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Repeat DUI Arrestee Dan McLaughlin Keeps Job as Cardinals Broadcaster

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Somewhere out there Harry Caray is tipping his cups in appreciation.
Good news, sports fans. The glory days of baseball broadcasting -- when a commentator could be forgiven for a bit of misbehavin' -- are alive and well.

Why's that? Because this week Fox Sports Midwest announced it will retain Cardinals play-by-play broadcaster Dan McLaughlin for the 2012 season. Last fall, Daily RFT opined that McLaughlin's career in St. Louis was finito after he was charged for his second DWI in just over a year's time.

We felt even more confident about that prediction when the embarrassing details of McLaughlin's arrests came out a few weeks later. When pulled over in August 2010 for the first DUI, McLaughlin was allegedly so shitfaced he'd wet his pants. When he crashed his car in the second DWI in September 2011, McLaughlin was apparently too drunk to unlock the car door and lied to the officer that he lived just a few blocks away and could safely drive home if she let him go.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, our speculation of the death of Dan McLaughlin's career was greatly exaggerated. 

FSM general manager told the Post-Dispatch today that he is standing by the 37-year-old whose worked for the cable channel for 14 years. Since the second DUI charge, McLaughlin has confessed to being an alcoholic and is said to attend as many as two or three AA meetings a day now.

"It's perceived as an illness," Donovan said of McLaughlin's alcoholism. "We're trying to support him."

McLaughlin will also return to his occasional segments on the Cardinals flagship radio station, KMOX.

Cardinals president Bill DeWitt, whose club has had its share of DUI problems in recent years (Tony La Russa's booze-snooze in a Florida intersection; Josh Hancock's death; Scott Spiezio's DWI hit-and-run), said that McLaughlin has the backing of the franchise because of the way he's conquering his demons.

The P-D adds that McLaughlin -- who started his career as a skinny kid and ballooned in recent years -- has dropped some 75 pounds since beginning alcohol treatment.

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Jreneelewis
Jreneelewis

He needs to go - by far the most negative, annoying broadcaster I have ever listened to. Ww turn down the sound to avoid listening to his mouth.

bob m
bob m

THE CARDINALS TRY TO PORTRAY THEMSELVES AS THE GOOD GUYS BUT,IF THESE AFRRE THE BEST ANNOUNCERS THEY CAN COME UP WITH THEN I AM AM CANCELLING MY SAT SUBSCRIPTION!

bob m
bob m

DAN,SEE YOUR SPONSOR AND GO TO PLENTY OF MEETINGS,I DO NOT LIKE YOU OR HRBOSKY BECAUSE OF THE MISERALE JOB YOU  DO!

Michael C Danis
Michael C Danis

IT IS NOT PERCEIVED AS AN ILLNESS, IT IS A DISEASE THAT WITH PROPER TREATMENT CAN GO INTO REMISSION. BUT DON"T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT CHECK WITH THE AMA AND COUNTLESS THOUSANDS OF SOBER MEN AND WOMEN LIKE DAN.

KITTY
KITTY

It's nice McLaughlin was able to keep his job. He was humiliated and punished.

McLaughlin is one of a string of high profile people who have been charged with drunk driving including our beloved coaches Tony LaRussa and Gary Pinkel. In each instance there were howls and cries for them to resign or be fired.

While drunk driving is very dangerous (but not quite as bad as texting while driving) it should always be condemed and every measure taken to prevent it.  But asking for someone's head for driving under the influence is beyond the pale. If every person were to be fired for drinking and driving, the unemployment rate would be 40% or more. (Obama couldn't blame Bush for that now, could he?)

And yes, while LaRussa and Pinkel are expected to be role models, they are, after all, only human. They, and all others, should not be fired or forced to resign for driving under the influence. Since most of us drinkers have been guilty at times of having a wee too much to drink, we should all look in the mirror and say: Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. 

handsome jimmy
handsome jimmy

If we all had to work with Al Hrbosky and Ricky Horton everyday, we'd all be  drunk as well.

Jk
Jk

I can't stand any of the announcers, all they do is name dropping and try to out do each other with their stories.  I don't think Dan should come back either.  I think the cardinals can come up with better announcers.  Dan should be fired, Tony should have been fired, Spiezo was fired, Freeze should be warned.  They are suppose to be setting examples for the younger ones.  Glad Dan has lost weight but he should still be fired!!!!!

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