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Dodgers: The Unfortunate Saga of Andrew Toles Continues With Missed Court Date



The Andrew Toles story continued on Thursday when the Dodgers’ outfielder did not appear in a Florida court for his scheduled arraignment. Toles, 28, was arrested and jailed in South Florida last week after being charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

Reportedly, police found the former outfielder sleeping behind Key West Airport in Miami where he refused to leave the premises after multiple requests from officers.

The story expanded when Bob Nightengale of USA Today provided a greater look into the world of Toles since he last appeared with the Dodgers in 2018. Mental illness and run-ins with the law have plagued the Georgia native over the last 18-20 months. Officially diagnosed as bi-polar and schizophrenic, the Toles family found relief in learning Andrew was still alive through the original arrest report.

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Dodgers: A Very Sad Update From Andrew Toles’ Family

Andrew’s father Alvin was driving to Florida from Atlanta to be at the scheduled arraignment on Thursday, according to Nightengale. And in hopes that he could find and bring his son home. Sadly Andrew was a no-show.

The estranged Dodgers’ outfielder was bonded out of jail by a “good samaritan” ahead of the arraignment, much to the frustration of the Toles family who had hoped to catch up with Andrew in jail and attempt to get him back on a path of mental stability.

According to his sister Morgan, he had been in and out of mental health facilities, never staying long enough to get the help he needs.

Now Andrew Toles finds himself unfortunately in trouble with the law in Florida. Moreover, a trial date has been set for August 5th after failing to appear on Thursday.

We seriously hope the next news update for Andrew and his family is a much more positive one.

Mental Health Resources:

National Institute of Mental Health

Los Angeles Mental Health Hotline

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Unless he surrenders to help this will be another sad and tragic ending. Hoping for a brighter day for you young man. PRAYERS UP!

  2. It is sad that this is only news because he is a “sports figure “. This is the sad reality of thousands of families. I am one. This country does nothing to help the mentally unstable…usually bipolar schizophrenic. They say we can’t help someone who doesn’t want help, HIPPA laws prevent families from being part of the help that is desperately needed. And people just push it off and complain that there are more and more people filling the streets. Most…primarily ignorant…people just assume the guy/woman talking to themselves is on drugs, and might be. But the primary issue is the mental health of that person is so far gone from reality, they think they are fine. And everyone who rights them off, as list causes, or whatever the high and mighty consider them. All the while complaining that the homeless are everywhere. People need to wake up a realize that without major changes in how the mentally unstable are looked at, and helped…it’s only going to get worse. All the while people will just continue to complain about the problem. A bipolar schizophrenic person thinks they are completely normal and it’s everyone else who is crazy. That is why they won’t take meds. Most mental health hospitals are a joke, and don’t do much…other than bill insurance companies thousands for a three day stay, before releasing that person out on to the streets…and that is if the person has insurance!

  3. I watched Andrew at East Cobb baseball complex. He was playing CF and was the best I have ever seen at that position. My son pitched against him in AA a few years ago. I hope he is found soon and kept safe. God bless Andrew

  4. I am a follower of the Dodgers from the Brooklyn era. Watch the first World Series win over the New York Yank(s) on a black and white TV, heard the last game of the 1951 season lost to the New York Giants.

  5. I am a Dodger Fan. I was one before I was even born. Dad and my Grandpa ( Brooklyn)
    I am a Mental Health advocate. I am the Project Manager for Recovery International. We are the oldest peer-run organization. I hope you pass this on to Andrew. We don’t judge we support. We welcome all. We don’t talk about our illness. It is a method that has stood the test of time. We use tools to change our thoughts when we are in symptoms. Please have him check out Recoveryinternational.org We complement the professional.
    I am here to help in any way that I can.

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