Former MLB player Spiezio charged
By Brian Stanley email@example.com September 4, 2013 9:42PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:41PM
GRUNDY COUNTY — Scott Spiezio, a former Major League Baseball player and Morris High School star, was arrested last month after a physical altercation with a woman at his house, Grundy County sheriff’s police said.
Sheriff Kevin Callahan said Spiezio, 40, is charged with domestic battery and vandalism related to an Aug. 17 incident in which a 31-year-old woman called police to Spiezio’s house, 7615 N. Saratoga Road, to report a fight with him, whom she identified as her former boyfriend.
“The victim told deputies she was visiting when they got into an argument, and he grabbed her by the hair and slapped her,” Callahan said.
Spiezio allegedly also punched out a window of the woman’s car during the fight.
The victim was not hospitalized.
Callahan said police searched for Spiezio near his residence, which is in an unincorporated area near Morris, but were unable to find him that night.
The Grundy County state’s attorney’s office obtained warrants for Spiezio’s arrest three days later, and he turned himself in to police Aug. 24, the sheriff said.
Spiezio, the son of former major league ballplayer Ed Spiezio, played for the Oakland A’s, Anaheim Angels, Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2007.
His three-run homer in the 2002 World Series sparked the Angels to a come-from-behind victory in Game 6 and they went on to win the Series.
Toward the end of his major league career, Spiezio was suspended from playing with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than a month while he was treated for a substance abuse problem.
He was charged with drunken driving, assault and battery following a December 2007 car crash in Irvine, Calif.