Former Cardinals infielder Dmitri Young is making headlines these days -- and for all the wrong reasons.
Young, who was the fourth overall pick in the 1991 draft, was arrested earlier this week in Bloomington, IL for posession of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia. In 2006, while his former teammates were winning the World Series, Young was in rehab for substance abuse problems.
It's a shame. Young was a heckuva hitter in his prime. But his health let him down relatively early and stopped his career dead in its tracks. He hit .292 over 13 seasons in the big leagues. He played for the Cardinals in 1996 and 1997 but was, unfortunately traded to Cincinnati for Jeff Brantley.
The Meat Hook hit .300 for four straight seasons for the Reds. Brantley was 0-5 with a 4.44 ERA and 14 saves in his loan season with the Cardinals.
While he's had his share of problems -- including a domestic violence rap a couple of years back -- hopefully Young at least has his finances together. He made $55 million over the course of his career that included stops with the Tigers and Nationals before coming to an end in 2008.