Manny Ramirez: 10 Former MLB Stars with Disgraceful Arrests After Retirement

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 19, 2011

Manny Ramirez: 10 Former MLB Stars with Disgraceful Arrests After Retirement

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    Manny Ramirez's recent arrest is a stark reminder that any tail-spin in a sports player's antics always wind up spinning out of control with enough time. But Manny Ramirez isn't the only MLB player who has dealt with disgraceful arrests after retirement.

    Today, I want to revisit the black eye portion of MLB history, and see what other MLB stars suffered the same fate as Manny.


Curtis Leskanic

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    Leskanic's claim to fame was after the Boston Red Sox picked him up after a disastrous season with the Kansas City Royals, he appeared three times during the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees and was awarded with the Game 4 win.

    That wonderful time in space was completely erased when Leskanic was arrested in Florida after driving around with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit (.331 instead of the state legal limit of .08).

    To add insult to injury, Leskanic was also charged with child neglect because his five-year-old daughter was asleep in the vehicle.

Denny McLain

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    Denny McLain (featured in the center of this photo) was a historic pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, leading them to a World Series in 1968 going 31-6.

    He's also the last MLB pitcher to win 30 or more games in a season.

    But this incredible career feat, and otherwise memorable career was marred when McLane was charged alongside mobsters Anthony Spilotro and John Gotti Jr. with counts of drug trafficking, embezzlement and racketeering,

Mark Grace

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    His fame as a Chicago Cub is un-mistakeable, and his time as an Arizona Diamondback was unforgettable as well.

    While with Chicago, Grace was one of the most consistent and steady hitters in team history, compiling almost 2,500 hits in 16 seasons. Grace also added a career on-base percentage of .383 and collected four Gold Glove Awards.

    As a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Grace continued his storied success helping them win in the 2001 World Series.

    Grace eventually went on to adore fans with his voice as another rising great announcer. 

    However, Grace was recently arrested for DUI, and although it may seem minor in comparison to the other events, when you are talking about someone like Grace, even the most minor offense looks disgraceful.

Pete Rose

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    "Charlie Hustle's" name preceded him in 1990 when Rose was arrested for tax evasion. and then later admitted to betting on games while managing for the Reds (un-arrested).

    It's incredibly embarrassing for one of the most famous players in Phillies' history. People make mistakes, yes, but this one was almost globally unforgiven and with good reason.

    His actions have also prevented him from ever entering the Hall of Fame.

Jim Leyritz

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    Sometimes a disgraceful arrest also shows itself to be a tragic one, such as in the case of New York Yankees playoff hero Jim Leyritz.

    Leyritz was arrested in 2007 on charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after his car struck another vehicle, killing the driver.

    The interesting twist on this story is that both drivers were drunk, according to the reports.

    Leyritz's BAC level after the crash registered at 0.14, but the victim—who was returning home from her bartending job—had a BAC of 0.18.

    Leyritz was acquitted of the DUI manslaughter charge late in 2010.

    But then again, Leyritz was also arrested in 2009 on a separate charge for battery against his former wife.

Kevin Mitchell

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    Kevin Mitchell was widely known for his ability to play every position in the outfield (as shown by his nickname "World") but he was also known for his personal instability.

    Like being suspended for nine games for punching the opposing team's owner in the mouth in an all-out brawl in 1999 (minors).

    After retirement, Mitchell was arrested in 1999 for assaulting his father during an argument.

    In 2010, Mitchell was arrested for alleged misdemeanor battery at the Bonita Golf Club in Bonita, California.

    Both accounts being as embarrassing as they come.

Byron McLaughlin

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    McLaughlin wasn't your prototypical star, but to Seattle fans at the time, he was a serviceable player for the organization.

    But Byron McLaughlin's limited success in the majors was totally erased after being arrested for making counterfeit shoes and money laundering.

    In a deal with Korean business men, Byron McLaughlin made deals to furnish shoes that were marketed as brand name products such as Converse and Adidas.

    Byron McLaughlin pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, and soon fled the country before being sentenced and hasn't been seen since.

Carl Everett

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    "Jurassic Carl" is at it again.

    Carl Everett—one of the more outspoken players in history— retired from MLB after the 2006 season, but found himself the center of attention after being arrested in 2011.

    The charge?  Everett was cuffed at his abode in sunny Tampa Bay on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness.

    The man apparently held a handgun to the head of his wife despite curiously being dressed in a Barney costume at the time of the event.

Lenny Dykstra

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    Lenny Dykstra has been arrested more times than Al Capone.

    In the more recent example of Dykstra's embarrassing counts, he was slapped with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto and possession of cocaine, ecstasy and human growth hormones.

    In addition to that rap sheet, Dykstra has also been arrested for sexual assault and writing a bad check to a prostitute.

Darryl Strawberry

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    There is no way baseball fans can ever forget about Darryl Strawberry and what he was capable of, and displayed, every time he stepped out onto the field.

    His power and speed was only intermittently trumped by his defense, making him one of the best all-around MLB players of all-time.

    Unfortunately, his legal record is a constant reminder that even a great player can fall victim to bad decisions.

    Strawberry has been arrested for soliciting sex from a policewoman, failure to make child support payments, getting in a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel due to too much pain killers and drug problems.

    What I can say is that the man also dealt with some serious issues such as colon cancer, a failed marriage and even a loss of will to live.

    These aren't excuses, but they are examples of a man who was dealt some severe issues that helped in the poor decision process he displayed.

    He wasn't a terrible guy, just a guy with horrible luck, and even worse decision making ability.