Wladimir Balentien arrested on domestic violence charges

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

NPB's home run record holder Balentien is facing charges in Florida.
NPB's home run record holder Balentien is facing charges in Florida. (USATSI)

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Former Major League Baseball player and current single-season home run record holder in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball Wladimir Balentien has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges.

Via the Associated Press, Balentien is facing felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a weekend confrontation with his wife of six years, Karla. The couple is now going through divorce proceedings.

More, via AP:

According to a police affidavit, Karla Balentien refused to answer the door or her phone when Wladimir Balentien arrived at the house Sunday. Wladimir 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, police said, and then followed her into a bedroom and locked the door. The couple's young daughter was also there.

A witness called police and Balentien was taken into custody, according to the affidavit.

Balentien, 29, played for the Reds and Mariners in parts of three seasons in MLB before heading to Japan. Last season, playing for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, Balentien hit 60 home runs in 130 games, breaking the single-season home run record -- formerly 55, which was shared by Sadaharu Oh (1964), Tuffy Rhodes (2001) and Alex Cabrera (2002).

In three season in NPB, Balentien has clubbed 122 homers.

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