Marc Topkin reports that former Rays reliever Josh Lueke has signed with Delfines del Carmen of the Mexican League.
Lueke has been a below average relief pitcher for several years, pretty perpetually on the shuttle to and from the bigs and Triple-A. He is far more famous for once having pleaded down sexual assault charges to a false imprisonment with violence conviction and subsequently serving 42 days in jail. And for having all of that come into a more public light when one of his employers claimed not to know about his criminal past when trading for him. A claim that was not exactly credible.
As a baseball player, Lueke has been pretty worthless. As a human being, less so insofar as the acts for which he is known. He has, however, formed the basis of some pretty good discourse about just how how poorly we as a society have dealt with rape as a crime, how we have treated some rapists as something less than criminals and how we have done grave disservices to rape victims as people suffering from trauma. An excellent bit of that discourse on that can be read here.
Happy trails, Mr. Lueke.