The very sad saga surrounding Dodgers’ outfielder Andrew Toles continued this week when USA Today scribe Bob Nightengale provided an update. If you have time today, please do read through Bob’s check-in with Toles’ family.
The story started last week when we learned that the former Dodgers’ outfielder was arrested for trespassing. Toles was living on the streets and refused to leave the spot he was in. Nightengale contacted Toles’ sister Morgan, who was just thankful to hear that her brother was alive.
When the news came out, the response from the public was very different from the response from my family. When people saw my brother’s mug shot, it was like, ‘Oh, my God! He’s been arrested.’ You know what my family felt? Relief. It’s really crazy to say, but the mug shot, really, was the best thing ever. We didn’t know whether he was dead or alive.
That’s a painful and powerful statement from Morgan Toles.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the outfielder has been through this. He reportedly went through a familiar situation in Kentucky a few weeks back and was arrested in Hong Kong some time last year. Per the story, Toles had lost his passport while on holiday and took to stealing food.
Andrew’s father Alvin talked about wanting to do everything he could for his son, but also understands that’s going to be difficult.
We just need to find him. We need to bring him home. But he keeps running. He’s in this state of paranoia. He’s running from people. He just keeps running like someone is after him. He really needs help before it’s too late.
Toles is being held in a hospital in Key West as of now, but his sister Morgan believes he is so incoherent that he has no idea what is happening. His arrangement date is set for Thursday, but she also believes he will not show up.
Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman spoke about Toles’ situation and called it heartbreaking, and just wished that there was more that they could do. Unfortunately, the Dodgers can only do so much if he is unwilling to accept help.
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