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Friday, March 02, 2012

Former Yankees prospect Brien Taylor arrested for cocaine trafficking

Smoke blowing…

As most folks know, his career flamed out not long after he severely injured his shoulder in an offseason fight.  Since then he’s meandered through life, worked odd jobs and has occasionally popped up in the news due to various legal troubles.

Now he has a far bigger set of legal troubles than he has ever faced.  This, via Deadspin, from the JD News in Jacksonville, North Carolina:

  Taylor is charged with two counts each of trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking in cocaine by sell, trafficking in cocaine by deliver, trafficking in cocaine by manufacture, trafficking in cocaine by transport, and felony maintaining a vehicle.

  He is also charged with one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and sell and deliver cocaine.

Repoz Posted: March 02, 2012 at 01:36 PM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zonk Posted: March 02, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4072796)
So... does this mean I should finally just go ahead and cut him from my roto farm team?
   2. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4072818)
Kinda makes you wonder if he'd have flamed out due to off-field issues even if he hadn't wrecked his shoulder.
   3. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: March 02, 2012 at 02:07 PM (#4072822)
"felony maintaining a vehicle"?
   4. UCCF Posted: March 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4072824)
So... does this mean I should finally just go ahead and cut him from my roto farm team?

I can probably get rid of his rookie cards now too.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM (#4072826)

Kinda makes you wonder if he'd have flamed out due to off-field issues even if he hadn't wrecked his shoulder.


It could be he didn't have a college education, didn't know how to handle his finances, and had difficulty dealing with being so highly touted one moment, and unemployed the next. Its not like his skills easily transferred to the general workplace.

Or maybe he would have hung out with Daryl Strawberry too much. Who knows.
   6. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: March 02, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4072838)
It could be he didn't have a college education ...

What a snob!
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4072855)
"felony maintaining a vehicle"?


Just trying to keep it between the white lines, officer.
   8. The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: March 02, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4072861)
Just trying to keep it between the white lines, officer.


That's one way to define "cocaine traffic."
   9. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM (#4072863)
Taylor is charged with two counts each of trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking in cocaine by sell, trafficking in cocaine by deliver, trafficking in cocaine by manufacture, trafficking in cocaine by transport, and felony maintaining a vehicle.

He is also charged with one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and sell and deliver cocaine.


But it was his texting while making deliveries that really brought down the law.
   10. Bug Selig Posted: March 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4072879)
As most folks know, his career flamed out not long after he severely injured his shoulder in an offseason fight.


I thought it was a baseball fight.
   11. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: March 02, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4072886)
"felony maintaining a vehicle"?

I was wandering what that one was as well. So far the best thing I have come up with are mounted rocket launchers.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: March 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4072897)
"felony maintaining a vehicle"?

It is against NC law to have more than two broken-down cars on the front lawn.
   13. just plain joe Posted: March 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4072906)
It is against NC law to have more than two broken-down cars on the front lawn.


If that were the law in say, Alabama, or West Virginia, half the population could be facing charges.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: March 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4072907)
From the UNC School of Government:

It applies to dwellings, cars, boats, etc. and it is illegal to "maintain" for prohibited purposes (e.g. drug dealing). According to this, felony maintaining was charged in NC 14,000 in 2010 alone. Probably all part of property seizure.

OK, the relevant bit is in Part II (plug in vehicle for dwelling)

The crime of maintaining a dwelling has four elements. To be guilty, a person must:

(1) knowingly

(2) keep or maintain

(3) a store, shop, warehouse, dwelling house, building, vehicle, boat, aircraft, or other place

(4) (a) being resorted to by persons unlawfully using controlled substances or

(b) being used for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances.

In (2), they have to prove you "maintained" it (own, make payments on, etc). In 4(b), the term “keeping” “denotes not just possession, but possession that occurs over a duration of time.”
   15. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: March 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4072912)
From the UNC School of Government:


Awww. You're no fun. I was trying to work my way up to a church tank cameo there...
   16. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM (#4072914)
If that were the law in say, Alabama, or West Virginia, half the population could be facing charges.


Except that most of the people I know here in central 'Bama could probably get off on a technicality: Pickups ain't cars.
   17. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4072919)
It is against NC law to have more than two broken-down cars on the front lawn.


If that were the law in say, Alabama, or West Virginia, half the population could be facing charges.


this may be true, but I see this everywhere, big cities (northern ones too), small towns, etc.
   18. Mike Emeigh Posted: March 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4072945)
Kinda makes you wonder if he'd have flamed out due to off-field issues even if he hadn't wrecked his shoulder.


He might very well have. The shoulder injury was originally suffered as a result of a confrontation following a bar fight between Taylor's brother and another man. The story handed out at the time was that Taylor was an innocent bystander who was hurt defending his brother, but the reality is that Taylor and his brother went to the man's home after the original fight and confronted him there.

-- MWE
   19. Tuque Posted: March 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4072954)
"felony maintaining a vehicle"?

I was thinking Arthur Weasley with this flying Ford Anglia.
   20. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: March 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM (#4072970)
Mike, go on...
   21. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 05:14 PM (#4072976)
The story handed out at the time was that Taylor was an innocent bystander who was hurt defending his brother, but the reality is that Taylor and his brother went to the man's home after the original fight and confronted him there.

it was actually he and his cousin who went to the other mans trailer, but your point remains--he wasn't an innocent bystander. After the injury he tried to come back and pitch. His 1996 line for Greensboro has to be among the worst I've ever seen:

9G
0-5 WL
16.1 IP
43BB(!!!!)
11Ks
WHIP of 3.918

EDIT: and 17 WP
   22. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: March 02, 2012 at 07:08 PM (#4073048)
felony maintaining a vehicle.


He was changing the $hit out of that oil!
   23. cwinff Posted: March 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM (#4073124)
So, where is Momma Taylor now? She raised a heck of a ruckus saying how the Yankees were short-changing her precious boy because he was black while that lily-white Von Poppen was getting all that cash!
"Take the money and run!" is about right.
Steinbrenner should never have caved in to what amounts to racist blackmail. Besides, Taylor had had serious issues in high school aside from just poor grades. It was like a walking warning flag.
In many cases of a down-trodden athlete, sympathy will flow, but not here.

I hate Scott Boras mainly from the way he handled this.
   24. Gamingboy Posted: March 02, 2012 at 10:15 PM (#4073129)
He's exhibit A on why you never get into a barfight with your pitching arm.
   25. Bob Tufts Posted: March 02, 2012 at 10:19 PM (#4073131)
Taylor is charged with two counts each of trafficking in cocaine by possession, by sell, by deliver, by manufacture, by transport...


A five tool player.....
   26. cwinff Posted: March 02, 2012 at 11:45 PM (#4073159)
Mr.Tufts: THAT is the funniest thing I have read in a long time! Thank you for taking the grouchiness out of me today, in snowy, miserable Asia!
   27. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 03, 2012 at 12:16 AM (#4073169)
His 1996 line for Greensboro has to be among the worst I've ever seen:

Taylor may win on Peak Value, but he's got nothing on Bill Bene (who himself was a #5 overall pick in the draft) for Career Value.
   28. Bob Meta-Meusel Posted: March 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM (#4073174)
Taylor is charged with two counts each of trafficking in cocaine by possession, by sell, by deliver, by manufacture, by transport...



A five tool player.....


What about the three counts of Heresy... Heresy by thought, heresy by word, heresy by deed, and heresy by action... four counts...
   29. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: March 03, 2012 at 12:32 AM (#4073176)
Have we already forgotten Jason Neighborgall?
3 seasons, 1-4 17.22 (51 g, 8 gs) 42.1 ip, 40 h, 128 bb, 48 so, 59 wp (whip 3.969). ERAs by season: 11.12, 20.77, 31.05. He was so bad, he broke PECOTA after his second year - then got worse.
(He was considered a first round talent in HS but signability issues led to his playing college ball. Control completely abandoned him in college, was still a third round pick (500k bonus) despite a 7.13 ERA as he threw in the mid to upper 90s with an outstanding curve (AJ Hinch said he had two 80 pitches).
   30. Something Other Posted: March 03, 2012 at 12:35 AM (#4073180)
I hate Scott Boras mainly from the way he handled this.
You're not trying hard enough.
   31. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: March 03, 2012 at 01:07 AM (#4073190)
Not as exciting, but another injury guy who ended his career with Greensboro^ was Sam Militello. Last 3 years of his career (94-96): 0-6 12.39 in 11 starts, 20.1 ip, 12 h, 54 w, 25 k, 18 wp. Before his injuries (90-92), he was really effective, going 34-8 1.76 and named his league's top pitcher all three seasons (and posting a 3.45 ERA in 9 starts with the Yanks).

^ Taylor's last three years were with Greensboro... if you don't count a 2.2 inning comeback attempt with Columbus in 2000.
   32. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 03, 2012 at 01:28 AM (#4073193)
Steinbrenner should never have caved in to what amounts to racist blackmail.


Yeah, Ol' George was quite the milquetoast.
   33. Ron J Posted: March 03, 2012 at 01:38 AM (#4073196)
#31 I remember reading that at one point Militello was too wild to pitch to players in simulated games. A coach would put on catcher's gear. Really quite sad.
   34. Howie Menckel Posted: March 03, 2012 at 01:49 AM (#4073199)

Militello got a rookie card with:
http://millercards.net/bscarddetails.php?cardID=14587

another failure in Roger Salkeld
Pat Mahomes
Turk Wendell

Taylor got his own:
http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Cards/Baseball/1992/Topps/6/Brien_Taylor_RC/2015717

I have a couple of both of these somewhere, which does me little good..


   35. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:14 AM (#4073202)
The war on drugs is dumber than 10 Tommy Lasordas and 100 dogs.
   36. Ron J Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:24 AM (#4073205)
I don't count Salkeld or Militello as failures. I reserve that word for the guys who never had any success rather than guys who seemed to be on the path for success and then got hurt. YMMV. And yeah I see the other side. Having paid out a huge bonus (or put your life savings in their rookie cards) their career would have to qualify as a major disappointment.
   37. Moe Greene Posted: March 03, 2012 at 03:22 AM (#4073211)
On the topic of wild pitchers... I was always a fan of Nick Neugebauer. Career in the minors: 359+ IP, 254 H, 287 BB, 492 K's. It's like a latter-day Steve Dalkowski. And Neugebauer made it to the majors, albeit briefly.
   38. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: March 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4073302)
Salkeld suffered a shoulder injury (I want to say a broken scapula). I don't believe he had the control issues these other guys had.
   39. Greg K Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4073311)
So, where is Momma Taylor now? She raised a heck of a ruckus saying how the Yankees were short-changing her precious boy because he was black while that lily-white Von Poppen was getting all that cash!

Wow, I haven't exactly followed Taylor's career closely, but I've been aware of him since he got drafted. I could have sworn he was white...to the point where I have a photo of a white dude in my mind when I think of him. I wonder who that guy is?
   40. Walt Davis Posted: March 03, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4073365)
Wow, I haven't exactly followed Taylor's career closely, but I've been aware of him since he got drafted. I could have sworn he was white...to the point where I have a photo of a white dude in my mind when I think of him. I wonder who that guy is?

That's Bobby Taylor, I went to college with him.

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