Elijah Dukes

37-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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$Dukes signed with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League in July of 2010.
OFFree Agent  
April 25, 2011
Dukes was arrested Sunday and charged in Florida with driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and was released the same day on a $250 bond, the Associated Press reports.
This is just the latest of bad decisions made by Dukes, who was arrested in March after a former girlfriend accused him of hitting her and was also charged with aggravated assault on a pregnant woman and driving with a suspended or revoked license around the same time. It’s safe to say the former top prospect has solidified a permanent absence from Major League Baseball.
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Dukes started off 2009 well but injuries once again dragged him down, and he's well on his way to replacing his "crazy temper" reputation with a "brittle and fragile" one. He had a good September (.290/.424/.377) and has proven he can produce when he's healthy, but he needs that one, good, healthy year to really establish himself as something more than a talented tease.
Dukes battled lower body injuries in 2008, but that's far better for his baseball future than battling teammates, managers or umpires. Nationals bench boss Manny Acta seemed to have an idea of how to handle the volatile outfielder, and the result was an impressive .264/.386/.478 line between DL stints. Dukes won't turn 25 until midseason and if he can just keep his head screwed on straight (and his legs in one piece) he's got a chance to be an impressive five-category producer. For all the right and all the wrong reasons, Milton Bradley is still his best comp.
At press time, Dukes was turning in good numbers in the Dominican Winter League. That was Dukes' first baseball at any level since the Rays suspended him in June due to personal issues (which is a rather nice euphemism for the litany of troubles Dukes caused, including threatening to kill his wife and children). Dukes reportedly has been in counseling ever since. While Dukes showed great tools in 2007, note he was in a 4-for-50 slump at the time of his suspension. Tampa Bay traded him to Washington for a Low-A prospect at the winter meetings; Dukes could compete for a regular outfield role in spring training.
Dukes is a legitimate five-tool prospect, but he needs to prove he has one more: self-restraint. He flashes power, speed and leather, but his anger keeps derailing him. He was suspended five times in the minors last season, either by the Rays or by the league. Nevertheless, the Rays not only hung on to him, but had him play first base in the Arizona Fall League. If he comes to spring training with a new attitude, he could compete for the first base job. With his stroke, a healthy, level-headed Dukes is a legitimate ROY candidate.
He's got some power, shows some speed - and has a wicked temper. Dukes was suspended for a week in the minors last year after being ejected on six different occasions. He's been arrested four times since December 2003 for crimes ranging from driving an unregistered vehicle to misdemeanor assault. He also had to skip the Arizona Fall League this year to finish his court-mandated anger management classes. He could start 2006 at Triple-A. We'll see if he gives himself a chance at a career.
Dukes did well at high Single-A Lancaster to finish the season after sitting out a month for anger-management intervention. A typically toolsy Tampa Bay prospect, he'll start 2005 at Double-A.
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OFFree Agent  
July 1, 2010
Dukes has signed with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, according to the Atlantic League's transaction page.
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OFFree Agent  
March 17, 2010
While Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said there was no off-field incident that lead to Dukes' release, he did imply that Dukes may have been a problem in the team's clubhouse, the Washington Post reports.
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Elijah Dukes: Released By the Nats
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March 17, 2010
The Nationals have released Dukes, according to the The Washington Post.
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Elijah Dukes: Sits with Foot Soreness Saturday
OFWashington Nationals  
March 13, 2010
Dukes was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore foot, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
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OFWashington Nationals  
March 12, 2010
Dukes may see time batting seventh for the Nats this season, MASN Sports reports.
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