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Michael Pineda busted for DUI in Tampa

Aug 20, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

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Talk about a lost season. First the career-threatening shoulder injury now this:

Injured Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was busted for DUI in Tampa, Fla., on a busy road early this morning after a cop spotted his speeding, “weaving” Nissan SUV driving without its headlights on, cops said … The Domnican Republic native’s blood-alcohol level was found to be .128 and .125 in two separate readings, according to police records. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, and released on a $500 bond from jail shortly before noon today.

Way to go, smart guy. Sounds like he’s gonna be in two rehabs pretty soon.

(Thanks to Allison for the heads up)

  1. number42is1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Advantage – M’s

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      There should be a sliding scale on traffic fines. Getting a $200 ticket for a multimillion dollar earning baseball player is a hell of a lot different than getting a $200 ticket for a minimum wage earner.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        By the time you’re done with the legal fees, bail, etc, a typical DUI is closer to $10k, making your point even more apparent.

      • Kanonen80 - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        You would like how they roll over in Europe:

  2. randygnyc - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    They should cut his fat ass and collude with all the other MLB teams in blackballing him into oblivion. These lazy, criminal scumbags should be sacrificed in order to change the culture of pro athletes!!! F@ck you, Pineda!!!

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      Wow Randy. A little over the top don’t you think?

      • protius - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        No. Over the top would have been demanding that the Yankees trade his fat ass to the Bluejays.

        It’s the same as oblivion, only colder.

    • illegalblues - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      LOL, good troll

    • yankeesgameday - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      This is only barely more tempered than his death threat to delmon young earlier this year. let’s do something about randy, ok Craig?

    • American of African Descent - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Absolutely! Society should draw a very hard line against drinking and driving by preventing anyone convicted from the ability to pursue his chosen profession! Let’s toss all drinkers and drivers into economic peonage!

      In all seriousness, though, I do like the idea of a sliding scale for DUI fines based on wealth (as opposed to income). PJ has got it right — a few hundred dollar fine is not going to deter any millionaire from drinking and driving.

  3. daniel10017 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    The fault lies on Yankees GM Brian Cashman. The list of failed pitching acquisitions is long. The only skill Cashman has is writing the checkbook. When was the last time outside of Robinson Canoe has Cashman brought in an in-grown farm system product. ANYBODY can do his job. It would serve the Yankees for the best when the finally decide to fire him after what will be a World Series-less title season. You heard it from me: The Yankees WILL NOT win the WS for quite awhile.

    • nixonotis - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      You, sir, are officially an idiot.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Robinson Canoe is a great player – almost as good as Jefferson Kayak.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        At best, a Kyak is only good for doubles. You can go to war with a Canoe.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Edit: Kayak. Somebody below did not get the joke.

    • yournuts - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Who the heck is Robinson Canoe? It is Robinson Cano, how about Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Chien-Ming Wang, David Phelps, and Tyler Clippard. Are they chopped liver?

      • djpostl - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero, the current batch of prospects that evaluators still seem to like laced throughout the system etc…

        Yeah, just horrible work by Cashman =P

      • pdowdy83 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        Phil Hughes is inconsistent, Joba has been mostly a bust and the Nationals developed Clippard into a reliever after Cashman traded him away for a bag of balls. Not saying the troll is right but your list makes it sound like the Yankees have churned out a ton of pitching prospects and that is a pretty thin list.

    • djpostl - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Sure moron, because everyone knew he was hurt PRIOR to the trade. Oh wait…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      The list of failed pitching acquisitions is long.

      Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Paul Quantrill, Tom Gordon, Soriano, Kuroda, Garcia. Oh wait, you were talking about bad acquisitions…

    • sabatimus - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Canoeing and kayaking aside, I can unequivocally state that this post is so full of wrong, and I’m a Sox fan.

  4. icanspeel - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Good thing no one was hurt.. not only was he driving drunk, but driving recklessly while drunk.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      All drunk driving is reckless.

      • kopy - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Yes, but I’d prefer if a drunk driver had their headlights on so I have a sporting chance to get out of the way.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        Not putting the lights on when needed, or refusing to dim them for oncoming traffic, are things the police watch for as clues that a driver is drunk–besides the obvious weaving, speeding, etc.

