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Elijah Dukes | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 248
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Elijah Dukes was arrested in Tampa on Monday night on a warrant related to several previous charges.
Things just keep getting worse for the former top prospect. The warrant was related to a February 2012 arrest when he attempted to eat marijuana out of bag after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop. As a result, he was charged with destroying evidence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Monday's arrest carried a new charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. As of Tuesday morning, he was being held without bail. The 27-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2009 as a member of the Nationals. Tue, Jan 22, 2013 11:00:00 AM
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Elijah Dukes was arrested in the Tampa area on Thursday morning after he tried to eat a plastic bag of marijuana and had a marijuana blunt tucked behind his ear.

More trouble for the former top prospect. Dukes, who has been arrested five times over the past year, was pulled over after committing a traffic violation. He faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a cancelled, suspended or revoked license. His bail was set at $4,750. The 27-year-old hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2009 and is unlikely to get another chance.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 10:16:00 AM

Elijah Dukes was arrested in the Tampa area Monday morning for driving with a suspended license.

It's the third time that Dukes has been arrested this year. He was released later in the day after paying a $500 bail. The 26-year-old hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2009 and is unlikely to ever return.
Tue, May 31, 2011 11:45:00 AM

Elijah Dukes was arrested near Tampa, Florida on Sunday for driving with a suspended license.

Dukes was later released on a $250 bond. The former top prospect was also arrested in March after a former girlfriend accused him of abuse. That came about a month after he admitted to smoking marijuana before Nationals home games. Dukes, 26, is done with Major League Baseball. And it is done with him.
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 10:24:00 AM

Former Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes has admitted that he would sometimes smoke marijuana before home games when he played for Washington.

In addition to this revelation, Dukes alleges that fellow players were smuggling drugs onto chartered aircraft and using them in hotel rooms after flights. He contends that he was "thrown under the bus" by baseball after coming forward with this information. Also of note is that Dukes is evidently trying a new career as rapper "Fly Eli." It's safe to assume that his career in baseball is over.
Fri, Feb 11, 2011 04:53:00 PM

Former Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested on contempt charges.

More trouble for the former top prospect. Dukes, now 26, was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly failing to pay child support to two women. Bail has not been set. Dukes was cut loose by the Nationals in March and isn't helping his chances of earning another shot in the major leagues.
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 04:06:00 PM

Former Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes has signed a contract with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League.

Expected to open the season as the Washington's starting right fielder, Dukes was released by the Nats in a surprise move during spring training. He has the talent to climb back to the big leagues and is only 26 years of age, but something has to click in his head about being a reliable teammate.
Thu, Jul 1, 2010 06:52:00 PM

Nationals released OF Elijah Dukes.

Nats manager Jim Riggleman is calling the release a "baseball decision," but that sure is hard to believe. Dukes was disappointing last season, with a .250 batting average and 730 OPS in 416 at-bats, but he's only 25 years of age and was set to earn just $440,000 this season. Justin Maxwell, Mike Morse and Willie Harris are the candidates to take over in right field.
Wed, Mar 17, 2010 10:58:00 AM

According to the Nationals' official Twitter feed, the club has released outfielder Elijah Dukes.

No reason was given. Dukes hit a disappointing .250/.337/.393 over 416 at-bats in 2009, but he's just 25 years old and was expected to serve as the Nationals' starting right fielder this season. On top of that, he was only going to require a $444,000 salary in 2010. It's not clear who will start in right field.
Wed, Mar 17, 2010 10:12:00 AM

A sore toe will keep Elijah Dukes out of the Nationals' lineup today.

"Nothing serious," Manager Jim Riggleman told the Washington Post. "And he's got the knee issue that goes on sometimes. We just felt like, let's just wait until tomorrow to put him out there." Sounds like a sum-of-injuries scratch rather than any one thing, so nothing new to worry about for Dukes.
Sat, Mar 13, 2010 12:33:00 PM

The Nationals and Elijah Dukes have agreed to a one-year, $444,000 contract.

Dukes was eligible to have his contract renewed, but both parties agreed on a $32,500 raise. Dukes slipped from a productive '08 to a .729 OPS in 2009 over 416 at-bats, but will enter spring training as the starting right fielder. The 26-year-old has massive potential, so don't overlook him as a potential sleeper. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time following the upcoming season.
Source: MLB.com
Thu, Feb 11, 2010 06:43:00 PM

Elijah Dukes will "definitely" enter spring training as the Nationals' starting right fielder, according to manager Jim Riggleman.

"Physically, he's feeling very well," Riggleman said. "That's big. He's a big strong guy, and we need to put him out there everyday." Dukes hit only .250/.337/.393 over 416 at-bats in 2009, but had a 127 OPS+ in 334 plate appearances the year before and has a reservoir of untapped potential. He could be a 2010 fantasy sleeper.
Mon, Jan 18, 2010 02:18:00 PM

Elijah Dukes was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Marlins with a stiff back.

Justin Maxwell takes his place, batting sixth and playing right field against Anibal Sanchez.
Sat, Sep 12, 2009 06:14:00 PM

Elijah Dukes isn't in the starting lineup on Wednesday.

No injury here, just a case of manager Jim Riggleman rotating in a number of outfielders. Jorge Padilla got the start in right field on Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 2, 2009 03:35:00 PM

Elijah Dukes hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs while Josh Willingham slugged a pair of homers and drove in six as the Nationals crushed the Cubs on Tuesday night.

The Nationals defeated the Cubs 15-6 in their highest scoring game of the season. Duke's grand slam came off of Aaron Heilman, who inherited baserunners from starter Carlos Zambrano. Willingham hit a solo home run off Zambrano, but later added a three-run shot off Tom Gorzelanny in the eighth.
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 11:31:00 PM

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