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Mets Police Decade In Review: Time for MLB to get serious about drunk driving


This week I'm going through the archives for a look back at some old articles...this one seems like a good reminder for EVERYONE tonight.   From April 12th 2009, Dan tells MLB it's time to get serious about drunk driving.

Last week, 22 year old Nick Adenhart was killed in Los Angeles when another 22 year old, driving under the influence, drove his van into the car Nick was in. People shook their heads, said things like "he was just a kid," and MLB mourned his loss.

Last October, 23 year old Joba Chamberlain was arrested in Nebraska for driving under the influence. People shook their heads, said things like "he's a kid," but neither MLB nor the Yankees did anything.

Last year, 35 year old former Angel Scott Spiezio pled guilty to DUI and hit-and-run charges.

In February, former Yankee Jim Leyritz was jailed in connection to a DUI case where he is being charged with vehicular manslaughter.

In April 2007, Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock, driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, was killed when he ran his Ford Explorer into teh back of a flat bed truck.

In March 2007, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa was arrested for DUI in Florida.

In Ocober 2008, Colorado reliever Luis Vizcaino was arrested for driving under the influence in Tampa after driving 71 in a 45 mph zone.

In October 2007, Tampa Bay's pitching coach was arrested on DUI charges after rear-ending a car near Tropicana Field.

In March 2007, Toronto pitcher Gustavo Chacin was arrested for drunk driving in Tampa.

These were just examples I found after a 5 minute Google search - in other words these were the easy ones.

But is baseball doing anything? Is Bud Selig doing anything?


Bud is too busy thinking about maybe punishing Alex Rodriguez for doing steroids.

Baseball now has tough penalties for steroid and drug use. Yet when it comes to alcohol abuse they continue to look the other way.

Don't get me wrong, steroids are a problem - but obviously alcohol abuse among players is a problem. And really always has been, going back to Babe Ruth. The difference is that steroids have never killed innocent bystanders - alcohol abuse has.

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