Troy Neel

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Troy Neel
Designated hitter / First baseman
Born: (1965-09-14) September 14, 1965 (age 49)
Freeport, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 30, 1992 for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1994 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .280
Home runs 37
Runs batted in 120

Troy Lee Neel (born September 14, 1965) is a former professional baseball player.

Early life[edit]

Neel was born in Freeport, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University before his professional baseball career.[1]


Neel played in the major leagues for the Oakland Athletics primarily as a first baseman and designated hitter from 1992 to 1994. He later had a successful baseball career in Japan for the Orix BlueWave, playing for them for six seasons from 1995 until 2000. He also played baseball in Korea.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Neel has been married at least two times.

Child support controversy[edit]

In 2000, Neel was ordered by the State of Texas to pay $5,000 a month in child support to his ex-wife who is the mother of his two children, a son and daughter.[2] Instead of paying, Neel fled the country and played baseball in Japan.

After retiring from athletics, the remarried Neel purchased a 16-acre 700,000 sq ft (65,000 m2) island in Vanuatu in the South Pacific, where he and his wife ran a 21-room resort which cost a reported $1.5 million[3] overlooking a lagoon[2] Called "the worst dead beat dad in 'the history of Texas'",[3] he owed over $725,000 in child support,[4] ultimately determined to be $778,000.[3] In 2005, a grand jury in San Antonio indicted Neel on a charge of foreign travel to evade child support obligations.[5]

His passport expired in 2008, and Vanuatu authorities forced him to leave the country. On December 11, 2008, Neel was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport by US Health and Human Services investigators after he exited a plane from Sydney, Australia; he awaited trial in San Antonio, Texas.[2] On May 7, 2009 Neel was scheduled to plead guilty in court to avoiding child support payments. Neel faced as much as two years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.[1][6]

Neel reached a one-lump settlement with his ex-wife, for $116,000 and not the $778,000 he owed,[3] a reduction of 85%. He received no jail time sentence, only probation.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kreytak, Steven (7 May 2009). "Officials: Former Austinite, big leaguer, to plead in child support case". (Cox Media Group). 
  2. ^ a b c d "Former A's 1B Neel charged in child support case". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Brill, Bob (20 April 2010). "Baseball playing dead beat dad Troy Neel still gets away with it". (Clarity Digital Group LLC). 
  4. ^ "CS Evader: Troy Neel". Child Support Evaders. Texas Attorney General. 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Big Leaguer Pleads Not Guilty In Texas Child Support Case". (San Antonio, Texas: KWTX-TV). 21 January 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cooperative Effort Reels in Texas' Most Heinous Child Support Evader" (Press release). Attorney General of Texas. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 

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