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Offline Kenz aFan

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Devil Rays grant Dukes a "personal day" off
« Topic Start: June 13, 2007, 08:53:36 PM »
Devil Rays grant Dukes a "personal day" off
By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
June 13, 2007

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Troubled Tampa Bay outfielder Elijah Dukes was not in uniform for the Devil Rays game Wednesday night against San Diego following another wave of media reports detailing his problems off the field.

Manager Joe Maddon said the 22-year-old rookie was given a "personal day" and would not be at Tropicana Field after it was revealed that a pregnant 18-year-old girl is claiming that Dukes is the father of her unborn child.

The St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune reported the girl was 17 at the time she said she became pregnant while in the foster care of one of Dukes' relatives, but that investigators concluded no laws were broken.

Under Florida law, adults up to the age of 23 are allowed to have consensual sex with 16- and 17-year-olds.

"He's not going to be here today and we're going to play one man short. ... We gave him a personal day, and we're going to leave it at that," Maddon said, adding that vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman had informed him that Dukes would not be at the ball park.

Friedman was not available for comment before Wednesday night's game, but issued a one sentence statement.

"After conversations with Elijah and his agent today, the organization approved elijah's absence tonight," Friedman said.

Dukes was benched for two games last month after his estranged wife sought a restraining order after being threatened by the player, who later apologized to his family, the team and fans for the distraction caused by his situation off the field.

Delmon Young was shifted from right field to center in Dukes' absence. Maddon said he was not sure if Dukes would return Thursday for the finale of a three-game series against the Padres.

"I have to talk to Andrew more about that to really understand what we're going to do and what's going on with the whole situation," Maddon said.

Dukes, who has started 46 games, is hitting .193 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs.

SOURCE: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-devilrays-dukes&prov=ap&type=lgns

Offline kimnat

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Re: Devil Rays grant Dukes a "personal day" off
« Reply #1: June 13, 2007, 09:01:43 PM »
Ok Dukes fans, seeing his average, remind me again why we could possibly be interested in him???  Esp when these personal issues are added in the picture.

Offline Dave B

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Re: Devil Rays grant Dukes a "personal day" off
« Reply #2: June 13, 2007, 10:18:00 PM »
Ok Dukes fans, seeing his average, remind me again why we could possibly be interested in him???  Esp when these personal issues are added in the picture.

its a very small sample size and his OBP is decent, but still kinda low. he does have 10HR however in only 181 AB

he is a rookie and is only 22, a little older than zimmerman. so still pretty much a baby in the developmet stages of his talent

his past minor league stats are very good and probably a better indicator of his 181 AB this year

he plays CF, a position where we are sorely lacking

its admittedly a risk. in a talent for talent trade scenario we give up less talent for more talent plus baggage.  the talent we  might have to part with is probably replaceable. if dukes screws up we toss him and probably didnt lose much anyway

Offline Kenz aFan

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Re: Devil Rays grant Dukes a "personal day" off
« Reply #3: June 13, 2007, 11:10:53 PM »
Kudos on an excellent explanation

Re: Devil Rays grant Dukes a "personal day" off
« Reply #4: June 13, 2007, 11:23:32 PM »
Oh for Pete's sake, lets just do it.  Just go and get him.

The first homerun he hits or the first web gem that graces the TV will have all the anti-Dukes licking his cleats.  It happened with Young, it happened with Belliard, it happened with ($0)rian0, it happened with Guillen.  The same will happen with Dukes.

And yes, good explanation Dave.

Offline shoeshineboy

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Re: Devil Rays grant Dukes a "personal day" off
« Reply #5: June 14, 2007, 03:18:10 PM »
its a very small sample size and his OBP is decent, but still kinda low. he does have 10HR however in only 181 AB

Also, that "decent" OBP is better than all regulars on our team but Young, Guzman, and Church.