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    Question Baseball players who have gotten in trouble with the law

    More recently, I can think of Scott Spiezio and Jim Leyritz. Others that obviously come to mind are Denny McClain, LaMarr Hoyt, Dwight Gooden, Ferguson Jenkins and Vida Blue. But who are some others?
    Holding a pitcher accountable for how many runs his team scores is like holding the designated hitter accountable for how many runs his team allows.

    An individual statistic is meaningful only if it is based strictly on what the player does and not on what the other players on his team do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BiZmaRK View Post
    More recently, I can think of Scott Spiezio and Jim Leyritz. Others that obviously come to mind are Denny McClain, LaMarr Hoyt, Dwight Gooden, Ferguson Jenkins and Vida Blue. But who are some others?
    Orlando Cepeda also had drug-related legal issues. Gerry Priddy, I believe, was involved in a plane hijacking. Darryl Strawberry had drug and tax-related issues. Pete Rose went to jail for tax issues.

    In the book Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio, one of the featured players was serving a jail sentence at the time he was interviewed for the book. Off hand, i can't remember who that was.
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    Jose Canseco got a speeding ticket.

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    How could we forget about Jose Offerman

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    Holding a pitcher accountable for how many runs his team scores is like holding the designated hitter accountable for how many runs his team allows.

    An individual statistic is meaningful only if it is based strictly on what the player does and not on what the other players on his team do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
    In the book Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio, one of the featured players was serving a jail sentence at the time he was interviewed for the book. Off hand, i can't remember who that was.
    It may have been Gerry Priddy.

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    Kevin Mitchell? Didn't he beat his own father?
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    Former Detroit Tiger pinch hitter deluxe, Gates Brown, served a year in prison (1958-59) for burglary at an Ohio facility (Gates was 19 when he committed the crime). Gates came up with Detroit in 1963 - and hit a HR in his first major league at-bat.

    Many years later, while Gates was still on the Tigers, outfielder Ron Leflore was sentenced to 5-15 for armed robbery before his career in baseball. He served 3 1/2 years of his term (Ron had been in and out of reformatories prior to that sentence). Billy Martin scouted him playing in a prison league in Michigan. He was signed to a contract and paroled in 1973 - Leflore was called up to the Tigers in 1974 and became a mainstay leadoff man for six seasons, leading the AL in stolen bases in 1978. He was shipped to the Expos in 1980 and led the NL with 97 swipes. He played a couple of years with the Chisox and his career was over.

    Dream come true - a movie called "One in a Million" was made about him with Lavar Burton as the star.

    Ron was arrested a couple of times after his playing career for failure to appear on warrants - he was negligent in his child support payments.

    Leflore was only 33 when his career ended. He made the huge mistake of hammering ChiSox manager, Tony LaRussa publically about not playing him enough. After the 1982 season, he never played big league ball again..........sort of, blackballed. He hit .287 as a platoon player his last season in the AL.

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    Dave Stewart was arrested in 1985 for soliciting a prostitute of the transvestite variety.

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    How about Bobby Cox? Wasn't he arrested for beating up his wife once?
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    Wally Backman lost his job as the Manager of the Diamondbacks (a job he held for about five days) due to financial and legal trouble including a DUI and a Domestic Altercation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetsFan11368 View Post
    How about Bobby Cox? Wasn't he arrested for beating up his wife once?
    Sometimes, the wife does the damage. In 1970, Jimmy Wynn and his wife, Ruth, got into an argument shortly after celebrating their 7th wedding Anniversary. Wynn wound up getting stabbed in the gut by Ruth, but refused to press charges, citing he was responsible for the argument.

    Jimmy's teammate in Houston, Cesar Cedeno had some major run-ins with the law. In Dec-1973 a woman was killed in an apartment he was in when she took his gun and proceeded to point it at her head. According to Cedeno (and the results of the "investigation" by police in the D.R.), he tried to take the gun from her and it went off. Anyway, he was charged with involuntary manslaughter and.....fined 100 dollars. He later attacked a fan for riding him about the incident and was fined. Many people think the investigation in the D.R. was not conducted properly and was tainted - and that Cedeno actually got away with murder because he was a baseball star.

    n 1988 he was arrested for beating up the mother of his child (she wasn't his wife). In the 80's Cesar was arrested more than once for assaults (including attacking another fan), DUI's, etc.

