Braves reliever Martinez arrested for DUI – updated

Braves reliever Cristhian Martinez was arrested early Monday morning in Gwinnett County on charges of DUI, after allegedly weaving in and out of a lane and traveling at a low speed on I-85, confirmed Gwinnett County police spokesman Corporal Jake Smith.

Martinez was pulled over at 2:42 a.m. on I-85 North at Steve Reynolds Boulevard for failure to maintain a single lane by a Gwinnett County police officer who clocked Martinez traveling 40 mph. The officer smelled alcohol on Martinez’s breath, Smith said, and put him through a field sobriety test. Martinez’s blood alcohol registered .13 in a breathalyzer administered at the Gwinnett County jail, Smith said. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.

Martinez was booked into the Gwinnett County jail at 4:24 a.m., on charges of DUI, improper lane change and impeding the flow of traffic. He was released on $1,627 bond at 10:41 a.m.

“We were very concerned to learn of the arrest of Cristhian Martinez in Gwinnett County this morning,” the Braves released in a statement.

The club announced it will require Martinez to be evaluated by an “independent professional,” in accordance with Major League Baseball’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and declined further comment until all the facts and details are known.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez voiced his own disappointment, however, after the Braves spring training game Monday, saying: “As an organization we don’t like our name in the paper behind that kind of stuff. He’ll get an earful tomorrow. We’ve got to make sure, get all the details…But I’m upset.”

Martinez is the second Braves pitcher in less than a year to be arrested on charges of DUI. Former Brave Derek Lowe, now with the Cleveland Indians, was arrested for DUI on April 28, 2011, in Atlanta but charges were dropped about a month later. In that case, the Braves waited until the legal process was complete before deciding on any disciplinary action.

Martinez was among a group of Braves pitchers who returned from spring training in Orlando, Fla., ahead of the rest of the team to prepare for Tuesday night’s exhibition game at Gwinnett’s Coolray Field.

Martinez has secured a spot in the Braves bullpen this spring after going 0-0 with a 1.38 ERA in eight appearances, allowing two runs in 13 innings, with three walks, 13 strikeouts and a .159 opponents’ batting average.

Martinez, 30, is in his third season in the Braves organization after appearing in 64 major-league games over the past two seasons.

Staff writer David O’Brien contributed information to this report.

253 comments Add your comment

Pat

April 2nd, 2012
10:40 am

Stephen

April 2nd, 2012
10:41 am

Not what we need right now heading into the season.

Kelly

April 2nd, 2012
10:41 am

YOU NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE. NEVER!!!

James

April 2nd, 2012
10:43 am

Dannnnnng C-Mart…

BravesCountryBoy

April 2nd, 2012
10:46 am

Not good at all!!!!

Frazer

April 2nd, 2012
10:51 am

At least he’s getting it out of his system before the season starts.

chipfrumatl

April 2nd, 2012
10:51 am

this is a trend…

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
10:51 am

2nd DUI under Fredi. I think he needs to lay down the law with a bit more of an iron fist…

Fish Bisch

April 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

Melden should be in the starting rotation.

meh

April 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

dag nabbit! take a cab you fool!

meh

April 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

dag nabbit! take a cab you fool!

kerryb

April 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

I guess he wants to take Derick Lowe’s place as the team drunk.

T

April 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

When will people learn that this is just unacceptable? Get someone else to drive you.

Just embarrassing.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

I’ll never understand how a pro athlete gets a DUI when you can afford a driver. At least there wasn’t an accident. Learn from it, don’t let it happen again, and move on!!!

kevkat

April 2nd, 2012
10:53 am

If he were my manager I’d drink too..

Big Earl

April 2nd, 2012
10:54 am

At least he’s not another Bulldog!

PMC

April 2nd, 2012
10:54 am

Isn’t the legal limit .08?

Charlie

April 2nd, 2012
10:54 am

PATHETIC AND STUPID! I just don’t get it. Take a cab, stick a crowbar in your wallet and hire a driver, or call me, I’ll be your designated driver. At this time in history, there is no reason whatsoever to ever get a DUI. PATHETIC and STUPID!

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
10:55 am

2nd DUI under Fredi. I think he needs to lay down the law with a bit more of an iron fist…

Like Mark Richt???

