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Ex-Robinson Pitcher Evarts Arrested

Posted Dec 18, 2006 by Thomas W. Krause

Updated Dec 18, 2006 at 06:16 PM

TAMPA - A Robinson high school baseball standout, drafted in the first round this year by the Atlanta Braves, was arrested on felony criminal mischief charges Monday.

Tampa police said Steven Michael Evarts, 19, was in an ongoing feud with a 17-year-old high school player. The dispute involved who is playing what position on a high school team.

Evarts and two unidentified friends showed up at the teenager’s house about 3:45 a.m. on Dec. 9, police said. Using baseball bats, they smashed four windows and the windshield of a Chevrolet Blazer. The truck also had significant body damage, police said. The damage is estimated at $3,706.

In June, Evarts signed a contract with the Braves and accepted an $800,000 signing bonus. The left-handed pitcher was designated to play for the Gulf Coast League Braves. Last season, he went 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA.

Reporter Adam Adkins contributed to this report. Reporter Thomas W. Krause can be reached at (813)259-7698 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Reader Comments

Por (Janeane Ryan) on December 18, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Gee, another punk athlete in the news, what a surprise.  Too bad the Atlanta Braves didn’t have $800,000 to spend on law-abiding, career-oriented or college-bound graduates from Robinson High School.

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Por (chris post) on December 18, 2006 (Suggest removal)

I hope he blows his whole career,the dirt bag.

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Por (Marcus Daniels) on December 18, 2006 (Suggest removal)

just like so many of these other uneducated prima-donnas athletes, he’s entitled. He can’t settle an argument with his intellect, so he has to resort to destroying his opponent on a more cro-magnon level, with rocks and sticks.

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Por (Michael Blevins) on December 18, 2006 (Suggest removal)

There are two sides to every story.  How do we know that the “allegations” are true?  It sounds like this young 19 year old is being targeted for his money.  It sounds to me like there are some jealous people out there.  What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty. Hopefully the justice system will not base judgement on hearsay.

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Por (chris plant) on December 18, 2006 (Suggest removal)

that picture doesnt look like everts,  better check your source

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Por (mike livingston) on December 18, 2006 (Suggest removal)

I read some of the negative postings and had to laugh. They were written by people with crippling closed minds, or may have a different agenda, but in this great country that we live in, we are all entitled to our own opinions. Even though they may not be based on facts and more so on hear say.

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Por (Angela Gonzalez) on December 18, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Wow!There are people that get really jealous when they see other people doing better..This story sounds foolish, they just want his $800,000.I wish everyone was worried about me. I don’t know about you but I’m sleeping at 3:45 a.m.

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Por (John Womack) on December 19, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Typical Port Tampa nonsense.  The kid gets almost a million dollar signing bonus and still can’t get his head on right.  Too bad.

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Por (Gregory Allan) on February 19, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I can appreciate all the hard work it takes to put together a worthy report in the newspaper. But as far as Jessica Lundsford goes, can we let this family try to get past this ordeal and stop putting the public through the ongoing attempt by the media to sell papers using this very sad front page story? PLEASE STOP PRINTING THE SAME STORY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. The trial will continue to captivate us and I’m sure the crack head, mentallyretarded, sexoffender, and what ever else you can label him will get his just reward for killing this poor girl. And by the way if her father had been there at home instead of out drinking all the time he would’ve been able to maybe prevent this. I don’t believe anything I hear, and only half of what I see.

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