Dodgers: Former pitcher Charles Haeger a suspect in ex-girlfriend’s murder

Thomas Carannante
May 22, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A detail view of Los Angeles Dodgers helmet lays in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
May 22, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A detail view of Los Angeles Dodgers helmet lays in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Former Dodgers pitcher Charles Haeger is a suspect at-large.

Charles Haeger is being sought by police in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Scottsdale Police Department say they have probable cause to arrest the 37-year-old on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault.

The victim’s roommate told police that he heard gunshots at their residence shortly after he got hom, and then saw Haeger exit the victim’s bedroom with a handgun. Haeger then pointed the gun at the roommate, who was able to escape and get a neighbor to call 911, according the police. When authorities arrived at the scene, the victim was found dead in the bedroom.

Haeger’s car was then discovered abandoned near Flagstaff, Arizona, which is almost two hours north of Scottsdale.

The former MLB pitcher spent time at the big league level with the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-2010 after being drafted in 2001. He also played in the minor league systems of the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.

Haeger, a knuckleballer, had a very short career and finished with a 6.40 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 34 games, which explains why he never caught on with either of those three teams. Since then, he’s remained involved in baseball, and was recently named the pitching coach for the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate back in January. Before that he was the assistant pitching coordinator for the Rays.

The status of his most recent position is unknown. He was employed shortly before the pandemic engulfed the United States, and as we saw, many MLB teams cut or furloughed minor league staff in an attempt to cut costs. With no minor league season in 2020, it’s quite possible Haeger was among those let go.

Haeger’s ex-girlfriend, Danielle Breed, was 34 years old.

At the moment, police say the former pitcher should be considered “armed and dangerous.” Stay tuned for further updates.

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