La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Knoblauch charged with assault; Twins scrap Hall of Fame day

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under People Updated: July 24, 2014 - 2:37 PM

Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with assaulting his wife, and as a result will not be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on Aug. 23.

Knoblauch 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, New York. 

Knoblauch was arrested in a Houston suburb on Wednesday after an early morning call to the police. He was charged with misdemeanor assault on a family member, and was released on $10,000 bond.

News92 FM in Houston reported:

Memorial Villages police were called to their home on Forest Glen around 4 a.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they said Knoblauch appeared to be intoxicated. Police said Knoblauch’s wife told them she was asleep in her child’s room when her husband came in, upset that [s]he wasn’t sleeping in their bed. He allegedly grabbed her by the arm and started smashing her head into a wall.

Knoblauch is accused of throwing a humidifier at her before she ran from the room. Police said Knoblauch’s wife had a large bruise on her arm, a large scratch on the left side of her face and a visible knot on her forehead.

Back in 2009, felony charges were dismissed in an incident in which Knoblauch was accused of choking his then-common-law wife Stacey Stelmach at their Bunker Hill Village home. According to court records, he also got a one-year year deferred adjudication and a fine in a 2010 charge of assault on a family member.

And it doesn’t end there. He was also charged with interference with public duties after allegedly pushing an officer in March of this year. Knoblauch is due in court on that charge next month.

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