Florida State freshman baseball player John Holland, who had started both games so far in the College World Series and hit eighth in the lineup, was arrested Monday in Omaha and has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Holland allegedly switched price tags on an item at a local sporting goods store in an effort to buy it at a lower price. He was arrested at 6:03 p.m. Monday evening, bonded and released from Douglas County Correctional at 8:06 p.m. and reportedly pled the charge down to a "damaging property" misdemeanor Tuesday morning and a fine of $50, which he paid.
The Johns Creek (GA) Northview High School product was hitting .243 for the 'Noles in 41 games, 16 of them starts. He went 1 for 5 with a double and two RBIs Friday in a 4-3 loss to Arizona, and then he was 0 for 1 with two walks and two runs Sunday in a 12-2 win over Stony Brook. The 5-11, 180-pounder was once again expected to get the nod at designated hitter Tuesday against UCLA in what is yet another elimination game for FSU.
33rd-year coach Mike Martin, currently in the the middle of his 15th run at the College World Series without a championship, commented on the situation through a press release e-mailed by the school Tuesday afternoon, just hours prior to the battle with the Bruins.
"The young man in question, John Holland, made a serious error in judgment," said Martin. "Due to a violation of team rules, he has been suspended indefinitely. The university will have no further comment on the situation."
Look for fellow freshman John Nogowski, who's been given only one at-bat in Omaha but did single up the middle as a pinch hitter vs. Stony Brook, to get the assignment at DH in Holland's place.
John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Holland arrested and suspended
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