Braves reliever Martinez arrested for DUI – updated

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JWeihrauch

April 2nd, 2012
12:19 pm

BravesFan in DC – Agreed with all of your comments.

One isolated incident only shows the individual involved was an idiot, at least for a period of time. Numerous issues under one manager in less than 2 years does raise eyebrows in how the clubhouse is operating, lack of respect for authority and on a side note: If MLB had stricter rules in place for stupidity among players, we would all see a dramatic drop in infractions. Sit the player out for an entire year without pay for a DUI. That’ll show em.

Go BRAVOS!

reckingball

April 2nd, 2012
12:19 pm

These blogs always fill up with holier-than-thou reactionaries, when something like this happens.
Two beers within one hour, can get you put in jail, if you are driving.

Taylo

April 2nd, 2012
12:19 pm

. Not to make light of a really bad decision, but the good news is he was caught. He could have killed someone.

lololololololol

cowdogit

April 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

The braves organization is out of control ! It started when the pitching coach had his disgusting tirade in front of two small kids at the Giants ballpark. Bring Mazzone back and restore the discipline and respect the pitching staff had during his fourteen division titles.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Rusty – Your last post wasn’t even coherent. Thanks for the scintillating back and forth.

Bill in VA

April 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Send him down! Then bring him back up, at fredi’s discretion. It needs to be done! Take responsibility. Let him know there ARE consequences!!

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Rusty – Your last post wasn’t even coherent (are you drinking now?). Thanks for the scintillating back and forth.

Ronin

April 2nd, 2012
12:23 pm

He made a poor choice (not much over the .08 limit), but just because hit teammate had more to drink than him, two wrongs don’t make it right.
The negative P/R that this creates for the team if far worse than any fine that he will have to pay.

The coaching staff needs to drill these guys on what is expected. They can afford to hire a taxi or charter service to take them to the bar and drive them home.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

Thanks, JWeihrauch–

Who Cares?

April 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

Oh, and this one will somehow end in a similar fashion as Lowe’s, since he’s too an “athlete and role model” with celebrity status. We’ll be reading “but charges were dropped about a month later” in the future regarding this one too. And,…I agree 100% with reckingball @ 12:01pm on this one. Looks like NL baseball wants to give the NFL (National Felony League) a run for its money in coddling these overpaid morons.

Bill in VA

April 2nd, 2012
12:26 pm

Ask Jeff Porter what should be done with the jerk!!

Duncan Hines

April 2nd, 2012
12:31 pm

At least he didn’t eat the wrong brownies.

Coach (2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)

April 2nd, 2012
12:32 pm

Another F-N moron athlete. Just what the Braves needed headed into their season.

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April 2nd, 2012
12:33 pm

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Najeh Davenpoop

April 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

He was doing 40 on 85? Are they sure he wasn’t on weed?

Rusty

April 2nd, 2012
12:38 pm

BravesFan in DC,

Sorry if my last post was too complex for you. Way to put me in my place though, wow. I’ll just leave you alone now and let you preach to your choir of judgemental idiots on here going crazy about someone getting a DUI. Oh wait, I mean going crazy about a trend of disturbing events–which somehow includes Derek Lowe being arrested but NOT EVEN CHARGED w/ DUI last year…

Waffle House or Bust

April 2nd, 2012
12:44 pm

Was tired of Bobby Ball but at least he had control of his players. Fat Fredi is a joke.

Tomahawkin

April 2nd, 2012
12:47 pm

Derek Blowe Got a Slap on the Wrist last year for his DUI and Reckless Driving

If That would’ve happened to an Average Joe on the streets: They would’ve locked him up and thrown away the key

dirb

April 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

Everyone on this team drinks, he just got caught driving after having to many. Hopefully he gets a driver like the vets on the team do.

ncgreybr

April 2nd, 2012
12:53 pm

Geesh! Guys! He’s an adult! HE got drunk and tested .10 not the coach! The coach wasn’t in the car! Why is this even being discussed? The coach isn’t a baby sitter! HE’S A COACH…FOR BASEBALL! NOT FOR THE PLAYER”S PRIVATE LIFE!

braves95

April 2nd, 2012
12:56 pm

its never too early to start drinking, Rusty. Crack one open and calm down.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
12:56 pm

All of you morons going on about coaches and player discipline get real. These are not high school and college kids. These are grown men. Ask yourself this. If you get into any trouble when your off from work do you want your employer suspending you for 50 days with no pay? I think not.

