Brandon Phillips takes the label of speedster a bit too literally. The Reds second baseman was arrested and charged with reckless driving on Friday night, according to Quan Truong of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Phillips, who turns 29 on Monday, was driving his new Audi at about 72 mph in a 35-mph zone. There was no alcohol involved and his mother was in the car with him at the time.
He was was booked into the Kenton County (OH) Jail and released about an hour
after posting $25 bond.
There’s nothing funny about behavior like this, especially when someone has so much to lose as a result of their actions, but I love the comments by deputy chief jailer Colonel Scott Colvin.
“Reckless driving, a lot of times, is truly a discretionary offense,”
Colvin said. “He was nothing but a gentleman, according to the policeman
that booked him. I love the way the guy plays baseball but he could
probably be better at driving his car.”
Phillips is scheduled to appear at Kenton
County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning.
A woman from Camden County in New Jersey has filed suit against the Milwaukee Brewers after being struck by a foul ball during batting practice two years ago at Miller Park, Jeff Goldman of NJ.com reports. According to her lawsuit, she suffered an orbital fracture to her left eye socket, nerve and iris damage, and a concussion.
The woman, Dana Morelli, was in the second row behind third base along with her fiancee and his son when she was struck by the foul ball. She had to remain in a dark room in Milwaukee before being able to safely travel home. (Sensitivity to light is a common symptom of a concussion.)
Fan safety has become a hot button topic recently. This past December, Major League Baseball issued safety recommendations but ultimately left it up to each ballpark to decide by how much to extend the netting.
Earlier this month, Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis fouled off a pitch that struck a fan. After the game, he clamored for the Phillies to increase protective netting at Citizens Bank Park to extend to the seats behind the dugout, where the fan was hit. Another fan was hit the next day and Galvis threw up his hands in frustration. While fans and owners seem to mostly be against netting, the players seem to be for it.
The Cardinals have placed starter Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, with shingles. Which: ugh. Anyone I’ve ever known who has had it wouldn’t wish it on their worst enemy.
Leake was diagnosed with the virus last week and had to be scratched from his scheduled start Saturday versus the Athletics. There is no timetable for Leake’s return. Leake is 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA in 25 starts for the Cardinals. Poor dude.