MLB- Scott Olsen is No Jimmy Olsen

Remember Jimmy Olsen? He was Clark Kent’s (Superman’s) pal who said “gee� a lot, was always polite and portrayed a mild mannered character the entire time. Unfortunately, Florida starter Scott Olsen is no Jimmy Olsen. He certainly doesn’t say “gee,� has not been polite over the past few years and has proven to be violent. Scott could take some lessons from Jimmy.Scott Olsen’s recent run in involves the law. Olsen had been suspended for two-games and lost some cash but not a start recently. The lefty got to start versus the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night and the 23-year old won 10- 2, allowing only four hits. Last week, he had been suspended for getting into a fight with another Marlin’s pitcher—Sergio Mitre.

After the game, early Saturday morning, Olsen got into trouble. And this trouble could be worse than his past problems. Olsen, who was eventually charged with DUI, resisting an officer with violence and fleeing and eluding a police officer, posted an $11,000 bond and was released on Saturday afternoon.

In his mug shot, he looks beat up. Olsen’s face appears to be bruised. Olsen was at the stadium prior to Florida’s game versus Cincinnati. When questioned about his most recent incident the Associated Press reported that he said, “There’s a legal process that has to be followed and we’re going to take all the necessary precautions and steps and let the legal process pave the way. We’re going to have to work on it, and that’s all I really have to say.â€?

The Marlins offered a statement, saying that they had to let the legal process take its course. That statement noted that, “As an organization, we take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed.”

Here’s what occurred and you can’t help but wonder once you read it that if Olsen had pulled over when requested and was sober that all would be okay.

Olsen was arrested, according Police Lt. Michael Bentolila, in the Miami suburb of Aventura. He was monitored while driving doing 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. It was about 3:40 am when the police attempted to pull him over.

After the police tried to stop him, the lefty drove for about one mile. He ran a stop sign and eventually ended up at his home in Aventura.

Olsen exited his car and walked to and sat in a plastic chair outside his open. Backup police officers tried to arrest him. As that occurred, Olsen, who is six-foot, five inches, resisted arrest by kicking at the police.

Olsen was given a field sobriety test, which he failed and then refused to take a breath test for alcohol.

Olsen, who is in his third year with Florida, will be paid $380,000 this season.

This season, Olsen is 8- 7 with a 4.99 ERA, 89 SO, 56 BB in 115.1 IP. Opponents are batting .292 against him. In three two seasons plus, he’s 21- 18 with a 4.38 ERA, 276 SO, 141 BB in 316.1 IP.

Simply put—Scott Olsen has to do something to control himself and his demons before he’s relegated to the minors and then finds himself without a team. Let’s hope the young talent can get his act together.

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