreated. According to
statements by the Koches, Camacho and several witnesses, Camacho
grabbed a bat to defend himself and when it was taken away, grabbed a
spade shovel. Camacho pushed Brandi Koch to the ground and swung at
Billy Koch while his son lowered their garage door. Billy Koch landed a
punch on Camacho, splitting his lip, the report shows. The injury
required seven stitches.
Billy Koch stopped the garage door from closing one time by striking
it with the bat. As the door lowered the second time, Koch turned and
began hitting a car that belonged to Melvin Habrat. Based on witness
statements and evidence at the scene, it was determined the Koches were
the primary aggressors while Camacho responded in self-defense, the
report shows. “My son was there and that really bothers me,” Camacho
said. “It’s bad enough I swung a bat and hit him [Koch] with a shovel.
It still just bothers me.”
Normally “it’s bad enough I swung a bat and hit him with a shovel”
would be the award-winning quote from just about any incident, but not
here. My favorite? “I’ve lived here two years,” Camacho said. “First
time I ever laid eyes on the man was as he was trying to crush my
skull.” Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
Koch has the fifth-most saves in baseball history through the age of
27, last pitched at the age of 29, and is now making headlines for
skull-crushing at the age of 34. For anyone interested in studying
relief pitchers, his is a somewhat atypical career path.
Update (7:01 PM EDT): David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the deal has been completed.
ESPN’s Keith Law reported on Saturday evening that a bad contract swap involving the Braves’ Hector Olivera and the Padres’ Matt Kemp was “getting close.” Olivera has been pulled off the field, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that only a last-second medical would kill the deal at this point, and that the Padres will be sending money to the Braves.
Kemp, 31, will have $64.5 million remaining on his contract through 2019 after this season, but the Dodgers will pay $3.5 million annually over those remaining three years, so the $64.5 million is really $54 million. The veteran has compiled a .262/.285/.489 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 69 RBI in 431 plate appearances for the Padres this season.
Olivera, 31, will have $28.5 million remaining on his contract through 2020 after this season. The outfielder was handed an 82-game suspension, beginning on May 26, for his involvement in a domestic dispute on April 13. The suspension is up on August 2. He has a .501 OPS in 21 major league at-bats this season and a .278 OPS in 37 PA at Triple-A.
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will consider designating Olivera for assignment. The trade is all about the salary dump for the Padres, as they’d rather give outfield playing time to prospects Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot.
The Athletics and Royals swapped outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent Billy Burns to Kansas City and the Royals sent Brett Eibner to Oakland.
Burns, 26, doesn’t provide much in the way of offense, but he runs the bases well and plays solid defense. He was hitting .234/.270/.303 with 11 doubles, four triples, and 14 stolen bases in 274 plate appearances.
Eibner, 27, was batting .231/.286/.423 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 85 plate appearances. He has spent most of the season with Triple-A Omaha, where he’s put up a .902 OPS in 219 PA. Eibner played the outfield corners in the majors, but racked up a ton of time playing center in the minors, so his versatility will be valuable to the A’s.
Burns will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2017 season while Eibner has hardly accrued any service time, which might explain part of the motivation behind the trade for the small-market Athletics.