Reports: Barfield taken to hospital after fight with son

8/21/2006 - MLB

HOUSTON -- Former All-Star outfielder Jesse Barfield was
taken to a hospital Sunday after he suffered a head injury when he
was shoved down a flight of stairs by his 18-year-old son, the
Houston Chronicle reported.

Barfield, 46, was treated and released, but Jeremy Barfield was
arrested shortly after 8 a.m., the newspaper reported.

The younger Barfield, a high school star outfielder, was drafted in
the ninth round by the New York Mets in June. According to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, Barfield will face a Class A misdemeanor charge of family assault, KTRK of Houston reported. The Harris County District Attorney's office has accepted that charge, according to the ABC affiliate.

"[Jeremy] and his father had some kind of argument that
apparently took place on the stairs in his house," Lt. John Martin, a spokesman for
the Harris County Sheriff's Department, told the
Chronicle. "The father was lower on [the] stairs than Jeremy was and ...
at some point during argument, Jeremy shoved him and he ended up
falling down the stairs and struck his head pretty hard on the

The arresting deputy said the Barfields were getting ready for
church, and went to check on what was delaying Jeremy, "and they
got into an argument," Martin said.

Jeremy Barfield, whose older brother, Josh, plays second base
for the San Diego Padres, hasn't yet signed with the Mets. He
signed a letter of intent with San Jacinto College in Texas.

Jesse Barfield, who played 12 major league seasons with Toronto
and the New York Yankees, hit .256 with 241 career homers and 716
RBI. He was an All-Star in 1986, when he won the first of two
consecutive Gold Gloves.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.