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Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker charged with DUI

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May 24, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker (40) complains to the umpire after a bases loaded walk in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays . Walker was ejected.   at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker was charged with driving under the influence in Pinellas County, Fla., the team confirmed.

The Blue Jays said Walker would discuss his arrest after Saturday’s spring training game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, Fla.

USA Today said Walker was arrested early Friday when he was clocked traveling 82 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the arrest affidavit. Per the report, Walker “showed signs of impairment” that included “glassy eyes” and a “strong odor” on his breath.

He posted $500 bond and was released later Friday morning.

Walker, 52, pitched in the majors for four teams, including the Blue Jays, between 1995 and 2006. He compiled a 20-14 record with a 4.48 ERA in 144 games (31 starts) and 339 1/3 innings.

He has worked as the pitching coach for Toronto since 2012. His name was mentioned last fall in connection with the New York Mets managerial job that went to Buck Showalter.

–Field Level Media