WayToGo

April 2nd, 2012
12:57 pm

Some blogger said this would be forgotten in a few days. Just like the rest of you have forgotten about Lowe. Are there no rules for these guys? fredi may not be directly responsible, but I know last year he made me drink. But I stayed home to do it.

[...] Braves relief pitcher Cristhian Martinez was arrested early Monday (April 2, 2012) morning in Gwinnett County, [...]

ChillyMutt

April 2nd, 2012
12:58 pm

.13 … seriously ???

What a lightweight.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
12:59 pm

Tomahawkin

April 2nd, 2012
12:47 pm

Derek Blowe Got a Slap on the Wrist last year for his DUI and Reckless Driving

If That would’ve happened to an Average Joe on the streets: They would’ve locked him up and thrown away the key

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Obviously you have never been to traffic court and watched what goes on. The average Joe goes in there all the time with an attorney who finds some kind of technicality to get him off or reduced to reckless driving.

PMC

April 2nd, 2012
1:01 pm

Look it happens ok. Good thing no one got hurt this time, learn from it and take a cab or car service next time.

It’s not the end of the world.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 2nd, 2012
1:01 pm

Anoter Brave picher with a drinking problem. Fist it was Hansen and now it Martinez. Just go 2 show that the managar has no control over his team.

PMC

April 2nd, 2012
1:02 pm

Derrick Lowe was not guilty, the officers pulled over the wrong vehicle.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:02 pm

I also don’t get these know nothings that keep bashing Freddie. That team last year would have collapsed with Bobby Cox managing. You can’t lose your top two pitchers and have Prado, McCann, and Heyward all of a sudden forget how to hit and that not happen.

ChillyMutt

April 2nd, 2012
1:02 pm

Oh and does anyone realize that the charges against Lowe were dropped. And If you watched the police video you would know why? The state trooper pulled over the wrong car and was a complete tool to Lowe.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
1:02 pm

Rusty – Don’t worry, I’ll stop engaging you now. You win the crown as blog idiot. Congratulations… You can have another beer now (it appears you are an angry drunk)!

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:04 pm

To add: You also can’t have Venters and Kimbrell suddenly start blowing games in September. I guess that was Freddies fault too.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:06 pm

I give Freddie credit for keeping that team in the hunt the first half of the year with Heyward not around, Chipper on the DL, and Uggla batting a buck 25 to start the season.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
1:11 pm

I’ll give Fredi that.

Coach

April 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

People really need to stop blaming the coaches/managers. These are adults that have simply made bad choices, thus must endure the consequences when laws are broken. Should team policies bet set in place to enforce infractions such as this? absolutely. Set penalties will send a strong message that these actions will not be tolerated. If a player wishes to file a grievance with the players union, then so be it. The Braves have been smart in the past with handing down their end of the discipline before the legal process plays out. As sad as it might be, and believe me, I am a bit familiar with how the law works, if there was a part of the process left out after the officer approached the vehicle, then the case gets tossed.

GwinnettDad

April 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

Just one more prima donna that doesn’t give a damn about his team, about making any sacrifices during the regular season, about taking responsibility for his own actions. Professional baseball is filled with them. The event will be smoothed over, the players union will rally to his defense, and soon no one will remember anything ever happened. What matters? Does he win! If he wins, he probably could have many more DUIs, and somehow, someway, he’d still pitch for the Braves, even if he had another DUI on the way back to jail.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:18 pm

I don’t think you can classify Christian Martinez as a prima donna. He’s a journeyman pitcher not a superstar hot shot rookie. He’s just a numb skull who made a bad choice. What would hurt him is to send him to Gwinnett to start the season and give his roster spot to another pitcher.

