Florida State freshman designated hitter John Holland has been suspended from the team indefinitely prior to Tuesday's College World Series elimination game against UCLA, according to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America. He tweeted this on Tuesday morning:
#FSU suspended John Holland indefinitely after he was arrested for shoplifting Monday. Mike Martin called it "a serious error in judgment."— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 19, 2012
This news comes after Holland and his brother were arrested in Omaha, Neb. on Monday afternoon for shoplifting at a sporting goods store, according to WOWT-TV Channel 6.
Police say Scheels employees saw both men change price tags on some merchandise with the intent of paying a lower price...The loss prevention specialists at Scheels indicated they wanted to prosecute so John and Steve Holland were booked in the Douglas County Jail because they are not local residents.
The same report cites a source with FSU saying the charges against Holland have already been dropped.
However, Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy "confirmed with Channel 6 News that both brothers pled guilty to the charges and were fined $50."
Will the loss of Holland hurt FSU vs. UCLA?
Holland played in 41 games this season, including 16 starts, hitting .243/.378/.351 with 10 RBIs. He has gone 1-for-6 with six walks in four games in the College World Series.
Fitt's quote from FSU head coach Mike Martin makes it sound like Holland won't be around for the remainder of the postseason.
Needless to say, Holland is going to have a lot of work to do to get back in the good graces of his coaches and teammates.