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
10:55 am

2nd DUI under Fredi. I think he needs to lay down the law with a bit more of an iron fist…

Like Mark Richt???

phoenix

April 2nd, 2012
10:57 am

Meanwhile, the Braves have added about 550 pounds of castoffs during the past 3 days…Livan & Francisco. At least they got a good hitter (Livan)

Rojo Johnson

April 2nd, 2012
10:59 am

He’ll learn from it and move on. He’s human people!

64 year Braves fan

April 2nd, 2012
11:00 am

Don’t these idiots ever learn?

Mark Sally Venters

April 2nd, 2012
11:00 am

1. Get a cab
2. Baseball is not a sport…more of a hobby
3. Kudo’s to Carlos Checa

Ted M

April 2nd, 2012
11:00 am

Francisco is all “possible” reward no risk. Good move Wren.

Hank Williams Jr.

April 2nd, 2012
11:01 am

I thought Derrick Lowe was gone……..

T

April 2nd, 2012
11:02 am

legal limit is .08

Ted M

April 2nd, 2012
11:03 am

DOB – When might you secure an interview w/Francisco? Any chance he might play tomorrow?

BFS

April 2nd, 2012
11:03 am

The problem is that no team (Braves or Bulldogs) makes the punishment severe enough to make the players take notice. If the Braves had a policy of say, 5 years suspension for the first offense, then no one would ever consider breaking the rules or law. If all he gets is a slap on the wrist, it’s no big deal. For the UGA football players, revoke their scholarships and send them home to work at Burger King. Would that get someones attention?

Derek L

April 2nd, 2012
11:06 am

I know a guy that he should call

Tucker

April 2nd, 2012
11:06 am

Drinking and MLB go hand in hand. The Ole Diz would say, “Pop open another Falstaff, pardner!”

mw

April 2nd, 2012
11:06 am

the players association would not let that happen. it is different with professional athletes than college athletes. not too mention 5 years is ludicrous

David O'Brien

April 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

Looks like he spent about 6 hours in Gwinnett jail, was released about a half-hour ago according to the jail docket.

UGA Football

April 2nd, 2012
11:09 am

UGA Football, enough said…

Backwards

April 2nd, 2012
11:09 am

That’s right. You never drink AND drive. You could spill your drink. I recommend drinking THEN driving, therefore, no risk of spilling.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
11:10 am

phoenix

Livan is a great addition as the long relief man and Francisco has real potential to become a solid everyday player. Castoffs?? Both were solid no risk additions!

dood

April 2nd, 2012
11:12 am

Lots of Mexican people drink and drive- cut him some slack.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
11:12 am

If the Braves had a policy of say, 5 years suspension for the first offense

I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure it’s a MLB / MLBPA issue not a Braves issue when it comes to substance / alcohol abuse and the suspension that come with it.

Stephen

April 2nd, 2012
11:15 am

This is the 2nd DUI in as many years… could this be a reflection of bobby not being in the drivers seat anymore ??
Seems like the team doesn’t have even a modicom of the respect for fredi that they did for bobby. I agree that fredi isn’t and will never be bobby. But, you do have to show respect to the position! Fredi get control of your locker room !!!!

Lisa

April 2nd, 2012
11:16 am

Its not like he couldn’t afford a cab! Come on, do be so ignorant!

WayToGo

April 2nd, 2012
11:18 am

well, ain’t that nice. I agree with kevkat. Having fredi for a manager would make anyone turn to the booze.

Bill Malone

April 2nd, 2012
11:21 am

Could be a long, hot Summer for all of us Braves fans…

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
11:21 am

Not good… They got sent up early to “prep for a game” tomorrow in Gwinnett… I doubt excessive boozing was part of the “prep plan”… I hope Fredi takes some action here.

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Fan of the Game

April 2nd, 2012
11:26 am

DUI, 1st offense should be 50 game suspension and 2nd should be gone for the season and hope no one gets killed in between.

