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Topic - Wladimir Balentien
As is the custom in Japan, the country's home run king bowed deeply and then apologized to his fans and teammates for the actions that led to his arrest earlier this month on domestic violence charges.
Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien apologized to his fans Wednesday, several days after pleading not guilty to domestic violence charges in Florida.
The Yakult Swallows say Wladimir Balentien will join the team for the first day of spring training, having pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges in Florida.
The baseball player who set Japan's single-season home run record last year has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges in Florida.
The written plea was entered Friday for 29-year-old Wladimir Balentien. Court records show Balentien is charged with false imprisonment and battery after a confrontation this month at his estranged wife's Miami-area home.
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, police said Monday.
Wladimir Balentien is an outfielder with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows who hit 60 homers last year, breaking Saraharu Oh's longstanding record of 55. Balentien previously played in the U.S. for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners.
Former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien hit his 56th and 57th home runs on Sunday, breaking the Japanese single-season record set by legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh 49 years ago.
Former major leaguer Balentien hit his 56th and 57th home runs on Sunday, breaking the Japanese single-season record set by legendary slugger Oh 49 years ago.
Another foreign player is challenging Sadaharu Oh's single-season home run record in Japan and may get a fair chance to break it this time.
"This is not a good feeling," Balentien said. "I don't want anyone to go through it. I didn't want to go through it. I just want to play baseball."
"It's all in the past and I'm not going to keep it in my mind," Balentien said. "It's now time to focus on baseball and that's what I intend to do."