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Padres pitcher caught crawling through doggie door at someone else’s house, police say

Padres pitcher Jacob Nix during rehab start with double-A Amarillo in 2019.
Padres pitcher Jacob Nix made a rehab start with double-A Amarillo in the playoffs in 2019.
(John Moore / Amarillo Sod Poodles)

Police arrested San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix after he was accused of breaking into a suburban Phoenix home through a doggie door and was shot with a Taser by the homeowner.

Nix, a former Los Alamitos pitching standout who is facing two counts of criminal trespassing, was released this week from the Maricopa County jail on $100 bond.

Charging documents indicate the 23-year-old Nix was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs during Sunday’s incident.

“This is my fault, I can’t blame alcohol but I was inebriated,” Nix told police.

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Police say Nix tried to crawl through the doggie door of a Peoria home shortly before 4 a.m.

The homeowner discovered Nix and kicked him in the face.

According to the complaint, Thomas Cosgrove, a minor league pitcher for the Padres, was there and pulled Nix out of the door. The homeowner fired his Taser, hitting Nix in the back.

The documents indicate Nix told responding officers he thought he was entering his house.

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But he would not elaborate when asked why he tried to go inside when his own house has no doggie door.

The Padres said in a statement Thursday that the team is aware of the incident and has been in contact with authorities and the commissioner’s office.

Online court records show Nix does not yet have an attorney. He has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for Oct. 16.

Nix started nine games for the Padres in 2018 before spending last season rehabbing an elbow injury. He is currently playing for the Peoria Javelinas, an Arizona Fall League team.


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