Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez and his family were in an SUV that was struck by a stolen police cruiser Saturday afternoon in Miami, police said.
The Braves confirmed Sunday that Rodriguez, his wife Giselle and their two young children were inside a Chevrolet Suburban that was T-boned by the cruiser in West Miami around 1:45 p.m. Saturday. Miami-Dade police said the man who stole the vehicle died in the crash.
The cruiser was engulfed in flames during the wreck, police said.
Rodriguez, a Miami native, signed with the Braves this offseason.
The 31-year-old has played for three teams over nine MLB seasons.
Instead of staying at a hotel in Center City as it would normally do, the team has taken up residence across the border in Wilmington, Del., because the NFL has booked all the fanciest rooms in Philadelphia proper, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Marlins, who were in Seattle and San Diego before here, have to stay in Wilmington, Del., because the NFL booked all rooms in Philly.
There is a precedent for the unusual move. When rain interrupted Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays were forced to vacate their hotel in Philadelphia and ended up at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.