REAGAN2012

April 2nd, 2012
11:26 am

SEEMS FREDDIE CANT KEEP CLOSE EYE ON HIS PLAYERS KEEP THEM FROM TRUBOLE MAKIN IF THEY GET MORE THEN 1 MILE FROM HIM SWEAR BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE BECOMING WORST THEN FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND BASKETBALL

renegade#1

April 2nd, 2012
11:27 am

Baseball is his job he wasn’t drinking on the job. Dont they have beer in the clubhouse. Do something about the team supplying them with booze would be a start at controling the drinking

Disco Stew

April 2nd, 2012
11:27 am

Nice. RIght before the season starts and he “had” a job. Today who knows b/c JS (never mind Wren) likes to release people on the first offense unless there is major contract money on the table or key talent.

See Lowe and Furcal on that latter.

So a young pitcher who is making league min is a nice target for JS. Easy release for him and sends a muted message to the vets who drink.

Fredi continues to have bad karma or weak leadership hovering over him.

First rule of mgt = Everything is your fault….

Hiawassee

April 2nd, 2012
11:28 am

Only ignorant fans would place the blame on a ballplayer driving drunk on a manager. Why not blame the GM, the owner, the player’s third grade teacher? Believe me, everyone in the organization tries to teach these players the right way. MLB has to have a firm policy in place, but it is very difficult to put in place because of the player’s union.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
11:28 am

So in Fredi’s first 12 months as Braves’ manager, the team has had 2 DUI arrests (I assume the most in baseball) and experienced the worst collapse in team history. I’m no expert but I would imagine the white collar execs in the team’s management office aren’t thrilled. My guess is Fredi is on the hot seat this year. If Atlanta fails to make the postseason I think Fredi’s short tenure in Atlanta is done.

Brownie

April 2nd, 2012
11:29 am

Very unfortunate, and serious offense committed by a LOT of people, not just athletes. In fact I would bet a great deal of money that of all the above bloggers, at least 80% have have a DUI sometime in their past – they just didn’t get caught. I know I would be guilty several times in college a long time ago.

Doesn’t take away the fact that it was a stupid move, especially considering they all can afford a chauffeur.

Bottom line is that it sheds a negative light on the Braves for a couple of days, and then will be in the past. Hope they all learn from it.

DePort

April 2nd, 2012
11:31 am

Must be a Georgia thing….

IHEARTCARROLL

April 2nd, 2012
11:32 am

I really don’t want to make light of a serious situation, but nice to hear from Ms. Rogers.

Dawg pound

April 2nd, 2012
11:33 am

Must have went to UGA

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
11:37 am

Last 12 Months:

1. Lowe gets a DUI
2. Roger McDowell does bad things with a bat in front of kids
3. Braves blow huge lead and have epic collapse (biggest in team history)
4. Martinez get a DUI

Clearly there’s a lack of discipline and respect for authority trending through the clubhouse. I don’t think JS puts up with this much longer… Changes are likely coming.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
11:37 am

Action:
Fan reads about player getting arrested….

Reaction:
The Coach… it’s all the coaches fault… Fire the coach!!!!

Come on people stop putting the blame on the coaches and start putting the blame on the players. They’re the ones making the bad decisions!! If a professional athlete get’s arrested it’s his own d*@n fault, he’s the ONLY one to blame!!

Listen to me

April 2nd, 2012
11:38 am

As Bobby Bowden said…. Football programs are NOT required to do drug test. He said if you don’t want your players to fail you don’t need to test like a lot of other schools refuse to do.

kburger

April 2nd, 2012
11:40 am

It just goes to show that no matter what level of sports, the players still make dumb decisions. It is not always the coaches fault, it is the stupid players making the stupid decisions to do stupid things. You can point fingers at Georgia but look at any other state in the Union and you see the same things at other schools and other professional sports teams.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
11:41 am

I don’t think JS puts up with this much longer…

You’re right except JS is smart enough to realize these adults that make their own decisions good or bad!! JS isn’t going to blame Fredi for his players stupid decisions just like he didn’t blame Bobby for Furcal or John Rocker. He took care of those issues by getting rid of the player.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
11:42 am

CraZy – If you notice a trend… It may be the manager’s fault. 1 incident would be 1 thing… but several incidents may indicate a bigger issue.

Felix

April 2nd, 2012
11:43 am

In the Lowe tradition, was he racing too?

meghan

April 2nd, 2012
11:43 am

Just so you know BFS, they actually background check you at burger king these days…no job for him there!

count_schemula

April 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

Francisco’s problem is a mix of dedication (overweight) and Dusty Baker. He is a high K low BB guy with masher power. The pickup was nothing short of brilliant for what it is.

