By: Nick Wells
Luke Heimlich pleaded guilty to a felony charge of molesting his six-year old niece in 2012 when he was 15 years old. The victim has said he had also sexually assaulted her two years before that. Her mother spoke out against him, saying “I would advise everyone to keep their little girls away from him.” The victim’s father, Luke’s brother, has barely talked to Luke. Despite pleading guilty, Heimlich has hung on to his innocence, essentially promoting the idea that the victim has repeatedly lied about her story and what he did to her. Now, given this information, a normal person would ask “wow he’s in jail, right?” Not exactly.
Instead of jail, he went through two years of counseling, registered as a level 1 sex offender, had certain restrictions, and had to write an apology to the victim. Then he kept playing high school baseball and was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington. He now pitches at Oregon State University and is one of the best pitchers in the country. He started Game 1 of the College World Series on Tuesday. If all of this doesn’t make you mad then go get your brain checked. Seeing this guy take the mound blows my mind. I’m assuming locally, his high school would’ve known about the incident and could’ve I don’t know, maybe not let a sex offender pitch for their baseball team. Past that, Oregon State University gives him a scholarship to play on their team while he still consistently denies any wrongdoing. He wasn’t drafted in 2017 and was again passed on by every team in this year’s draft. Surely, no GM in their right mind would ever acquire a child molester to play for their organization.
Or possibly yes, they would. Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore has spoken out saying he could be open to signing Heimlich as an undrafted free agent, which is OUTRAGEOUS considering that Moore has made sure his players were warned about the dangers of pornography in a spring meeting this year. It is also kind of confusing how Moore commented on Heimlich’s family being close and how they had settled the matter internally, but his brother since divorced from the mother of the victim along with him scarcely talking to Luke makes Moore’s remarks seem like a backwards assessment of the real situation. I hope nothing comes of this, and the Royals end up passing on Heimlich for the sake of the fans. Imagine taking your family to a game being started Heimlich, and your kids are cheering him on and possibly wanting a jersey? At what point does it all become too much? All the other MLB GMs are holding a proper standard by not taking a chance on him, for good reason. I see this situation as more of an easy solution and not a conundrum, however I guess throwing a 97mph heater can get you on a roster no matter what you’ve done.
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