Last week, a pitcher for the Delmarva Shorebirds was charged with driving
under the influence of alcohol. The relief pitcher for Maryland’s
minor league baseball team now faces serious potential consequences, which
may impact his baseball career.
According to authorities, the 23-year-old pitcher was driving in the parking
lot of the Brew River Restaurant & Bar when he allegedly backed into
a parked car. Police officers were summoned to the scene of the minor
fender bender just before 2:00 in the morning. The baseball player was
reportedly released on signature and charged with a citation for
DUI. He will need to appear in court, but reports indicate no court date has
been scheduled at this point.
The general manager of the Shorebirds was asked to comment about the DUI
charge. He merely stated, “It’s a [Baltimore] Orioles personnel
issue that they will handle.” However, the Orioles, the parent club
of the Shorebirds, chose not to comment and failed to clarify the pitcher’s
status with the team.
In his second year with the Shorebirds, the pitcher has a 0-2 record and
a 4.63 earned run average in 10 appearances. Further, he has accumulated
eight saves, leading the South Atlantic League. Unfortunately, the DUI
charge may seriously impact his career.
In Maryland, a DUI charge results in an automatic driver’s license
suspension. Repeat DUI convictions can cause a license revocation, which
means a person will need to go through a motor vehicle hearing before
getting the license back. Because the stakes are high, it is important
to consult with an experienced defense attorney.