Former Twins' Pitcher Jeff Reardon Arrested for
Armed Robbery, Blames Depression Medication
(AP) Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Jeff Reardon, one
of the top relief pitchers in history, was charged
with robbing a jewelry store, then blamed his
arrest on medication he was taking for depression.
The 50-year-old Reardon, retired since 1994 and
sixth in career saves, walked into Hamilton Jewelers
at the Gardens Mall on Monday and handed an employee
a note saying he had a gun and the store was
being robbed, police said Tuesday.
Reardon, who starred with the Montreal Expos,
Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox, fled the store
with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police found
him at a nearby restaurant, recovered the stolen
money and charged him with armed robbery. Lt. David
O'Neill said Reardon did not have a gun and offered
no resistance when handcuffed. "He said it
was the medication that made him do it and that
he was sorry," O'Neill said. He said Reardon
has lived in the city for more than 20 years and
has never caused any problems.
Reardon briefly appeared in court Tuesday and
was to be released on $5,000 bail, said his attorney,
Mitchell Beers. He said Reardon had a 20-year-old
son who died of a drug overdose in February 2004,
which has been "very difficult for him and
his family," and has been on medication for
depression. Reardon, who is married and has two
other children, also underwent a heart angioplasty
last week and has been taking medication for that
condition. "He asked me to apologize to his
fans and friends," Beers said. "This
bizarre incident is completely uncharacteristic
of Jeff Reardon." He said Reardon, who made
more than $11.5 million during his career, according
to baseballreference.com, was not having financial
Bert Blyleven, Reardon's teammate on Minnesota's
1987 championship team, said he knew Reardon was
still deeply affected by his son's death. "It's
very uncharacteristic of Jeff Reardon to do what
he did," said Blyleven, now a TV analyst for
the Twins. "I've been very fortunate, and
my wife has, not to lose any of our children. I
can't imagine what he's going through in the holidays."
"Hopefully, he can get help and move forward
on his life," Blyleven added. "Thank
God no one was hurt." Reardon had a save in
the Twins' World Series victory over St. Louis.
But five years later, he gave up a two-run homer
to Toronto's Ed Sprague in the ninth inning, allowing
the Blue Jays to tie Atlanta at one game apiece.
Toronto eventually won the 1992 World Series in
The four-time All-Star was 73-77 with 367 saves
and a 3.16 ERA in 16 seasons with the New York
Mets, Montreal, Minnesota, Boston, the Atlanta
Braves, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.