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MLB: Mike Leake’s arrest is “a club issue”

Apr 19, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

Mike Leake

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Major League Baseball is not commenting on Mike Leake‘s arrest at this point, calling it “a club issue.” At least “as of now.”

Which I like. If this was the NFL Leake would be fined a gajillion dollars and then a bunch of new rules would be promulgated banning players from going to Macy’s stores.  At least baseball is content to let the process proceed before it does anything. Probably because MLB is a bit better at treating its players like adult human beings than the other leagues do.

Anyway, the process proceeds today, when Leake makes his first court appearance.  Wild guess: but I put 2-1 odds on Leake’s attorney announcing that his client has entered some sort of rehab/counseling thingy before the end of the week. It’s just how these things tend to go these days. And, in Leake’s case, may be necessary. Because I still can’t fathom a rational and fully-functioning person in his position swiping stuff like he was caught doing.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    So how long do you think it will be before MLB declares that petty shoplifting is a banned activity? Do you think maybe Bud Light will convene a task force to study the problem and deliver a report sometime after evolution has absorbed the little bones in our asses?

    • BC - Apr 19, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      I think we need a Congressional hearing on this.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM

        Oh boy. Let’s just go with absorbing the vestigial coccyx. You get congress involved and we’ll still be here when our embryos skip their gilled phase.

    • isdtyrant - Apr 19, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      Given recent history, these legal proceedings will wrap up sometime in the year 2017.

  2. Kanonen80 - Apr 19, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Maybe it was some kind of hazing activity? Like younger players have to go into Macy’s and steal two Hannah Montana t-shirts or something dumb like that?

  3. heyblueyoustink - Apr 19, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Sigh, I wonder if “shoplifter” is Asterisk worthy

  4. metalhead65 - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    as a lawyer I know you want threse things to drag out as long as possible but since they have him on tape pulling the tags off then leaving the store what possible defense is there for it? as a reds fan I am disgusted by this and feel he should be suspended without pay untill the case is resolved. don’t they have clauses for conduct detrimental to the team in contracts? how is getting arrested not detrimental to the team? suspending him does not mean he is guilty it just means they don’t want him around untill the case is resolved. but since they need all the pitching they can get and they have all the money for the best defense something tells me he gets a slap on the wrist and a ban on shopping at macey’s for awhile.

  5. saints97 - Apr 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Geez, Craig, you seem to have an inferiority complex with regard to the NFL. You do great work, but it just comes off as lame when you try to convince your readers that MLB is better than the NFL. What difference does it make?

    • pellypell - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      I don’t think this comes across as an inferior complex, I think his point is the MLB brass understand one can be arrested and not be guilty and their players deserve due process. Not to say you can compare dog fighting, sticking your unwanted junk in some drunk girl in a bathroom, or bucking shots after making it rain outside a strip club to ripping off a few Ed Hardy Tshirts.

      • saints97 - Apr 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        If it is not a complex (Craig regularly crowbars in why baseball only seems to lag behind the NFL in revenue and popularity), why mention the NFL at all? Do you think that NFL has EVER announced a fine or new rules less than 24 hours after a story broke of a player getting arrested? Of course not, but that wasn’t Craig’s point at all. Even though we haven’t had time at all to see how this plays out or what MLB will do, for some reason Craig decided it would be a good idea to trumpet this case, which we still know nothing about, as to why MLB is better than the NFL.

        But of course it has nothing to do with an inferiority complex at all.

  6. pellypell - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    A very exclusive club, I might add. He just joined Winona Ryder, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Capriati and a few others that make enough money to pay for things, but decide to steal them.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    The proper club would be a 4-iron to the forehead.

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