By Evan Brunell
Choo, who is struggling at the plate to start the year, is with the team in Oakland and preparing to be in the lineup Tuesday night.
“We are aware of the incident with Shin-Soo Choo and have spoken to him about it," Indians GM Chris Antonetti said. The Indians organization takes these issues very seriously and we are disappointed in the matter. We will continue to monitor the situation."
Choo reportedly blew over twice the legal limit during a breathalyzer test, as MLB.com reports. That legal limit is .08, so he was at .16 or higher. He was arrested after driving away from police officers when asking for directions to Choo's residence.
This is the sixth DUI so far of the year for baseball, which is a strikingly odd number. For years, as the NBA and NFL struggled with players getting in trouble with the law, baseball always kept its nose relatively clean. But now, these DUIs are piling up with teammate Austin Kearns also being dinged along with Miguel Cabrera, Adam Kennedy, Coco Crisp and Derek Lowe.
How baseball can suspend Ozzie Guillen two games for tweeting after being ejected from the game and let these DUIs go unmentioned is odd. It's one thing to let the criminal justice system take care of it; it's another thing entirely to ignore a growing trend that reflects poorly on your organization. Coupled with Roger McDowell's homophobic slurs and contention that children don't belong at the ballpark, MLB is receiving a lot of negative attention lately. It's time for baseball to step in and say that a DUI is not OK. Anyone who is arrested for such an offense that endangers lives should automatically miss at least one game without pay, with the facts determining additional games missed.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.