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First-round pick Bubba Starling among three Royals minor leaguers cited for underage drinking

Sep 28, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

Bubba Starling AP

Royals first-round pick Bubba Starling and two other unidentified minor leaguers were stopped at a random alcohol check and cited for underage drinking in Arizona last week, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

Dutton reports that none of the three players tested over the legal limit, but Starling is just 19 years old. He was the fifth overall pick in June’s draft and bypassed attending the University of Nebraska to sign for $7.5 million.

Royals assistant general manager for scouting and player development J.J. Picollo told Dutton that no further discipline is expected.

Here’s more from Picollo:

Our players put themselves in a bad spot. They made a poor decision in having a beer under age. It’s something most teenagers deal with, but we’re disappointed that they put themselves in this position. We’ll deal with it internally, but they did show some sense of responsibility in having someone who wasn’t drinking do the driving. We try to educate our kids from the time they sign until they get to the big leagues in what it means to be a professional athlete and how to represent the organization.

There were a total of five people in the car, but as Picollo notes the driver wasn’t drinking at all and one passenger was of legal drinking age.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Watch out, Aaron. The picture attached to this article has Bubba in shoulder pads. You know Craig’s policy on football-related crap on this site.

  2. kopy - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    If there was no drunk driving and everyone was 18 and up I officially do not care.

  3. skipperxc - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    This just in: recently-graduated high school jock caught drinking underage. Film at 11.

    • Alex K - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      In other news the say is blue.

      • foreverchipper10 - Sep 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

        Aw. Fail.

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    If I read the story right they weren’t drinking when the police stopped them and the driver was stone sober. Were the cops looking for underaged kids who just left a football game who had drank but weren’t drunk? seriously? This is how we’re spending taxpayer money now? I can’t even comprehend the rationale for this.

    They should be commended for having a driver who hadn’t drank at all. Or, if not commended for it, left the hell alone.

    • paperlions - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      That’s a good point…these under-aged kids were behaving more responsibly than many (or most) adults do.

  5. dafixisin - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Two other unidentified minor leaguers? Doesn’t anyone cross their Is and dot their Ts anymore? Underage drinking in the desert? Shocking, totally shocking!

    It’s always thirsty time in Arizona.

  6. clemsondjm - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    If this kid and others like him can join the military and die for their country at the age of 18, vote for a President and his political leaders, and be considered an adult in the legal system since he is over the age of 18, then he can have a drink of his choice. The drinking limit age of 21 is wrong and should go back to the age of 18 in this country. Until such time, this is a non-issue story and I hope he and others who do not engage in activities that cause harm to others or himself get away with drinking under age ever time.

    • schlom - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      When I first joined the Marines in 1992 the drinking age on base was 18. I can’t remember exactly when they changed it to 21 – maybe around 1995? Of course back then we didn’t make any money so I doubt that we could afford to drink off-base even if were allowed to.

  7. The Baseball Idiot - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Dayton Moore doesn’t tolerate this kind of thing. It’s not Christian behavior. Look for all of these guys to be released or traded by the end of the World Series.

    It’s more important for a GM to put his personal imprint on a team than it is too actually put a team on the field that can win.

    Because the two have some kind of correlation in his mind.

    • msgiants2010 - Sep 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Bubba Starling could out himself as a Satan worshipper and Dayton Moore still wouldn’t release him. The Royals’ statement reads to me as “we’re more annoyed that the guys got caught than that they were drinking beers”.

  8. siouxyaya17 - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Who gives a shit, he’s 19.

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