Derek Lowe is fifth MLB player to be arrested for DUI this year

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Last night Derek Lowe was pulled over by police and apparently failed a field sobriety test, becoming the fifth MLB player to be arrested and charged with a DUI already this year.

Miguel Cabrera made the biggest headlines when he was arrested while driving to spring training, but Lowe also joins Austin Kearns, Adam Kennedy, and Coco Crisp in being booked for DUIs in 2011. And there are still eight months to go.

As one of my favorite national writers, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, put it on Twitter: “MLB filling in ably for the NFL during the lockout.”

I realize asking professional athletes not to drink a lot is unrealistic, but aren’t they wealthy enough and high profile enough that at least hiring a driver should be obvious at this point?