A very odd story is coming out of Venezuela in which former MLB pitcher Geremi Gonzalez’ body will be exhumed as part of an investigation. Prosecutors are trying to determine if he was struck by lightning as originally thought or if he was a victim of a fatal robbery.
Authorities determined that Gonzalez, 33, died instantly when he was hit by lightning at a beach in May 2008. Investigators ruled out homicide after an autopsy blamed "an electric shock produced by natural causes."
Doubts surfaced, however, after a friend notified the family that some of Gonzalez’s belongings were being offered for sale, including a gold chain he was wearing when he died, federal police commissioner Cesar Gomez told Diario Panorama.
Nice detective work by the family friend.
Gonzalez debuted with the Cubs in 1997 with a 11-9 record. He came in ninth in the Rookie of the Year voting that year. For his career, he was 30-35 with a 4.93 ERA.