JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Florida International University star Garrett Wittels, whose 56-game hitting streak earlier this year electrified the college baseball world, was one of five men arrested in the Bahamas on Dec. 20 and charged with raping two 17-year-old girls.

The men, friends from the Miami area, allegedly met the girls at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Paradise Island.

Wittels’ father, a Miami area orthopedist, told the Miami Herald that the girls willingly went to the men’s hotel room and later claimed rape only after learning Wittels was a baseball star.

“Anyone can accuse anyone of anything at any time,” Michael Wittels told the Herald. “He’s not doing well, obviously. He’s blown away. He’s devastated that someone would accuse him of this.”

Wittels was released on bond pending a preliminary hearing set for April. The 20-year-old infielder is expected to resume his hunt for the consecutive-game hitting record in February, when Florida International begins its new season. The NCAA Division 1 record is 58 games, held by Robin Ventura.


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