Lefty Omar Luis arrested for DUI in Tampa

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Left-handed pitching prospect Omar Luis was arrested for driving under the influence in Tampa early Friday morning, reports the Tampa Tribune. It took two police cars to pull him over after he drove the wrong way down not one, but two one-way streets. He registered a 0.102 blood-alcohol level compared to the 0.08 legal limit. Luis was released after posting bail.

The Yankees signed the 21-year-old southpaw in July 2012 for $2.5M, their final big money international signing before the new spending restrictions were implemented. He originally agreed to a $4M bonus, but it was reduced after something popped up in his physical. Luis defected from Cuba two years ago and made his pro debut in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League last summer. DUI is very bad and hopefully he is punished accordingly.

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  • Aroid

    .08 is the league minimum? Major leaguers know how to party.

  • Ed

    He registered a 0.102 blood-alcohol level compared to the 0.08 league minimum.

    Wow, that’s the sort of rule you’d expect to see in fraternity games, not a professional league!

  • forensic

    He registered a 0.102 blood-alcohol level compared to the 0.08 league minimum.

    League minimum? Methinks you’ve got baseball on the brain, Mike. Need a break before ST? :-)

  • PunkPitch

    A ballplayer with a name containing two first names deserves a second chance to clear his name(s).

  • RetroRob

    Florida, where pro baseball players go to drink and drive.

    Maybe he’s buddy buddy with the Beibs…

  • Dalek Jeter

    What an ass. Throw the book at him.

    • whozat

      Miguel Cabrera forced 2 cars off the road and waved a whiskey bottle at his arresting officer when he got his DUI. He got off with a year of probation and a less than $1500 fine.

      But remember, kids, it’s PED users that are the true blight on MLB. They’re so morally bankrupt!

      • Dalek Jeter

        Also an ass. Drunk/DUI of Drugs is one of the stupidest and most selfish things you can do. At least when you use hard drugs and don’t drive, you’re only endangering yourself. If you have more than 1 drink an hour just don’t fucking drive, it’s that simple.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Hey, two beers in one hour and then maintaining is fine to drive.

          Anything more than that is idiotic, though.

  • Giorgio

    “He registered a 0.102 blood-alcohol level compared to the 0.08 league minimum.” I assume he meant league average. That would be a 1.275 rAA.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    I know a a dude who had a .4 and he was still bouncin around. Shame he doesnt play ball

  • Daleks Rodriguez

    Every time a player on a team’s 40-man gets a DUI/DWI the team should be made to forfeit a draft pick (say the 1st penalty erases the 5th pick, …, 5th penalty the first pick).

    I don’t think that’s more unfair than penalizing teams for having players test positive for PEDs.

    • Dalek Jeter

      DA TEAM HAZ TO BE RESPONZIBLE FOR PEDS IT ONLY MAKES SENSE!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      That’s ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Criminal misconduct outside the scope of employment has no legitimate basis in applying respondeat superior.

    • Giorgio

      Every time an elected official is convicted of taking a bribe, his party is not allowed to run a candidate in an upcoming election. First offense, County Supervisor…

  • Tanuki Tanaka (Formerly Bob Buttons)

    One day, someone else will pitch a no hitter while hung over.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I’m not trying to be holier-than-thou, but I’m also not going to sit here and be an apologist…

    Regardless of the legal ramifications, shouldn’t the fucking organization (as well as MLB obviously) start being proactive seeing as this is the 3rd DUI just in Tampa?

    MLB, yes they need to start considering suspensions. The criminal justice system will mete out punishment accordingly as well. But Yankees. Come fucking on, Yankees. Ze kidz are not taking this shit seriously for some reason.

    • FloridaMan

      Have you been to Tampa? DUI is pretty much the only attraction.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Second DUI. Mason was under the legal limit. Either he was a dick when he got pulled over, or it was a straight DWB.

  • will

    someone is about 4-8k poorer and hunger over today

  • will

    hung over ^

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Exactly. Move on, pay the price, get back out on that mound, and let’s not have it happen again.

  • LarryM FL

    Luis should be punished by the state and his employers. So he remembers his reckless behavior. We read the results being .102 which means about 6 drinks in one hour. We know that did not occur. The usual behavior is over a course of a few hours or an evening. So if the kidneys process 1 0z.(.02) of alcohol per hour you do the math. He probably had about 10 drinks plus over the course of an evening.

    If anyone has seen the results of DWI accidents especially to the innocent victims. Luis deserves a punishment worthy of his actions. He should be thankful for hurting no one.

  • Yankee Fan 1

    Not much pisses me off more than a DUI. $2.5 million bonus and you can’t call a cab? Inexcusable.

  • soxhata

    21 years old.Quit throwing stones,and try to remember how immature you were at 21.

    • Dicka24

      Exactly. Imagine being 21 again, only with $2.5 million in your pocket, and the “I play for the Yankees” angle to toss around. Doesn’t excuse what he did, but few 21 year olds are perfect. Hopefully the kids learns from this mistake, and calls a cab next time.

    • LarryM Fl

      That is not the answer. 21 is a man. Men are not perfect understandable but it is no excuse!

  • Dicka24

    It’s not wise to drink and drive, but virtually everyone has a drink or two and drives home. The legal limit used to be .10, and maybe even .12 in some states when I was younger. Florida is notorious too for snagging people for DUI. I have a house down in southwest Florida and the cops are waiting in the parking lots at bars and clubs, walking around, following the drunks to their cars. They even have these portable towers that they stand in, 30 feet above the road, looking down at people to pull over. We always try to use a designated driver down there.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Omar Luis was clearly drunk, though. This isn’t a Mason Williams “had two beers, waited an hour and then drove home” situation.

  • D23

    Maybe I am looking into this too much but what is it with the prospects and several former yanks with DWI/DUI in Tampa? This kid has potential and bascially effed up big time. Luckily he didnt hurt anyone else.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      People are idiots.