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http://rotoworld.com/content/home_mlb.aspx

Elijah Dukes was ejected in the ninth inning of Thursday's Dominican Winter League and had to be restrained from going after the umpire.

As if he was really going to make it through the whole winter without a blowup. "It got a little ugly," said Jesus Campos, the vice president of the Cibao team Dukes was playing against. "If it wasn't for (teammate) Andy Tracy holding him back, things could have gotten a lot worse. ... It definitely wasn't a safe situation for the umpire because (Dukes) is a big guy." The Rays may have lost their top suitor for Dukes with the Nationals grabbing Lastings Milledge, though we imagine Jim Bowden would still be interested if he came cheap enough. Tampa Bay has an opening in right field for Dukes with Delmon Young gone, but it looks like the team would prefer to go in a difference direction.

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Dukes' Dominican League club puts video highlights of all their games on their website.

He's #34 in the blue jersey, but there's only a brief shot of him hollering at the ump. There is an entertaining clip of a player from the other team going ballistic on a close call at 1st though.

http://www.licey.com/

davearm - you might catch of glimpse of Felix Pie in there too.

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Isn't Dukes the one who threw the bat at the ump in the minors or ws that the guy that threatened to kill his girlfriend or was it the one who knocked up his cousin, the 15yo? What is it with these Rays players?

He did the second and third but not the first. Delmon Young flipped the bat at the ump.

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And as bad as it is, on the "Elijah Dukes Grade on a Curve" scale this hardly registers. :)

Sad sad story if he ends up throwing it all away, especially since that much-discussed trade that happened this week in part happened due to the success he has had the last few months. Tampa has Fred McGriff and Cecil Fielder to be role models for him, but can't help but think he has to get traded away from his hometown team to have a shot at growing up.

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After seeing a slightly longer piece of video of the incident & reading about the game, I think this is being blown out of proportion. If it was Zach Duke instead of Elijah Dukes, we probably never would have heard about it.

While he may draw a suspension for the incident, here's a little bit about the game to provide some context.

He had words with the opposing catcher, objected to a strike call in his first at-bat, then was hit by a pitch his next time up and flung his bat to the ground, and on his way to first made a somewhat suggestive gesture to the typically rowdy crowd, which had been jeering him. It's not uncommon for fans at these games to scream and throw bottles on the field while player ejections aren't as rare as in American baseball.

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Guys...

Did you notice that the soundtrack for the video is the theme from "Beverly Hills 90210," if I'm not mistaken.

Extremely strange.

On the other hand, I think that American baseball should also adopt cheerleaders.

Haha, wow. You are definitely not mistaken. Why would a Domincan league baseball team choose to use the 90210 theme for the background music of their highlights? Hilarious.

And I agree, the cheerleaders are a very nice touch.

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