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Former Yankees No. 1 overall pick Brien Taylor sentenced to 38 months in prison for selling crack

Nov 7, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

Brien Taylor mugshot

Brian Taylor, the former No. 1 overall pick and one-time elite Yankees pitching prospect, has been sentenced to 38 months in prison for distributing crack cocaine.

Taylor, who’s now 40 years old, was arrested in March after undercover police bought what the Associated Press describes as “a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him” during a multiple-month period. He plead guilty in August.

Taylor got a $1.55 million signing bonus in 1991 and was considered the best pitching prospect in baseball before he suffered significant shoulder injuries during a fist fight. He missed the entire 1994 season and was never the same, failing to reach the majors.

  1. kkolchak - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    The original Elijah Dukes.

  2. 13arod - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    people are so stuiped these days!!

  3. rickhigginshtbro - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    does this raise the value of his RC from $.05 to $.06?

    • dcfan4life - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:33 AM

      Only if its signed…

  4. denny65 - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Well, look at it this way, some federal prison men’s softball team has just been picked to finish first in their, uh, limited (no road trips)league next season.

  5. pisano - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    The guys a loser.

  6. badintent - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    MLB should do what NBA does, have a mandatory class on how to handle the $$$, fame, hoes, etc. None of us here have a clue at 19 what to do with $1+ million dollars. At the very least, the pro leagues should make half the bonus $$ go into a annuity so the $$ is there for them 10, 20 years later.

  7. clevername1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:09 PM


    That was funny. As soon as I saw the name, I thought about how many Brien rookie cards I have. That made me want to dig through the collection and see what I would find. But another beer sounded better.

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