Dukes is at it Again…

June 14, 2007 at 12:12 pm 4 comments

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According to Abbie VanSickle of the Tampa Bay Times a teen who lived in the foster care of a relative of Rays OF Elijah Dukes has told police the Rays outfielder got her pregnant.

Detectives believe the sex was consensual and no crime was committed, but the incident has prompted a state review of the foster home. The girl was 17 when she became pregnant, but has since turned 18 and left the foster home.

The inquiry took place in late May, days before a judge barred Dukes from contacting his estranged wife.

The girl, who expects to give birth in November, told investigators she and Dukes had sonsentual sex but Dukes got angry when she confronted him about the pregnancy.

Chris Costello, spokesman for the Rays, said the team would have no official comment, and niether would Dukes. – TBT

This just disgusts me. I’m tired of hearing about Dukes, and I’m even more tired of seeing him play in the Rays outfield. The Washington Nationals have expressed a lot of interest in Dukes and I think the Rays should pull the trigger on a trade even if it’s for a bucket of batting practice baseballs.

Dukes has been out of the lineup for two days and has been dealing with “personal issues”. Delmon Young has stared both games in CF but has expressed he would rather be in RF.


– Rays placed 2B/CF B.J. Upton on the 15-day DL. “It’s been getting better every day,” Upton said after the Devil Rays lost 9-0 to the San Diego Padres. “Take a week or so off and see how it feels.” “The MRI revealed that he needed a little bit of rest,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re just concerned about the long haul, pushing him right now. It just wasn’t necessary. We thought it was better to shut him down for right now.” The Rays called up OF Jonny Gomes to take his place on the roster.

– Finally, what all Brewer fans were waiting for: Yovanni Gallardo got the call up to the Majors. Gallardo, 21, is 8-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 13 starts for Triple-A Nashville, and he leads all of Minor League Baseball with 110 strikeouts. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, if the Brewers can avoid using him out of the bullpen this weekend in Minnesota, Gallardo would make his Major League debut Monday against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park.

– On the downside for Brewers fans though Chris Capuano got hurt warming up in the bullpen before Wednesday’s game.

– Cubs optioned OF Matt Murton to AAA. I am not a fan of this move at all!

– Philles closer Tom Gordon could be back by the end of the month.

– Rays CF/DH Rocco Baldelli is currently in extended spring training and could be back by the end of next week.

– Orioles starting pitcher Adam Lowen is out for the year.

– Bud Selig may be giving Yankees DH Jason Giambi a bit of a suspension.

– Marlins reliever Henry Owens is going back on the DL.

-Dodgers fired hitting coach Eddie Murray and named Bill Mueller interim hitting coach. I love the idea of Mueller being a hitting coach. If he doesn’t take over full-time look for him to get a gig as a hitting coach with someone is the next few years.

– The Royals purchased the contract of INF Fernando Cortez and optioned OF Shane Costa to Omaha (AAA). Cotrez is the forgotten man in the Joey Gathright for J.P. Howell deal.

– Good to see Braves 3B Chipper Jones back yesterday.

– The Rays signed veteran reliever Jay Witasick to a one year deal. This is a great move. He is just two years removed from posting a 2.84 ERA in 63.1 innings with 73 SO, 17 holds, and only 53 hits allowed. He had a 3.60 ERA with Oakland this year before they let him go.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MikeMcGinnis  |  June 14, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    in regards to elijah dukes: shesshh……

    also, why in the world did billy beane let witasick go when he was pitching decently for the a’s?

    and ahhh yes mr.gallardo has arrived for the brewers!

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 14, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    I honestly don’t know why they let him go. They did pick up former Ray Ruddy Lugo.

  • 3. K. G.  |  June 20, 2007 at 11:00 am

    What has Dukes been convicted of again?

    He’s guilty of being young and stupid and feeling bulletproof etc, but I have not heard of him being convicted of breaking the law to this point (or at least lately – I think there may have been some domestic battery charges filed in previous years but those too I think were dropped and so I still think there were no convictions – that doesn’t mean he’s not guilty, but it doesn’t mean he is guilty).

    Of course the Rays have extra outfielders and need to trade someone and they need pitching especially bullpen help so why not trade Dukes as even his Grand Ma Ma says the change of scenery could do him some good.

    I’m not one to defend the guilty, but so far with him all I’ve heard of is allegations. Such as him allegedly (at least lately) getting into family squabbles and possibly having relations with too many females (and possibly young ones at that, but then they say the state law says since their ages were close enough it didn’t break the law if it even did happen).

    Also remember the media is in the business of selling their info and very often make mistakes. Especially around here they often can’t even get the location straight such as mixing up which county a town is in etc. So one should always take what the read or here second hand with a grain of salt.

    So I say conduct all of the necessary investigations and if they are true deal with it and if they are not true play ball and in the meantime try and make the ball club better and get some good young pitching that will help for years to come.

    I mean we know Bonds is cheating because no one else has their head and feet grow starting in their late thirties. We also know S. Sosa cheats if nothing else we know he corks his bats. But we really know that Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Giambi, McGuire and others cheated as well and it’s just a matter of time until they are proven guilty. Then of course there’s always Canseco.

    Until then we can just chose to be o.k. with it because they haven’t been convicted or ignore them like giving them the asterisk.

    I for one don’t feel the need to reward known cheaters.

    MLB players need to be more like Griffey Jr. and NFL players need to be more like Warrick Dunn, NHL players need to be like (former player) Dave Andreychuk and NBA players (I can’t even watch that thug league – at least a team with some good guys like Duncan won this time)….

    Will Rocco get and stay healthy and produce again? Will Dukes play nice and leave people alone and keep his nose clean? Will Josh Hamilton ever come back? I’m sure a spot someplace could be found or at least then someone could be traded instead of just giving him away. Will players like Elliot Johnson who were protected instead of Josh Hamilton ever make the Rays look good for protected them?

    Just because the Rays got lucky with Wiggy two years ago and Pena and B. Harris and Al Reyes this year (maybe they’ll keep some of them instead of giving them away like they did with D. Borrowski and Todd Jones – who some how could not even make the team) doesn’t mean it’s o.k. to just give away a Josh Hamilton. But it hurts a little less if they can keep performing well and if they have to go to make room for prospects coming up hopefully the Rays will get something for them this time. But that doesn’t seem like something that’s close to happening right now.

    So no doubt the Rays will be sellers again, but who will they sell and will they actually make the team better or will they just ensure they draft high again next year?

    As far as Witasick and R. Luggo it almost looks like a swap, but of course both had to clear waivers past all of the other teams. Maybe again it’s about the change of scenery. I didn’t see where Witasick was doing well and at first he was doing well with the Rays either. Now he seems to be settling down, but with many pitchers (and other players) there’s an inconsistency problem and what we say about them today might not be true tomorrow. But if Witasick can do well for the Rays I’m glad the A’s let him go and I still wouldn’t mind seeing former Rays like R. Lugo do well just not against the Rays. Kinda would like to have some former Rays back like Wheeler and Gaudin.

    Gallardo helped my fantasy team….

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 20, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    I actually agree with you, to an extent. If I had a Hall of Fame vote I would vote for guys like McGwire, Palmiero, Canseco… But where I differ from you is that if a player is a distraction I believe he has to go. I believe in 2nd chances, 3rd chances… but this has gone too far. It would be nice of San Diego would take him for one of their relievers but that doesn’t look likely. Did you happen to hear his tirade on the radio yesterday? Sheesh!


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