Why Major League Baseball Dropped the Ball in Gallardo DUI Case

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2013

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 18: Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers is greeted by teammates after hitting a two run home run off of Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants in the second inning at Miller Park on April 18, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo was grinning from ear-to-ear on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park in his team's game against the San Francisco Giants—and he had the right to be. 

Gallardo helped his team in both major aspects of the game by pitching six strong innings and hitting a home run in third inning of the Brewers' 7-2 win. 

The 27-year-old hurler also had to be pleased with how easily he avoided a suspension from the league office after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving early Tuesday morning (via ESPN). 

According to that same ESPN report, Gallardo's blood-alcohol level was 0.22, which is three times the legal limit. 

No person should ever be let off as easy as Gallardo was for his inexcusable behavior. It was an embarrassment to not only him but to the entire Brewers organization. 

Yes, I am fully aware that Gallardo issued an apology, but that was not enough to the case on this incident (via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). 

Major League Baseball should have made an example out of Gallardo for his careless behavior. While I am not sure what exactly goes on behind the closed doors of the league office, a suspension should have been handed down to the Brewers' right-hander. 

Any other reasonable employer would have already either terminated the contract of or at least reprimanded an employee for such behavior.

However, Major League Baseball has done neither and has made it acceptable to go out and get arrested for this ludicrous behavior without facing any punishment. 

As one of America's major sports leagues, Major League Baseball dropped the ball in a major way with the Gallardo situation and once again proved that if a player makes millions of dollars and is successful for his respective team, he can do whatever he wants out in society. 

We have already seen tragic events occur with athletes from other major sports that have been alcohol related in the last six months. Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent ended up killing a teammate, Jerry Brown Jr., because of his carelessness behind the wheel while intoxicated (via cbsnews.com). 

We do not need another tragedy like that to happen in American sports but the MLB is leaving the door wide open for just that to occur. 

By handing down zero amount of punishment, Major League Baseball is telling its players it's okay to go out and drive drunk because they will not punish you based on the Gallardo incident.

While many sensible players will not take this an invitation to go out and screw up in the public eye, there are some boneheads out there that will push the buttons of the league office down the road. 

Commissioner Bud Selig lost a chance to be applauded for his efforts to curb drunk driving among his players, and in the process, he and the higher-ups in Major League Baseball lost plenty of respect from a group of fans, including myself. 


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