If we can leave Prado in LF full time, we have good hitters in McCann, Freeman, Bourne and Chipper when he plays. We need Heyward to sort it out and he is a good hitter who’s OBP is well over his BA. Pastornicky is a rookie who was taking walks and getting hits late in spring.

And we have high K high power guys in Uggla and Francisco.

Francisco looks like he could hit 20HR in limited action.

I always felt bad for Prado having to play LF and 3b. That’s a tough transition.

Octavius

April 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

Next thing you know they’ll be getting drunk in the dugout.

interested observer

April 2nd, 2012
11:49 am

Wow, lots of finger pointing here. The person to blame for a DUI is the driver. Not to make light of a really bad decision, but the good news is he was caught. He could have killed someone. He has a chance to learn from being caught, something a lot of Georgians don’t get. Be glad no one was hurt.

Everyone suffers from lapses in judgment. Let’s hope he’s learned his lesson.

fuzzybee

April 2nd, 2012
11:49 am

Just get another pitcher.

Oh, that’s what he said!

FBGuy

April 2nd, 2012
11:50 am

“Must have went to UGA?” Thanks for the grammar lesson, Dawg pound. What an empty thought you had. This would make the fourth or fifth DUI case I’ve read of this spring in training camps in Florida and Arizona, proving …. what? Fred has no control? Maybe, but this isn’t much evidence. Maybe it’s a little too early to draw many conclusions about anything but what Martinez did? And puleeze, drop the UGA connections. You can as easily tie that to AL, FL or any number of nearby schools.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
11:52 am

I can tell you if I got a DUI I would likely lose my job… These guys need to step it up. Playing pro ball comes with responsibility. It just looks bad on the whole team and Fredi. Not the best way to start the regular season.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
11:53 am

1 incident would be 1 thing… but several incidents may indicate a bigger issue.

Yeah, Fred’s probably telling them to go out and have some fun… live a little!!!! It’s all his fault. If anyone is not respected it’s the MLB / MLBPA!! They don’t suspend players for DUI’s this is what the MLB and MLBPA agreed to last year….

he parties agreed on a program of mandatory evaluation by a trained professional for Players who are suspected of an alcohol use problem (including Players who are arrested for DWI or other crimes involving alcohol), and for players who are arrested for crimes involving the use of force or violence.

Currently there is nothing in place in the agreement players have with the league that allows for punishment for a DUI.

Just google MLB’s DUI policy

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
11:53 am

1 incident would be 1 thing… but several incidents may indicate a bigger issue.

Yeah, Fred’s probably telling them to go out and have some fun… live a little!!!! It’s all his fault. If anyone is not respected it’s the MLB / MLBPA!! They don’t suspend players for DUI’s this is what the MLB and MLBPA agreed to last year….

he parties agreed on a program of mandatory evaluation by a trained professional for Players who are suspected of an alcohol use problem (including Players who are arrested for DWI or other crimes involving alcohol), and for players who are arrested for crimes involving the use of force or violence.

Currently there is nothing in place in the agreement players have with the league that allows for punishment for a DUI.

Just google MLB’s DUI policy

Cris Martinez

April 2nd, 2012
11:53 am

I’m hungover and got them Gwinnett jailhouse blues baby. I couldn’t sleep because some guy named Bubba wanted to be my boyfriend.

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

BravesFan in DC
I can tell you if I got a DUI I would likely lose my job…

The MLBPA is the stongest UNION in the world!! If you had them to cover your back you can almost get away with anything without losing your job!!

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

CraZy – MLB is also at fault for weak policies on the issue. Agreed.

ATLFAN24

April 2nd, 2012
11:56 am

Fredi job is far more complicated than watching over GROWN men. C. Martinez made that decision and have to suffer the consequences of breaking the law. It was probably a mistake, but a costly one. The BRAVES will be just fine. Adding a third basemen and good pitcher show you they are trying to win it all. Young core group will work hard for years.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
11:57 am

Correct. Unions have lost focus of their original purpose and goals. In many cases they have simply become corrupt.

fuzzybee

April 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

As long as he doesn’t sweat alcohol like Lowe did. Sometimes that guy looked like he had the DTs right on the mound. I guess that could explain his pitch control!

