|Designated hitter / First baseman|
September 14, 1965 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|May 30, 1992 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 11, 1994 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Runs batted in||120|
Troy Lee Neel (born September 14, 1965) is a former professional baseball player.
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.
Neel has been married at least two times.
Child support controversy
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. 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 overlooking a lagoon Called "the worst dead beat dad in 'the history of Texas'", he owed over $725,000 in child support, ultimately determined to be $778,000. In 2005, a grand jury in San Antonio indicted Neel on a charge of foreign travel to evade child support obligations.
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. 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.
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- "Former A's 1B Neel charged in child support case". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Brill, Bob (20 April 2010). "Baseball playing dead beat dad Troy Neel still gets away with it". Examiner.com (Clarity Digital Group LLC).
- "CS Evader: Troy Neel". Child Support Evaders. Texas Attorney General. 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
- "Ex-Big Leaguer Pleads Not Guilty In Texas Child Support Case". KWTX.com (San Antonio, Texas: KWTX-TV). 21 January 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "Cooperative Effort Reels in Texas' Most Heinous Child Support Evader" (Press release). Attorney General of Texas. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference