It’s hard to say what would have become of Elijah Dukes if he ever managed to deliver on the promise of the skills he was blessed with. The former Tampa Bay
Devil Rays and Washington Nationals outfielder could be coming off of his age 27 year right now, possibly with some Mark Reynolds-esque power and walk totals to his credit, albeit with a shred of plate discipline that may have propelled him to an everyday job in baseball. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, we are left with a story rooted in “what could have been” and “waste of talent”.
Dukes was arrested in Tampa late Monday night on account of several drug and traffic related charges. Via the Tampa Bay Times:
“Dukes faces a driving with a cancelled or revoked license charge. He was also arrested on several warrants for failure to appear in court for marijuana possession, tampering with physical evidence possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a cancelled or revoked license charges.”
Dukes, whose run-ins with the law have been well documented and routinely disquieting, last played Major League Baseball in 2009 with the Nationals. He enjoyed moderate success with the club in 2008, hitting .264/.386/.478 with 13 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 81 games. The Nationals released Dukes in the spring of 2010, calling it a “performance-based decision” following a less than inspiring 2009 season.
We’re not going to see Elijah Dukes on a baseball field again. Sadly, though, we probably haven’t heard the last of him.
Via Jason Collette