Need to step up.

April 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

Just for the record, Lowe was not driving drunk. He was also not racing. The camera shows that the cars being chased were not Lowes. He was picked up and hassled because of who he was. All charges on him were dropped.

Now as for the rest lolololol. I guess you get what you pay for.

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Braves outtahere

April 2nd, 2012
12:00 pm

Ok lets get rid of Sunday sales now. Georgia you cant handle it.

MuttH8ter

April 2nd, 2012
12:01 pm

Only a few years ago you had to blow a .10 to even receive a DUI. Most the people on this board, the Governor, most of the legislature and ALL cops have driven at .10. Law needs to concentrate on the people who blow high numbers and repeat offenders. They are the real (very real) killers. They need to be dealt with harshly by the law including prison. The current .08 law is a money maker.

.08 is so low that I never drink anything and drive as my life can be severely damaged by a cop.

Rusty

April 2nd, 2012
12:01 pm

BravesFan in DC,

You are a complete and utter idiot. First off, Lowe’s ‘DUI’ got dropped. 2nd, they are grown men and Fredi is their boss at their job. If I go get a DUI this weekend, should my boss at my job get fired, obviously not as it happened away from work and had NOTHING TO DO W/ HIM.

If you are in DC, please become a Nationals’ fan, I hate to think that we support the same team.

reckingball

April 2nd, 2012
12:01 pm

It is stupid to drive under the influence anytime, especially when you are making $400,000 a year. No excuses.

illo gical

April 2nd, 2012
12:01 pm

Yes, it’s ridiculous that the coach doesn’t escort these guys home from the ballpark and tuck them in- making sure they don’t do anything stupid. Probably should fire him. Then the braves could hire Mrs. Doubtfire or Mary Poppins to to manage the team. That would solve everything.

fuzzybee

April 2nd, 2012
12:03 pm

After the steroid debacle, you would think that MLB would see where ignoring substance abuse will get you in the long run but I guess not.

The team owners are CEOs and just about next quarter’s profit and winning tomorrow.
The players are all about protecting their own and their next big paycheck.
Screw the game.

How's that??

April 2nd, 2012
12:03 pm

Hey DOB, the tag line says that this was posted at 10:37 AM and the article refers to Martinez being released at 10:41 AM? You have some insiders at the precinct?? A crystal ball?? What are the numbers for the next lotto??

Ted M

April 2nd, 2012
12:04 pm

Unions lost focus decades ago.

reckingball

April 2nd, 2012
12:05 pm

These people that say this is Fredi Gonzalez’s fault are wrong.

northbeach Scott

April 2nd, 2012
12:05 pm

Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for young Martinez and he can put childish things behind him. Having some cracker Gwinnett cop bust him likely scared the black beans out of him.

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
12:07 pm

Rusty – Hi, I’m Earth. Have we met?

Read all my posts before you post crap on the blog and take an inappropriate direct shot at someone you don’t know. The DUI was 1 part of several reasons why I feel there is a general lack of respect for authority in the clubhouse (see above posts). I never said I think Fredi should be outright fired (although he was fired in Florida for what many feel was issues related to a lack of respect from key players). I said I think that JS will make changes if several trends (like this and the McDowell issue continue) and the Braves fail to make the postseason this fall. Boom.

reckingball

April 2nd, 2012
12:08 pm

Lowe’s arrest for DUI, was evidently the result of some overzealous police “work”.

sainthater

April 2nd, 2012
12:08 pm

DLowe was arrested but not convicted, innocent until proven quilty.

Confusted...

April 2nd, 2012
12:09 pm

Wow…ok –We need to give Martinez a break he’s human and made a very stupid mistake and besides there’s plenty of blame to go around.

1. Marty – next time take a cab or be prepared to face the music.
2. Marty – was not alone that night – hey guys if you know your TEAM Mate has had too much to drink..take his/her keys..give him/her a ride or offer them a bed at you place for the night.
3. Coach – set a higher expectation for your TEAM.
4. The Public (this means you) don’t be so quick to judge – …he who is without SIN let him caste the first stone……

Sober up Marty – learn from your mistakes and move on………

Ted M

April 2nd, 2012
12:10 pm

Great he is plying today…that was fast. He certainly didn’t loligag getting here.

