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Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller suspended for violating team policy

Aug 16, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

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One of the game’s top pitching prospects is in some hot water.

According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have suspended prospect right-hander Shelby Miller for a “violation of team policy.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wouldn’t go into any specifics other than to say that the incident occurred in the past week. However, Hummel hears from multiple sources that there was some sort of an altercation at a Springfield apartment complex involving alcohol. Sources also tell him that this is the second such incident involving the 20-year-old Miller.

Mozeliak said that he doesn’t expect the suspension to be a long one and Miller will likely make another start before the minor league season comes to a close. Hopefully Miller will not make the same mistake again, but Tony La Russa is probably already dreaming up ways to eventually trade him for three left-handed specialists and a utility infielder.

Miller, a 2009 first-round pick, has a 2.93 ERA and 152/47 K/BB ratio in 122 2/3 innings over 22 starts between High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield this season. Baseball America recently ranked him as the game’s No. 7 prospect on their midseason list.

  1. robertterwilliger - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    an altercation involving alcohol? i’m surprised la russa didn’t have him promoted.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    It’s all LaRussa’s fault, everything is – he’s the reason for the downfall of the American economy for cryin’ out loud..


    Moving on…

    Like it or not, 20 year old kids do indeed drink – and do stupid shit.

    Apologize, serve the suspension and if given the opportunity, finish the season strong.

    • paperlions - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:05 PM

      Like fall asleep in running vehicles that are in gear while drunk at stop lights?

      • The Baseball Idiot - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:51 AM

        Good to know you’re a perfect man, paperlions, and you’ve never made a mistake in your life.

        While you’re out walking on water, put in a good word for the rest of us with the Big Guy.

      • paperlions - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM

        I thought you already knew I was perfect.

        You missed the point, as usual.

        Falcon and the Cardinals organization are applying different standards to different people, and, as usual misapplying them in the worst way you can….by holding “leaders” less responsible than others. LaRussa received no suspension from the Cardinals, there wasn’t even a public response….the organization ignored it. Indeed, based on the descriptions of the event, it seems that LaRussa was (and perhaps still does) regularly drive home drunk after having too much wine with his dinner. Shelby Miller wasn’t even arrested (that has been reported) and he is suspended “indefinitely”, putatively for under-aged drinking.

        Which is the worse lapse in judgement, a 20 yr old drinking or a 62 yr old driving drunk (apparently on a regular basis)? Which sets a worse example? If you are going to apply rules and evaluate behavior, the least you can do is be consistent, the best you can do is evaluate within context and hold those that should be responsible leaders to the higher standards they purport to represent.

  3. spudchukar - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Both Duncan and LaRussa have praised Miller repeatedly, so you are just dead wrong D.J.. I had heard he had a start pushed back, and am relieved to find out it was due to misbehavior, not injury. Not to excuse Miller, cause I know nothing about the altercation, but I do know this, Springfield is in the heart of red-necked, bible-thumping country, where any sin is dealt with the greatest of scrutiny. Recently, Keith Law ranked him as the #2 prospect in all of baseball.

    • D.J. Short - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:10 PM

      It’s a joke.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:36 PM

        What’s a joke? I think the notion that they are going to trade him for 3 lefty specialists and a utility infielder is pretty obviously a facetious statement. So, were you joking about him getting in trouble? Am I missing something? That is entirely possible as I am rather tired this evening.

      • D.J. Short - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:44 PM

        I believe he is referencing the trade idea. As you say, clearly facetious. I’m sure La Russa loves the guy.

      • spudchukar - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:48 PM

        It’s old.

    • hittfamily - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:03 PM

      “Springfield is in the heart of red-necked, bible-thumping country, where any sin is dealt with the greatest of scrutiny”

      Reverend Lovejoy will straighten him out.

    • paperlions - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Man, spud, you need to get out more…there are plenty of places that are far more red-necked and bible thumping than Springfield, MO.

      • spudchukar - Aug 16, 2011 at 10:11 PM

        It is the home of the Assembly of God church. Sure it has a University(sort of), but it is no place to get in trouble. My brother went to school there, so I am fairly familiar with the area. Plus I lived, in Washington, Mo for years and have spent plenty of time in the Springfield area, and I will stick to my guns.

      • paperlions - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:13 PM

        I’m not saying Springfield doesn’t register on the bible-thump-o-meter, just that there are plenty of places in Oklahoma, west Texas, and much of the Southeast that are at least as high on that scale and probably much higher. Until 2 years ago, a town of over 200,000 people in west Texas did not have liquor stores or allow the sale of carry out alcohol within the city limits.

  4. paperlions - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    I’m stealing this one from another board, can’t take credit for it, but it is too funny not to share.

    There is a rumor that the incident involved Miller being caught playing catch with his dad.

    • grizz2202 - Aug 17, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      Hahahahaha!! Comment of the day! 😀

  5. The Baseball Idiot - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Springfield, Missouri. Home of Bass Pro Sports.

    If that doesn’t scream redneck, I’ll spit my tobacco out.

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