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Derek Lowe: Atlanta Braves Pitcher Arrested for DUI, Other Charges

It is not a good time to be Derek Lowe right now.

Lowe, a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, was arrested last night after police pulled him over and smelled alcohol, according to

The pitcher refused a sobriety test, so the police took him into custody and had his car thrown in the impound lot, eventually charging him with DUI, reckless driving and an improper lane change. Lowe posted bond and is now out of jail.

Needless to say, this is the last thing Lowe and the Braves wanted. The veteran pitcher is a major part Atlanta’s rotation, and this is a needless distraction during a season.

Furthermore, for Lowe to be that drunk at 10 p.m. is a little disturbing. It’s simply irresponsible to put himself in a situation like that, especially when he’s slated to pitch Sunday.

However, this isn’t the first time Lowe has been linked to alcohol and excess.

Per Kevin Roderick of

Trinka Lowe alleged in her deposition that the pitcher’s agent, Scott Boras, suggested an “intervention” to deal with the player’s drinking and told her the Red Sox did not re-sign Lowe after the 2004 season because of his alcohol problem. In his deposition, Derek Lowe acknowledged that the Red Sox thought he had a drinking issue but that he disagreed.

According to Fineman, Trinka Lowe said the alcohol issue got so bad when Boston was in the playoffs in 2004 that bullpen catcher Dana Lavangie phoned her at home in Fort Meyers, Florida “and told me that I needed to come up to Boston because Derek was falling apart….He was depressed. They had taken him out of the starting rotation. He was in the bullpen. They told him pretty much he wasn’t going to touch the baseball for any of the playoffs.”

Lowe would get drunk last season in the Dodgers clubhouse with clubhouse manager Dave Dickinson, Trinka contends. Dickinson told Fineman “he would drink with Lowe occasionally after games, but not every night. And he also said he did not see Lowe get drunk in the clubhouse.”

It’s clear now that he has to get help for himself.

Lowe simply cannot be living like this anymore because now he’s not just risking his own life, he’s putting others in dangers as well.

If he doesn’t get help for this issue, it’s going to consume him and cut short what has been a very underrated career. It’s sad to see it come to this, and you have to wonder what the Braves are going to do about this very delicate situation.

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MLB Rumors: Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford and More Winter Meetings News

MLB rumors are among the biggest sports stories this time of year, and with the winter meetings taking place, it’s usually a hotbed of activity between teams and free agents. The trade market also heats up as teams look to ditch some players they don’t think they can keep after their contracts expire.

We’ve already seen two big trades, with Adrian Gonzalez heading to the Boston Red Sox and Mark Reynolds heading East as well to join the Baltimore Orioles.

There’s talk about Cliff Lee’s market heating up today, with a lot of rumors around that this morning. We’ll cover all you need to know and, as always, there’s no need to refresh as the updates will come straight to you.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them below.


For more on baseball’s hot stove, be sure to check out MLB Rumors: The Top 50 Players Who Could Be on New Teams Next Year.

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Roy Halladay Unanimous Vote for 2010 National League Cy Young Award

Roy Halladay was named the winner of the NL Cy Young award and he received all 32 first place votes.

Halladay is the fifth pitcher in the history of baseball to win the Cy Young award in both the American and National leagues. It was the obvious choice and one the writers made correctly. Halladay was the best pitcher in the National League and one of the best in all of baseball.

Inside is a recap of Halladay’s season and the runners up for the award.

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Derek Jeter: Why He Doesn’t Deserve Epic New Deal From New York Yankees

Derek Jeter is a free agent and now the New York Yankees have to go about the business of re-signing their iconic shortstop.

Hal Steinbrenner has already come out and said that the negotiations could get ugly and Jeter is going to command a hefty price tag, despite his poor performance this past season. The Yankees really cannot afford a public relations nightmare by letting him leave and Jeter has the upper hand.

Inside are 10 reasons why Jeter should not get the type of deal he’s looking for from the Yankees.

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MLB Rumors: Trades, Free Agent Moves, Injuries and More

As we wind down the final few games of the 2010 MLB season, there are plenty of things to focus on, regardless of who you root for.

Here’s what to keep an eye on this season: injuries, possible trades, and where future free agents might be headed.

I’ll be updating this post for a bit so no need to refresh as the updates come directly to you.

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