Taylo

April 2nd, 2012
12:11 pm

Wow, people are ridiculous on here. Do you realize how low a .10 is?

BravesFan in DC

April 2nd, 2012
12:12 pm

Low enough to land you jail.

Taylo

April 2nd, 2012
12:13 pm

and to you fools blaming Fredi G. Martinez is a grown ass man, Fredi can’t control what he does. I don’t like a lot of Fredi’s on field decisions, but to blame him for this is just stupid

JoeFan

April 2nd, 2012
12:14 pm

No one gets any slack for drinking and driving. They are a danger to themselves and others. Anyone that is convicted of dui should be sentenced to at least 90 days in jail and probation of no less than five years.

Michael

April 2nd, 2012
12:16 pm

There but for the grace of God, go I.

Felix Millan

April 2nd, 2012
12:17 pm

“Must have went to UGA”—- English Major.

Rusty

April 2nd, 2012
12:19 pm

BravesFan in DC-11:37 AM

Last 12 Months:

1. Lowe gets a DUI
2. Roger McDowell does bad things with a bat in front of kids
3. Braves blow huge lead and have epic collapse (biggest in team history)
4. Martinez get a DUI

Clearly there’s a lack of discipline and respect for authority trending through the clubhouse. I don’t think JS puts up with this much longer… Changes are likely coming.

This post alone proved you are an idiot and your response to me solidified that you are, in fact, a dbag. 2 more ‘inappropriate direct shots’ for you, or is that just one more since I’m repeating myself by calling you an idiot? Boom.

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
12:35 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?

jim monroe

April 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Frank Is Doeing Again,Trading Or Signing those HAS BENS. Drinking And Driving Is Plain Stuped Stuped

A Father

April 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Maybe Martinez can hang out with the GA baseball players and see if he wants to coach!

Susan

April 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

It is the responsibility of everyone to not get in a vehicle and drive after drinking. It is a choice to drink and drive. Yes, he should have called a cab and he has enough money to have paid an extra driver to drive his car home so he could have it the next day. He will suffer punishment by the law and endure his own embarrassment for his stupidity.

GoBravos124

April 2nd, 2012
3:36 pm

Who cares? Everyone gets a DUI or 2 in their lifetime, it shouldn’t be blown up out of proportion just because he’s a professional athlete. .13 isn’t even that bad, he probably had like 2-3 drinks & blew that,man just can’t handle his booze.

GwinnettDad

April 2nd, 2012
3:37 pm

@Hatetosee – Sir, time to stop playing the victim game, please! There will be 400,000 arrests (my estimate, because you cannot get such an estimate from responsible politicians nor the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce). Our police and court system is swamped with irresponsible jerks by the thousands. (Sounds like you’re going to be one of them eventually.) There are 30-60 DUI in Gwinnett County every weekend (I counted 43 this weekend 6 pm Friday to 10 am Sunday). One would think the jerks might stop being jerks, but Martinez is just one more. But he’s a baseball player, and thus news. What about the other 30-60 DUI just in Gwinnett this weekend? You’d never know. And that’s why YOU can write as if you’re such a jerk yourself. If each Atlanta DUI got headlines in the AJC over a weekend, there’d be enough stories for 10 AJC web pages, and that would just be headlines. This is NOT the fault of judges or the police. It is mainly the fault of irresponsible self-centered jerks of epidemic proportions, which is a cancer on common sense and common decency.

GwinnettDad

April 2nd, 2012
3:39 pm

Clarification: 400,000 arrests estimated for the 18 county metropolitan area for 2012, based on Gwinnett, which has been 37,000 to 40,000 arrests annually for the last couple years.

phil

April 2nd, 2012
3:54 pm

Looks like another one we can really count on!! Always good to get ripped the night before you’re needed to pitch.