  5. phillyphever - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    If the Montero-Pineda swap wasn’t already a bust for the Yankees, this pretty much stamped it. All I waiting now is for another Seinfeld moment like this:

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Montero has a 97 OPS+, has been moved off catcher and Noesi has been demoted to the minors. Wouldn’t exactly hold a victory parade for the Mariners just yet.

      • phillyphever - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        Still better than what the Yankees are dealing with.

  6. sawxalicious - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I bet Randy would have something different to say if it were Jeter or Sabathia getting a DUI…of course Pineda’s original sin was getting injured and being of no use to the Yanks this year…Randy would probably have him strung up for jaywalking.

  7. kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    At least he’s been keeping busy

  8. cackalackyank - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Well it is just sad what some of these guys do to themselves. I really think it would be a good idea to see if some team has a really good bat boy or equipment manager they would trade for Pineda. If this is how he responds to NOT being able to pitch, lets just imagine what will happen if he were to draw an important AL east game. …and while the topic of who knew he was injured when the trade was made…one does kind of have to wonder about the quality and thoroughness of the pre-trade physical exam that these players get.

    • nixonotis - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      “one does kind of have to wonder about the quality and thoroughness of the pre-trade physical”

      High quality, very thorough, wasn’t injured at the time. All cleared up? K.

      • cackalackyank - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:55 PM

        Of Course Dr. you would know. Thats why he’s on the DL because the physical was so thourough.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        Thats why he’s on the DL because the physical was so thourough[SIC].

        True story, no one has ever gotten hurt after taking a physical.

    • American of African Descent - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Because you’ve never had a BAC of .12 (i.e. — you’ve never been actually, as opposed to legally drunk)?

  9. cackalackyank - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    …not defending Randy. I think the key point here would be that Jeter and Sabathia (so far) do not/would not make these kind of mistakes.

  10. paperlions - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Hey, at least he wasn’t using PEDs, now that would be unforgivable. It is much worse to try to gain an advantage (however small it might be) while providing entertainment than to risk people’s lives while driving drunk. It must be. Otherwise the MLB would penalize players more than 50 games for DUI.

    DUI = 0 game suspension

    PED = 50 games

    • cackalackyank - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Now thats some serious irony…. what makes it even worse is I think one player recently added the dubious extra of using his spouse as a punching bag to go with his DUI and didn’t miss a…(oh darn) beat.

  11. ch0psuey - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a better fanbase.

  12. daniel10017 - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    To churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged: Cashman used the checkbook to get Clemens the mercenary. Remember when he addressed the Yankee crowd, sure he was blessed: they paid him $18 million for months of work. Same with Carl Pavano who was a colossal bust. What about Kai Igawa, the great import from Japan. Don’t get me started there, oh wait I’m not finished, how about the introvert Randy Johnson and the second go around of fatso David Wells. How did that work out. As I mentioned, Cashman is a joke. YOU CAN DO HIS JOB! No way in hell Cashman deserves the money he gets paid.

    • sabatimus - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      That foot must be tasting pretty good about now.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Cashman used the checkbook to get Clemens the mercenary.

      Well see, now you are moving the goal posts. First you said he’s had a long list of questionable pitching acquisitions. I showed a bunch that weren’t questionable, in fact that turned out phenomenally.

      Now you want to say he only used his checkbook to get them, and once again you’re wrong. See Clemens was acquired via trade with Toronto involving David Wells, yet you only bring up his second go round. Randy Johnson was 41 years old when the Yanks acquired him, he was the best pitcher on the staff, by far (3.79 ERA over 225IP, next closest was CMW at 4.02 with 116 or Mussina at 4.41 with 179IP).

      Would you like to go for round three?

      No way in hell Cashman deserves the money he gets paid.

      Here’s the deal, I can probably name a bad trade/signing/draftee, maybe two for every good one Cashman has done. Show me someone who has a better than 1:1 ratio. I’ll sit here waiting because I know you won’t.

      • opiedamus - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        Frank Wren……I hear crickets?!?……that’s for you, by the way, Craig!

  13. yournuts - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Daniel10017, it seems to me that you’re the joke. You’re comments make absolutely no sense.

  14. cap1378 - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    At least we got Ichiro for free!

  15. bravo116 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    you would never see Jesus do something like this. M’s got the better end of the deal.

  16. seahawksbmx - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    In other news, Montero just put a tape measure shot off the Safeco upper deck facade.

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