Rusty

April 2nd, 2012
1:19 pm

You are so clever BravesFan. Calling me a drunk while we’re commenting on a blog about a DUI–good stuff. Lets not forget that you think this signals a lack of respect for the manager and a lack of control of the team on Fredi’s part. Lets get back to you making dumb and judgmental comments about Fredi, I can’t keep up with your clever put downs any more.

Mark's for the Braves

April 2nd, 2012
1:19 pm

Are he and Derek Lowe drinking buddies?

Coach

April 2nd, 2012
1:20 pm

I think sending him to Gwinnett would be a smart choice and give his spot to another worthy pitcher that had a strong spring

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

Rusty, Wrong, I don’t think it actually signals anything. I think that the dummy just got in the car not thinking that he had drank too much. In his mind he probably hadn’t. I don’t really think it had anything to do with the team.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:23 pm

That roster bonus means a lot to him. By sending him to Gwinnett your taking that away from him. That would send a signal to others who want to make a stupid decision.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
1:23 pm

Wow, Rusty. Way to continue to solidify your crown.

Eddie Matthews' Ghost

April 2nd, 2012
1:24 pm

Man, the GOOD news just keeps pouring out for the lowly lowest low downtrodden sorry Braves.

TP

April 2nd, 2012
1:25 pm

….as long as he didn’t have a handful of red panties….no harm done

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:25 pm

Sorry Rusty, I re-read your comment and saw that you were making a comment to BravesFan.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

TP

April 2nd, 2012
1:25 pm

….as long as he didn’t have a handful of red panties….no harm done

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Dumb comment of the day award winner.

KK

April 2nd, 2012
1:28 pm

Sake is much better

Braves #17 Fan

April 2nd, 2012
1:28 pm

I never did understand all the giddiness about getting drunk, or even just drinking alcohol. Maybe it’s because of all the commercials that make it appear so appealing and a natural step in one’s journey through life. As for me? No, thanks. When I was younger, I was well-known as a designated driver.. and proud of it. Teenagers, you don’t have to drink, smoke, or do drugs to blend in. You too can rise above the masses and do something awesome with this one shot at a life we get.

Rusty

April 2nd, 2012
1:28 pm

kerryb,

I’m in agreement with you, I’ve been referring to comments made by BravesFan in DC.

Coach

April 2nd, 2012
1:30 pm

I bet if Schurholz had a closed door meeting with the team and told them how he expects to act both on and off the field and the consequences involved, I bet the players would listen. Ultimately, its the individuals themselves that are making these choices, nobody elses’s. They should be held accountable for their actions.

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
1:30 pm

Young guys and reality. I’m very conservative, now, but there are a lot of zealots in these comments that don’t understand……………….somethings won’t change.

Ralph

April 2nd, 2012
1:31 pm

I guess they will need Medelen in the bullpen to pitch when Martinez has a hangover, maybe they need to give breath alchol test before games. Just kidding!

iTiSi

April 2nd, 2012
1:31 pm

It’s always “Don’t drink and drive, don’t drink and drive”. How about DON’T DRINK PERIOD THEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT DRIVING! Simple solution. Why do so many people think you have to have a drug(yes, it’s a drug) in your body to have a good time? Once that drug is in the body, people make bad choices and stupid decisions. So stop asking why didn’t he take a taxi? That’s not a rational question to a “drunk”.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Correct. He’s been responding to my comments that he didn’t read. #fail

Ralph

April 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Huddy is probably the most ready pitcher we have!

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
1:34 pm

I drive better after a few…………………..

cowdogit

April 2nd, 2012
1:37 pm

Drinking and driving is almost as bad as drinking and pitching. Under the hot sun of september,no wonder the braves broke down. Tough discipline was Mazzone’s middle name. Bring ROCKING LEO back. Respect for the game is very important to Leo.

iTiSi

April 2nd, 2012
1:37 pm

Braves#17 Fan, just saw your comments. Good post. Looks like we are on the same channel. The drug known as alcohol gets a free ride, while tobacco gets attacked right and left. Alcohol causes lots more damage than tobacco when all is taken into consideration. Alcohol was a huge factor in the UK fans rioting the other night. The liquor lobby and industry is just too big and powerful these days, and they go after young people. Hypocrisy is alive and well, and money is what it’s all about.