Idiot.

phil

April 2nd, 2012
3:56 pm

GoBravos124

April 2nd, 2012
3:36 pm

Who cares? Everyone gets a DUI or 2 in their lifetime, it shouldn’t be blown up out of proportion just because he’s a professional athlete. .13 isn’t even that bad, he probably had like 2-3 drinks & blew that,man just can’t handle his booze.
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No, everyone does not, bonehead. It’s the fools like you that jeopardize the rest of us out on the roads. Nothing cavalier or humorous about DUI. Until the laws change and these idiots are locked up under the jail for a few months, it won’t stop. Even then, I doubt it would.

Farnsworthy

April 2nd, 2012
4:03 pm

Come on guys! Let’s put the blame where it surely belongs!
It was the all the coaches fault. And where was the GM? And we bloggers share some of the blame. It was all of society’s fault.

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
4:04 pm

55 minutes to Happy Hour……………….

bostonbravo

April 2nd, 2012
4:05 pm

as I look at this lineup for the season…I can understand how any Braves player may have to drown his sorrows in too many brewskis…

bostonbravo

April 2nd, 2012
4:07 pm

obviously Obama is to blame…

Ted M

April 2nd, 2012
4:13 pm

680 the fan said the Braves have already released Martinez

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
4:17 pm

Obama is what makes me drink………………………

CrαZy

April 2nd, 2012
4:26 pm

Braves say Cristhian Martinez (DUI) will be required to be evaluated by independent professional

Which is about all they can make him do under the MLB / MLBPA agreement for players that get DUI’s.

Dav

April 2nd, 2012
4:27 pm

DUM ASS ! SEND HIM TO MINORS A WHILE! A MONTH OF A BALL SHOULD GET HIS ATTENTION…..

Disgusted

April 2nd, 2012
4:29 pm

They’ll be doin a lot more boozin before the season is done. Baleedat!

PureEvil

April 2nd, 2012
4:32 pm

DUM ASS ! SEND HIM TO MINORS A WHILE! A MONTH OF A BALL SHOULD GET HIS ATTENTION….

U no be calling others dum ass if can’t type complete sentence!!!

You can't handle the truth

April 2nd, 2012
4:34 pm

Soon enough the loudest hypocrites will find themselves guilty of the same offense. Only a matter of time.
You don’t have to be drunk to get a DUI. Have that glass of wine while out at dinner, get pulled over for speeding or broken light or whatever, and you too can be found over the limit once the cop smells that odor of alcohol.

FM Fats

April 2nd, 2012
4:38 pm

Was whoever filled out his birth certificate drunk, too?

You can't handle the truth

April 2nd, 2012
4:40 pm

many people are not drunk when they get a DUI….But due to a very low limit on the books, you can be judged guilty.
And many stops are not because someone was driving erratically, as if drunk. Most are for other offenses. Such as a light out, expired tag, speeding, etc. Normal traffic offenses for reasons of being pulled over.

Go Go Pilots

April 2nd, 2012
4:44 pm

So far as same Freddi sleeps Martinez is drunk and arrested sounds great for fact on was radio had promo for 2012./….A season to remember your 2012 yep its goin be a long season as mark Richt i mean freddi GonzGonzalez’s rights ship and chipper jones will say we better then Fish and phillies as he watch them swept us out of Miami new park…..79-83 season for us well at least mets will clinch last first at 57-105 season!

PureEvil

April 2nd, 2012
4:45 pm

I such a Bad A… I drink and drive for the challenge!!!

glass houses

April 2nd, 2012
4:49 pm

You people seem to have more sympathy for the violent criminal than you do a person that gets a DUI with an .08 level.
99.9% of people are not even close to being impaired at that level.
May you luck out with not being caught in your life, although I’ll bet you’ve already driven after drinking many times in your life already and condemn others for the same actions you’ve done.

PureEvil

April 2nd, 2012
4:58 pm

I’m such a bad A…. when I get pulled over for driving drunk, I let the Cop off with a warning!!

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
4:58 pm

Two minutes to Happy Hour ! ! ! ! !

PureEvil

April 2nd, 2012
5:00 pm

Can someone drive me to the bar so I can get drunk enough to drive!!!!

Darryl Strawberry

April 2nd, 2012
5:02 pm

Back about thirty-five +years ago when things weren’t so strict, my local bar would have an all-you-could drink for $5 between 5:00 & 6:00. I took advantage and knocked down about 20 Black Jacks. Those were the days………………….(I think I was over the limit………………..)

