Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:26 am
Edited on: February 23, 2012 11:02 am
By Matt Snyder
Elijah Dukes was once a third round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays and at one point was considered one of the better prospects in baseball. Unfortunately, he's become an illustration that God-given talent doesn't guarantee success in life. Dukes, 27, has reportedly been arrested again.
According to RaysIndex.com, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office arrested Dukes at 1 a.m. Thursday on several charges, including possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and attempt to destroy evidence.
And with this being Dukes, it couldn't just be a boring, run-of-the-mill arrest. No, his "attempt to destroy evidence" was actually him trying to hurry and eat the bag of pot before the cops saw it (via TBO.com).
Dukes has now been arrested many times. A few of those have been for driving with a suspended license, while he's been charged with failure to pay child support and also for assaulting a pregnant girlfriend. Most notorious, though, was when he threatened to kill his wife and children, leaving his wife a voice mail that said, among other things, "you dead, dawg."
Dukes hasn't played in the majors since 2009. He played for the Newark Bears in Independent ball in 2010, hitting .366 in 28 games.
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Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:34 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 8:35 pm
By Evan Brunell
1. 3B Chipper Jones, ATL: 2 AB, 1 R, 1 H. For the first time since tearing his ACL, Chipper Jones played first base in a game Thursday, and things turned out just fine. Jones has made a rapid return from surgery and is trying to get used to playing the field again. He fielded a grounder flawlessly and also caught a popup in his four innings of work.
2. SP Brett Cecil, TOR: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Quite an impressive game for Cecil, even if it is spring training. The youngster is gearing up for his first full season in the majors and is excited to see manager John Farrell allowing him to throw 60 pitches. "The way I see it, [60 pitches] is just a glimpse of the future of how [Farrell] is going to let us pitchers go deeper into the game," Cecil told the AP. Even though we got a little bit of a high pitch count, I'm extremely happy."
3. SP Neftali Feliz, TEX: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Not a bad start for Feliz, who is attempting to convert from closing to starting. The AL Rookie of the Year churned out 36 pitches but is still working on feeling out how much effort to expend with each pitch to ensure he can go deep in games. "I need to find my pace so I can go longer," Feliz said via a translator according to the AP. "I don't know how hard to go so that I can go longer."
1. SP Randy Wolf, MIL: 1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Yuck. Not a pretty start for Wolf, but it's still very early and he's likely still rounding into game shape. He's no longer being looked at to top the rotation with the additions of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum along with the ascension of Yovani Gallardo, but the Brew Crew still needs a strong season from the lefty in the quest for the division title.
2. SP Troy Tulowitzki, COL: 2 AB, 0 H, 0 R, 0 RBI, 1 K. Tulowitzki was forced to leave the game after whiffing on an awkward swing to end the fourth inning. He was later diagnosed with a bruised right heel, but any injury -- no matter how slight -- to the Rockies' new multi-millionaire and face of the franchise is nothing to feel good about.
3. RF Elijah Dukes, FAIL: Hit pregnant ex-girlfriend. OK, so it was a bit humorous earlier this offseason when word surfaced that Dukes had "retired" from baseball and was intent on a new career as a rapper named Fly Eli. But will Dukes ever learn? He's fathered multiple children by multiple mothers, has a history of violence and threw away a career in the majors. Has he learned? Nope. Will he ever learn? Doesn't look like it. Unfortunately, it may be time to write Dukes off as a redeeming member of society.
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:01 pm
Elijah Dukes is only 26, but he has packed a lot into those years. He was a hot-shot baseball prospect, washed out after 240 big-league games, has six children by four different women, ran through most of his money and now is reinventing himself as a rapper called Fly Eli.
The Tampa Tribune is coming out with a profile on Dukes, who was a third-round pick of the (then-Devil) Rays in 2002 and released by the Nationals in March, in tomorrow's editions. But the paper has a teaser up for the story on its website, and it sounds like a humdinger.
He says he was blackballed by baseball after he came forward last year with allegations that fellow ballplayers were smuggling drugs onto chartered aircraft, using drugs in hotel rooms after flights and how he would sometimes smoke marijuana before home games when he played for the Washington Nationals.So if you've ever wondered to yourself, "Say, what ever happened to that Elijah Dukes kid?" well, that's what happened.
-- David Andriesen