Awoke to the story that yet another Major League Baseball player being arrested for DUI. This time from my beloved Atlanta Braves. Judging by the few details available this morning, the charges aren't going to go away like with the Derek Lowe arrest. And still, Major League Baseball ignores that they have a DUI problem.
From David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"Braves reliever Cristhian Martinez was arrested early Monday morning in Gwinnett County on charges of DUI, according to Gwinnett County jail records. Martinez’s blood alcohol registered more than .10, according to documents."
Neither Derek Lowe nor Rafael Furcal were disciplined for their DUI arrests, the case with Cristhian Martinez will likely be similar. In these instances, players are expected to apologize to their teammates and have done so repeatedly (even Lowe, who was eventually cleared and all charged were dropped).
We have not heard from Cristhian Martinez since he was booked into the Gwinnett County jail. Though we should reserve judgement in his case until more information is available, it will be tough to excuse the .10 blood alcohol content determination.
Included in my disappointment in Martinez, a phenomenal arm that I look forward to watching pitch out of the Braves' bullpen, is my continued disappointment in Major League Baseball for ignoring this growing problem. It wouldn't matter if it were ten players per Spring Training being arrested for DUI or sixty players. What matters is that it's happening and it shouldn't be. It also shouldn't be swept under the rug and ignored by the powers that be in Major League Baseball. You would think that the League might have learned something from the steroid era in baseball, but apparently they haven't. How many of baseball's fans are young people who look to these players as heroes and idols? Far too many for baseball to let players continue to set this poor example.