Ken Stallings

April 2nd, 2012
5:05 pm

Jeff Porter’s wife was killed by a criminal act, in that case a cop using his cruiser in an emergency response mode without use of siren and lights. Similarity being both that acts were willful and highly negligent violations of law the stark difference is in this latest case it was not tragic!

I suppose it can make one in a basement feel better of himself to insult others on a blog he doesn’t even own, but I fail to see how.

timbo slice

April 2nd, 2012
5:13 pm

hope this doesn’t cost him his job. I’m sure it won’t, but still. He’s been one of my favorites ever since his extra innings heroics last year.

John Rocker

April 2nd, 2012
5:15 pm

He should always use the drunk lane on I-85, it has padded guard rails, no speed limit.

greg

April 2nd, 2012
5:35 pm

What happened is the poor fellow had his air conditioning fixed by Coolray, and realized it was half a year’s salary. He asked how come the bill was so high and Collray said how do you think we can afford to put our name on baseball stadiums.

jimboooiieii

April 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Could NOT stop laughing. Great news!

EB

April 2nd, 2012
6:09 pm

Typical Braves news these days and always at the perfect times!! These are the things that usually start the season off wrong and add to the issues we seem to fight over & over. Need to get this figured out soon and FIX IT!!

black boortz

April 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

Were there any ladders on the vehicle?

Face Facts

April 2nd, 2012
6:35 pm

If you get a dui – you are the one to blame and no one else. You know better. Nobody put a gun to your head and forced you to get drunk. That’s the problem with pro sports – instead of making the perp responsible they blame the coach. And yell for the coach’s job. You are responsible for your own actions and the consequences for those actions.

Face Facts

April 2nd, 2012
6:35 pm

If you get a dui – you are the one to blame and no one else. You know better. Nobody put a gun to your head and forced you to get drunk. That’s the problem with pro sports – instead of making the perp responsible they blame the coach. And yell for the coach’s job. You are responsible for your own actions and the consequences for those actions.

phil

April 2nd, 2012
6:49 pm

And face facts is responsible for his double post….

Release Martinez!!

Georgia Born

April 2nd, 2012
6:56 pm

You know what’s fun. When you drink a case then ride with your lights off. That’s awesome night even better then cow tipping or sleeping with your sister.

cowdogit

April 2nd, 2012
7:02 pm

I been waiting three days for you suckups to tell me something postive that Roger McDowell has accomplished in the six years as the braves pitching coach. Go ahead make my day.

Farnsworthy

April 2nd, 2012
7:02 pm

We should blame the entire alcoholic beverage industry. And all the ABC/grocery stores that sell it. Also the bartenders and bar owners. And all of us who ever imbibed. Why didn’t the bar patrons stop him from drinking? What about his friends?

You know, I think Martinez just might have a law suit here.

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April 2nd, 2012
7:46 pm

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April 2nd, 2012
7:47 pm

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san diego steve

April 2nd, 2012
7:59 pm

This sort of thing used to happen more in the past but it was never reported as it is today with our 24/7 news cycle. I’m not going to judge anyone but I do know this – If you’re only making the major league minimum then you can always afford a taxi. If you’ve signed a huge contract the you can afford to hire your on driver.

joe in tucker

April 2nd, 2012
8:08 pm

great, another athlete messing up – dumbasses…yawn…

labalt

April 2nd, 2012
9:25 pm

yeah..furcal had this happen a few years ago with the braves and brian hunter in 1991 i believe

larry

April 2nd, 2012
9:27 pm

its bushes fault

labalt

April 2nd, 2012
9:28 pm

along with furcal and hunter, bernard gilkey in 2001 i think got a dui while with atlanta

Joe 12-Pack

April 2nd, 2012
10:40 pm

chopp'nunhappy

April 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

Why was Martinez in Atlanta instead of Orlando??

Brava

April 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

Hate to hear about this, Martinez seems to be a good guy. I’m sure he was happy to be back from Spring Training and celebrated a bit too much. We all make mistakes and maybe he’ll learn from this and call a taxi the next time. Glad no one got hurt.

Last thing, blaming this on Fredi is ridiculous. C-Mart is a 30 year old man and is responsible for his own actions.

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