One mark of the Atlanta Braves franchise over the years has been its professionalism. The Braves have long been considered one of the most boring teams in Major League Baseball.
It appears that distinction is coming to a rather abrupt end.
Early in the week, Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was accused of hurling anti-gay slurs at a group of fans in San Francisco last weekend.
McDowell released a statement that reads, in part, "I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday" the statement read. "I apologize to everyone for my actions."
On Friday, however, McDowell was placed on administrative leave by the Braves. His replacement will be former Boston Red Sox pitching coach and current Braves minor league pitching instructor Dave Wallace.
The organization placing McDowell on leave was not the only news surrounding the Braves on Friday.
Early Friday morning it was learned that Derek Lowe, the Braves opening day starter, was arrested for DUI after being caught racing down an Atlanta street around 10 p.m. Thursday night.
The team released a statement that reads, in part, "Obviously we are concerned and disappointed about the events involving Derek Lowe overnight," the statement reads. "We are currently gathering information and plan to address this matter later today."
Under Bobby Cox, news like this was few and far between.
In May of 1995, Cox was arrested on a charge of simple battery after his wife called 911 stating that the manager had hit her. The charges were later dropped.
In January 2000, then-Braves closer John Rocker unleashed a verbal tirade against New York Mets fans in a Sports Illustrated piece. The reliever apologized but kept talking and was eventually suspended for nearly a month during spring training. After threatening a reporter, Rocker was demoted in June of that same year.
Rafael Furcal was arrested on a DUI charge in June of 2000--the year he won the NL Rookie of the Year--and was charged with the same crime in September 2004.
This particular set of scandal facing the Braves comes at an inopportune time, as the Braves just went 6-4 on a west coast swing to get back to .500 for the first time since April 6.