While the Colorado Rockies were seriously concerned by their star prospect's lack of success on the field last season, the trouble 23-year-old pitcher Alex White got himself in off the field is a far bigger issue now.
White was arrested Saturday night near the team’s spring training facility in Arizona for DUI. The pitcher claimed to police, and to team officials afterwards, that he had very minimal amounts of alcohol in his system, but that may have been a lie.
The Colorado pitcher may now be facing charges of "extreme DUI."
Rockies’ insider Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post is reporting about the circumstances of the change in DUI charges:
Should the Colorado Rockies pull the plug on Alex White?
A breath test administered after White was pulled over Saturday night measured his blood-alcohol content at 0.174 percent, according to the arrest report. If blood tests confirm the results of the roadside breath test, White will be charged with extreme DUI, a police spokesman said. Under Arizona law, the term "extreme DUI" is being used for anything over 0.15. White told Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd that he had two drinks before his arrest.
According to documents found from a local Arizona law firm's website, the increase in severity of the charges could result in possible jail time. While it is unclear if this is White’s first offense or not, the "extreme DUI" charge carries with it much more severe punishments than just a standard DUI.
Not only could this be the beginning of the end for White in Colorado, it could be the end of his baseball career if he doesn’t use this as motivation and as a learning experience.
After allowing 34 earned runs in 36.1 innings last season with the Rockies, the former first-round pick may have needed a wakeup call as severe as this to take his career seriously. Sometimes players need to hit rock bottom before they can turn into stars.
Just ask Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.
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