Braves #17 Fan

April 2nd, 2012
1:38 pm

iTiSi – Good post. Too bad 99.9% of their influences come from peers and the media. The average high school kid doesn’t have a chance. “Dude, if you’re hanging with us, you like beer, like us, cool?” “Yeah, bro. That’s straight.” “Look at all this beer.” “Dude, that’s sick.”

Billy

April 2nd, 2012
1:42 pm

Rich people think the laws don’t apply to them, only to “little” people. The more rich they are, the more the penalty should be. Someone said above that he ought to have taken a cab. Let him take one for the next five years…

VENEZUELA

April 2nd, 2012
1:43 pm

I guess if I played for emotionless Braves fans and a manager like Fruti I’d be drinking non-stop too…

TP

April 2nd, 2012
1:46 pm

Let’s see if the Braves terminate his contract,THEN we’ll see who’s the dumb ONE.

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
1:46 pm

A magnum, a blunt and a line…………….ready to drive ! ! !

Drunks Against Mad Mothers (DAMM]

April 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

Carroll Rogers

April 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

How’s that….the original version was posted at 10:37, have updated it several times since then….or i could just say heck yeah, we’re that good! (smile)

Carroll Rogers

April 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

heck of a way to come back to the beat, Iheart, but thanks.

DawgDad

April 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

. . . if only he could PITCH like Pete Alexander . . .

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
1:57 pm

Billy

April 2nd, 2012
1:42 pm

Rich people think the laws don’t apply to them, only to “little” people. The more rich they are, the more the penalty should be. Someone said above that he ought to have taken a cab. Let him take one for the next five years…

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Martinez makes $419,000. That may be a lot to us but that’s only minimum wage for a baseball player in MLB.

Mitchell

April 2nd, 2012
1:58 pm

Say it ain’t so, Christhian.

Then again, what do you expect them to do for two months of monotony in Florida.

Why are we still in Spring Training? Hasn’t global warming completely taken over by now?

It’s 72 degrees in Cleveland. Let’s go.

Troy

April 2nd, 2012
2:00 pm

Did he play at UGA?

Always Smile Carroll..thanks for info.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
2:00 pm

TP

April 2nd, 2012
1:46 pm

Let’s see if the Braves terminate his contract,THEN we’ll see who’s the dumb ONE.

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If the Braves do that they will be dumb. The way he pitched in the Spring, if the Braves terminated his contract then about every other team in MLB will be standing in line to sign him and they wouldn’t care if he had a DUI charge..

interested bystanderss

April 2nd, 2012
2:01 pm

Ok Lowe is a very wealthy man. He knew his to
Rights. He had proper legal help. CM rights probably violated. This is s
America and that is how it goes.

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
2:05 pm

When I was looking up the Braves salaries for the year I noticed that the Braves are paying Jack Wilson $5,000,000 this year. $5,000,000 for a backup SS? Are you kidding me???

Troy

April 2nd, 2012
2:09 pm

The man made a mistake ..he will pay for it and learn from it. Thank goodness no-one was hurt are killed. Now its time for us to forgive and let MLB get him help if needed. You don’t destroy his career for one foolish mistake..help him and move on.

Troy

April 2nd, 2012
2:14 pm

Jack Wilson’s contract for 2012 is 1 million. go to cots contracts Braves .com

Ken Stallings

April 2nd, 2012
2:18 pm

I hope he fully appreciates the fact that no one died or was seriously injured as a result of his criminal action! This had the real potential to be a repeat of the needless tragedy such as Jeff Porter experienced late last year!

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
2:21 pm

Troy

April 2nd, 2012
2:14 pm

Jack Wilson’s contract for 2012 is 1 million. go to cots contracts Braves .com

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I wonder why ESPN list it as $5,000,000?

play ball

April 2nd, 2012
2:23 pm

Know how many cops, judges, lawyers and other authorities drink and drive every day? MANY
Usually the hypocrites yell the loudest also.
Doesn’t make it right to drink and drive, but the ones out to get ya are the ones living in glass houses.

