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Yankee executive arrested for DUI

Mar 10, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

Mark Newman, the Yankees’ senior vice president of baseball operations was arrested for DUI on Monday night.  No blood alcohol level was available because Newman refused to blow the breathalyzer. Which is a pretty interesting area of the law if anyone cares about such things, but I’ll leave that for another day.

You’ll recall — or not — that the Yankees had another executive get a DUI a few years back. It was Steve Swindal, who was (a) married to George Steinbrenner’s daughter; and (b) was considered to be The Boss’ successor at the helm of the S.S. Yankee once he stepped down.  That didn’t happen, obviously. Whether the DUI itself or his falling out and subsequent divorce from the young Miss Steinbrenner had more to do with that is unknown, but most things in a person’s life are connected in some way.

No idea what this means for Newman, who has been with the Yankees for many, many years and has spent most of his time in player development.  Given that, in my own personal opinion, drunk driving is one of the more irresponsible things a person can do in this world, my hope is that they throw the book, some metal pipes, some CC Sabathia fastballs, a few ninja stars, and an angry badger at him.

Should he be convicted, of course.

  1. Aaron Moreno - Mar 10, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Out CA way, refusal to take the test gets you a one year license suspension, no questions asked. Two and you’re banned for life. You can elect to take the blood test over the breath test, but if you just say, “I refuse to take the breath test,” they treat it as a blanket refusal. Rough stuff.

  2. Moses Green - Mar 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Ooooh – they should let CC throw angry badgers at him in private at the Tampa Compound, then announce publicly that discipline was “handled internally.”

  3. RobRob - Mar 10, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    I, for one, would like to know more about this interesting area of the law. Perhaps a quick run-down in the comments?

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