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    There was Jungle Jim Rivera, who, while serving in the Army, was convicted of attempting to rape an officer's daughter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Jaw View Post
    Sometimes, the wife does the damage. In 1970, Jimmy Wynn and his wife, Ruth, got into an argument shortly after celebrating their 7th wedding Anniversary. Wynn wound up getting stabbed in the gut by Ruth, but refused to press charges, citing he was responsible for the argument.

    Jimmy's teammate in Houston, Cesar Cedeno had some major run-ins with the law. In Dec-1973 a woman was killed in an apartment he was in when she took his gun and proceeded to point it at her head. According to Cedeno (and the results of the "investigation" by police in the D.R.), he tried to take the gun from her and it went off. Anyway, he was charged with involuntary manslaughter and.....fined 100 dollars. He later attacked a fan for riding him about the incident and was fined. Many people think the investigation in the D.R. was not conducted properly and was tainted - and that Cedeno actually got away with murder because he was a baseball star.

    n 1988 he was arrested for beating up the mother of his child (she wasn't his wife). In the 80's Cesar was arrested more than once for assaults (including attacking another fan), DUI's, etc.
    Don't forget Chuck Finley.
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    Troy Neel

    In 2000, Neel was ordered by the State of Texas to pay $5000 a month in child support to his ex-wife and mother of his two children. Instead of paying, Neel fled the country, remarried, and purchased a small island in Vanuatu, where he and his new wife run a 21-room resort overlooking a lagoon. He now owes over $725,000 in child support. 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 U.S. Health and Human Services investigators after he got off a plane from Sydney, Australia; he awaits trial in San Antonio, Texas.

    In 2005, a grand jury in San Antonio indicted Neel on a charge of foreign travel to evade child support obligations. Neel, is accused of leaving the U.S. to avoid paying more than $725,000 in child support in Texas. Neel remains in federal custody in San Antonio.

    On May 7, 2009 Neel was scheduled to plead guilty in court to avoiding over $700,000 in child support payments. Neel now faces as much as two years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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    How about John D'Acquisto and John Montefusco. Didn't each of them have legal problems?
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    Duke Snider - tax cheater

    Delmon Young - beating umps with bat

    Dmitri young - drugs and wife beating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackout View Post
    Delmon Young - beating umps with bat
    Young should have had an umpire like Tim Hurst (early 20th Century - known for whipping the tar out of players who argued with him after the game).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdTarbusz View Post
    It may have been Gerry Priddy.
    Actually, it was Pedro Ramos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Jaw View Post
    Young should have had an umpire like Tim Hurst (early 20th Century - known for whipping the tar out of players who argued with him after the game).
    Did he storm the clubhouse first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinese home run View Post
    Actually, it was Pedro Ramos.
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    1948 St. Louis Browns' pitcher Ralph "Blackie" Schwamb was convicted of murder in 1949 and spent essentially the rest of his life in prison.

    And then former AL 2-time batting champ Ferris Fain was in trouble with the law in his middle age for growing marijuana......

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    I believe that Ed Bouchee was convicted of a sex crime. One of his Topps cards was pulled because of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdTarbusz View Post
    I believe that Ed Bouchee was convicted of a sex crime. One of his Topps cards was pulled because of this.
    Bouchee played five years after the 1958 charges - the Phillies suspended him for about 2-3 months for off field charges of indecent exposure to young women. He was given "treatment" for it. He played full seasons until 1962, when the Mets sent him down to the minors. He quit baseball after playing a season in AAA in 1963.

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    Sam Crane the Younger is the only ML player I know of other than Schwamb who has been convicted of a homicide, but I may be missing somebody. There was a black player (Dave Brown?) who became a fugitive on a murder charge and was not seen again.

    There have been more heinous criminals in baseball but i think few more enterprising or active than Harry Decker, contract jumper, passer of bad checks, bigamist and seducer, horse thief and counterfeiter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetsFan11368 View Post
    How about Bobby Cox? Wasn't he arrested for beating up his wife once?
    No. He pulled his wife's hair during an argument when both had been drinking. she called the cops on him. As I understood it, she called the cops more because she was mad at him than for the hir pulling. Not even sure she pressed charges against Bobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE OX View Post

    And then former AL 2-time batting champ Ferris Fain was in trouble with the law in his middle age for growing marijuana......
    the only crime being commited here is the US Government not allowing the man to smoke

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