On Monday we noted that Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese was charged with DWI. We didn’t know then just how drunk he was. The answer: really, really drunk:
Cardinals third baseman David R. Freese was driving with a blood
alcohol level of 0.232 — almost three times the legal limit in Missouri
— when he was arrested over the weekend, according to a police report
He told the arresting officer that he had consumed seven beers, and was
driving from downtown to his home near Lafayette High School in west
St. Louis County.
If he admitted to seven beers, the real number — at least if human nature is any guide — was probably a lot higher. No matter the case, 0.232 is pretty nutso, especially for a big strong athlete. Nutso enough to cause the Cardinals to have to reconsider handing him the third base job is uncertain, but I suppose we’ll know fairly soon.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Major League Baseball has banned all transactions with Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB), popularly known as the Mexican League. As of now, all 30 teams are prohibited from signing players under contract with LMB teams. The ban was issued due to Major League Baseball’s contention that “corruption” and “fraud” run rampant in the player acquisition process.
Passan describes the issues in detail, and they sound pretty compelling. The upshot: LMB clubs — which have full control over their players — are taking advantage of them, taking most if not all of the signing bonuses MLB teams give them after negotiating for their rights. Mexican teams often sign players when they’re 15 years-old so that, once they are old enough for American teams to approach them, they’re in the position to take a usurious cut.
Passan says Major League Baseball is demanding greater transparency from LMB before it’s willing to lift the ban. He also says that the MLBPA is in “lockstep” with Major League Baseball on the matter, which makes sense given that, if MLB’s claims are accurate, players are being exploited here. He also says that if LMB does not change its ways, there is a “Plan B,” though it’s not clear what that is.
There aren’t a ton of Mexican players signed by MLB teams each year, but there are enough to make this a significant issue that is worth watching.