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Mike Leake of Cincinnati Reds Arrested for Shoplifting

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 10:  Starting pitcher Mike Leake #44 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Reds 10-8.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIApril 19, 2011

I’ll put this in the “What on earth were they thinking?” category.

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Reds RHP Mike Leake was arrested at 2:00 pm on Monday after police say Leake stole about $60 worth of T-shirts from a downtown Macy’s store. He was arrested at 2:00 pm and booked into the jail at 2:32 pm.

The Enquirer is reporting that Leake was caught on camera removing security tags from six American Rag T-shirts, valued at $59.88, and walking out of the store without paying for them. He faces misdemeanor charges carrying a maximum sentence of 180 days.

Two things are really puzzling here.

First, Leake makes $425,000 a year, so why he felt the need to steal $60 worth of shirts is beyond me. If he was in a bind, then he could have asked Scott Rolen to borrow some money. I no idea if Leake and Rolen are tight, but Rolen has certainly made enough money in his life to loan Leake $60.

Second, American Rag? Really?

I think it’s called American Rag because you probably want to use the shirts to clean your floor if you spill something. Sorry, but these shirts are worse than anything Gap puts on its sale rack.

Leake is supposed to start Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but no word yet if he is going to make that start.

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