Fresno might have a baseball team and a homeless problem downtown.
But it’s never been the scene of an incident like what happened this past weekend in Salt Lake City.
A Salt Lake City homeless man attacked a baseball player with the visiting Las Vegas 51s on Saturday.
A homeless man attacked a baseball player with the visiting Las Vegas 51s on Saturday, initially demanding his wallet then hitting him over the back of his head with a tire iron.
That’s according to a Las Vegas Review Journal story, which quoted a Salt Lake police detective.
Logan Taylor, a reliever for the 51s and a prospect in the New York Mets organization, suffered a concussion during the robbery attempt.
Taylor was walking down a street when he was approached by the homeless man, 33-year-old Joshua Cruz of Salt Lake City.
Cruz was arrested Saturday in relation to the incident.
Taylor has since been placed on the disabled list. He is 1-1 with a 3.96 ERA with the 51s this season.
Salt Lake City is the home of the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees.
The Fresno Grizzlies, meanwhile, also call downtown their home, with Chukchansi Park located at the intersection of Tulare and H streets, an area that borders many nearby homeless encampments.
But there haven’t been any reports of players – both with the Grizzlies or with the visiting teams – having issues with homeless people throughout Chukchansi Park’s 15 years.
It helps that the parking lot for Grizzlies players’ cars is gated with security present.
And visiting players are provided shuttle service to and from the ballpark to their hotel.
529 to 142 Number of unsheltered chronically homeless in Fresno compared to Salt Lake City
According to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, Fresno had the nation’s highest percentage of unsheltered chronically homeless individuals at 96.6 percent of 529.
By contrast, Salt Lake City had one of the lowest percentages in the country at 2.1 percent of 142 homeless people