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

I’d come back and play for a twelve-pack a day.

a lot of talk by self thinking high and mighty

April 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

Ken Stallings…..Jeff Porters wife wasn’t killed by a drunk driver. You idiot.

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

I’d come back and play for a twelve-pack a day.

Troy

April 2nd, 2012
2:28 pm

agree Ken…u right also Play ball….

kerryb..don’t know but all Braves players are listed under cot’s contracts. (ESPN is usually wrong)

o-my

April 2nd, 2012
2:34 pm

@227, ken didn’t say she was. He said a protential needless tragedy referring to were someone gets killed. whats the high and mighty crap?

How many were they able to talk their way out of due to their position?

April 2nd, 2012
2:35 pm

Don’t forget the ones making the laws….the legislators are probably the biggest hypocrites when it comes to drinking and driving. Yet they’re the same ones that will scream the loudest and make punishment for a DUI, that doesn’t involve any physical or bodily damage, harsher than laws for murder.

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
2:35 pm

I’m high…………….and mighty !

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
2:45 pm

………..why no Oskifer……………..why would you asked dat?

Hate to see a life ruined, when anothers life was not taken or harmed by DUI

April 2nd, 2012
2:51 pm

This country has gone overboard. Can’t support all the jails now, cause there will be a law every normal, productive citizen in life can be found guilty of violating. The constant push for more punishment is backfiring. Look at the new Justice bill just passed last week in GA. They can’t afford to keep nailing everybody for non-violent offenses by locking everybody up.
And they better go further and help people to keep working in this economy, if they get a DUI Many lose jobs and licenses over such offenses. Putting more people on the welfare rolls. Temporary license strictly for work is not unreasonable.
There’s not one person in here that doesn’t have either a family member, friend, or co-worker that has not gotten a DUI.
It’s everywhere in society. And most are good, hard working, law abiding (if not for the DUI), productive citizens.

DUI is a money pit

April 2nd, 2012
2:55 pm

When it comes down to it….it’s all about the money.

Lee in S GA

April 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Hope this doesn not affect selling beer at “the TED”.

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Iba agreeba………….

Jeff Blauser's Hair Stylist

April 2nd, 2012
2:58 pm

Is there a problem, occifer?

bananajacket

April 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

Getting a DUI is indefensible, especially for a pro with the means for alternative actions. However, after reading many of the posts on here, one could conclude that there is much PUI (posting under the influence) in evidence!

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
3:03 pm

bananajacket

April 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

Getting a DUI is indefensible, especially for a pro with the means for alternative actions. However, after reading many of the posts on here, one could conclude that there is much PUI (posting under the influence) in evidence!

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You got that right.

Fats OKelly

April 2nd, 2012
3:06 pm

Come down hard on any sumbitch that does this…………………..He kills your loved ones and you wont be so dm cavalier about this ………………………..Tell the guy to go home and stay drunk for a couple of days but dont drink and drive a.hole.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

The braves organization is out of control ! It started when the pitching coach had his disgusting tirade in front of two small kids at the Giants ballpark. Bring Mazzone back and restore the discipline and respect the pitching staff had during his fourteen division titles.

No Doubt!!!! Maybe they can even bring back John Rocker!!

Taxi Smith

April 2nd, 2012
3:14 pm

Well, regretably, it happens. Young men drink and sometimes drive. If it is his first offense DUI, the law will slap him pretty good (stiff fine, community service, maybe a few days in the county jail) and then his insurance will skyrocket. It’s up to him whether this is a lesson well learned.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

People that are demanding a suspension: The MLB / MLBPA haven’t agreed to any suspensions for players who get a DUI. The Braves are limited to what the MLB and MLBPA have agreed to. So the Braves have 2 options.
1. Keep him on the roster and let him play.
2. Cut him from the team WITH PAY for the rest of the contract.

(D. Lowe pitched 3 days after being arrested last year)

reckingball

April 2nd, 2012
3:19 pm

Didn’t Furcal get a DUI, when he was with the Braves?
Wasn’t Bobby Cox the manager, when Furcal played for the Braves?
Or, am I wrong again?

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