• Mel Hall Arrested

    Posted by on June 24th, 2007 · Comments (12)

    From the AP -

    Former Yankees outfielder Mel Hall has been charged with sexually assaulting two girls in 1998 and 1999 when he was coaching them on a select basketball team.

    The 46-year-old Hall was released from jail Friday on $35,000 bail. He was arrested the previous day on charges of sexual assault of a child under 17 and aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, police said yesterday. The second charge carries a possible life sentence because of the age of the alleged victim.

    When Hall was arrested, there was also an unrelated outstanding warrant on a theft charge, police said.

    Hall could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press yesterday. Several phone numbers listed in his name were incorrect or disconnected.

    Police said they are looking for other possible victims because Hall was a girls basketball coach and organized a baseball camp in the area.

    Hall played in the majors from 1981 to 1992 and again in 1996 for the Cubs, Indians, Yankees and Giants. He hit .276 with 134 home runs and 620 RBI in his career.

    Mel Hall played 4 years in Chicago, 5 years in Cleveland, and 4 years with the Yankees. So, why is he “former Yankees outfielder”? Why not say “former major league outfielder”? Or “former Cubs, Indians, and Yankees outfielder”?

    Don’t get me wrong here. If Hall did what they say, then he should be locked up and have the key thrown away. That’s not the issue to me.

    I just want to know why his “Yankees” connection is being singled out here – above his other connections of equal or greater merit.

    That’s not being very fair to the Yankees organization, is it?

    Comments on Mel Hall Arrested

    1. Raf
      June 24th, 2007 | 10:48 am

      The article’s from the NY Daily News, it’s no suprise they made the connection.

      A quick search of Google News (http://tinyurl.com/22qco8) shows other reports as saying “former major leaguer” or “ex MLB-er” or “former player”

    2. Mr. Furious
      June 24th, 2007 | 11:05 am

      Maybe he spent too much time hanging around with Luis Polonia in ’89 and ’90.

    3. Mr. Furious
      June 24th, 2007 | 11:07 am

      Actually, now that I think about it, that really isn’t fair to Polonia. IIRC, Polonia’s offense was consensual sex with a 15-year-old, rather than sexual assault.

    4. rbj
      June 24th, 2007 | 12:05 pm

      Wasn’t Hall one of the guys who was a real dick to Bernie Williams in his rookie year?

    5. RICH
      June 24th, 2007 | 12:12 pm

      Raf’s right. The Chicago Tribune’s report leads with “Ex-Cub Mel Hall…” and for the most part he played his last 4 seasons in MLB with the Yanks.

      Don’t be so defensive Steve. It’s not like Hall had a sterling reputation before this though I would never expect charges like this about anyone.

    6. rbj
      June 24th, 2007 | 1:23 pm

      foxsports.com’s headline is “ex-yankee hall arrested.”

    7. RICH
      June 24th, 2007 | 2:13 pm

      rbj, are you claiming the headline is false? It’s true. Other than a 25 game comeback after 3 years out of the majors who did Hall last play for in his last 519 games? That’s how outsiders will remember him.

    8. jamesonandwater
      June 24th, 2007 | 3:00 pm

      I sincerely doubt anyone of sound mind is going around saying “well that just confirms my belief that NYC/the Yankees organization/baseball in general is a den of iniquity”. This is not a big deal.

    9. rbj
      June 24th, 2007 | 5:10 pm

      ~rbj, are you claiming the headline is false~
      Not at all Rich. Where did you get that from?

      I was merely pointing out that there was a national news organization that labelled Hall as a Yankee, as opposed to a former major leaguer.

    10. June 24th, 2007 | 5:12 pm

      ~~~Wasn’t Hall one of the guys who was a real dick to Bernie Williams in his rookie year?~~~

      It was all Mel Hall. He’s the one who used to call Bernie “Bambi.”

    11. Tex Antoine
      June 24th, 2007 | 7:03 pm

      He also banged Suzyn Waldman, which tells you something about his judgment

    12. Lee Sinins
      June 25th, 2007 | 12:03 am

      I am very suspicious of that $35,000 bail.

      I see only 2 ways in which bail could be that low in a case involving a potential life sentence–

      1) The chance of both a conviction and the end result being a life sentence is very low.

      2) Pressure or influence is being exerted in the case.

      And, Mr. Furious, by statute, in all states, sex with a minor below a certain age is, by definition, sexual assault, regardless of whether it is consensual or not. In Hall’s case, the only reasonable inference is a consensual situation (putting aside the issue of whether a child is too young to consent). Even putting aside the life sentence aspect, there is no way that bail would that low if this was a forcible rape situation.

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