Texas' Joe Baker makes a toss to second for the double play against California during a NCAA college baseball game at Disch-Falk Field on March 6, 2015. Baker went 4 for 4 on Sunday in Texas' 17-1 win over No. 10 Texas Tech. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Texas shortstop Joe Baker was arrested for public intoxication

Posted May 23rd, 2016

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Texas shortstop Joe Baker was arrested for public intoxication on May 12 after he admitted to UTPD to consuming three or four drinks earlier in the evening.

According to the arrest affidavit, an officer found Baker sitting on the ground at the corner of San Jacinto and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards next to a dried puddle of vomit. The officer said he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Baker.

Travis County booking mugshot of Texas shortstop Joe Baker.
Travis County booking mugshot of Texas shortstop Joe Baker.

Asked by the officer for the identity of Mickey Mouse, Baker responded “a cat.”

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According to a team spokeswoman, Longhorns coach Augie Garrido took action by suspending Baker for the team’s home game against Texas State on May 17. Baker was back in the starting lineup for the first two games of last weekend’s series against Baylor.

Baker, a sophomore from McKinney, has started 30 games and is hitting .250 with 16 RBIs. Arguably the team’s top hitter a month ago, Baker is mired in an 0-for-16 slump and has seen his average dip by 63 points over his past 10 games.

On Wednesday, Texas opens play in the Big 12 tournament against Oklahoma State. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

 

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