What the Foul?
Tokyo Yakult Swallows' Wladimir Balentien, a former Major League Baseball player who broke Japan’s single-season home run record last year, has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges. The Curacao-born Balentien is an outfielder with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He hit 60 homers last year but is now going through a divorce with his wife.
According to the Associated Press, Balentien’s wife, Karla, refused to answer the door or her phone when Balentien arrived at the house Sunday. Balentien then pulled out several window screens and climbed into the house through a dining room window. Balentien grabbed his wife’s arm as she was running upstairs and then followed her into a bedroom and locked the door. The couple’s young daughter was also there. A witness called the police. Balentien was arrested on suspicion of felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery.
Japanese fans were shocked to hear that Balentien was taken into custody. Along with Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 in the regular season, Wladimir Balentien is the most hotly discussed player in the Nippon Professional Baseball league.