Retired big leaguer arrested in Meyers |

Retired big leaguer arrested in Meyers

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dave Stieb was arrested Saturday for suspected drunken driving outside South Lake Tahoe.

Stieb, 39, pitched for 13 years in the majors, primarily with the Toronto Blue Jays during the 1980s, and was the second-winningest pitcher during the decade behind Jack Morris. He owns a home in Incline Village and reportedly had three other men in his car on Saturday evening.

A California Highway Patrol officer reported that Stieb’s Chevrolet Suburban was traveling at more than 70 mph on California State Route 89 near Luther Pass at about 9:45 p.m.

The vehicle was pulled over on U.S. Highway 50 in Meyers, about two miles south of South Lake Tahoe city limits. The officer reported that Stieb appeared intoxicated and arrested him on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving. The Suburban was turned over to one of the passengers.

Stieb was released from El Dorado County Jail shortly after midnight Sunday after posting a $2,500 bail bond. He made no statement to authorities.

Stieb set franchise records with 174 wins, 1,631 strikeouts and 30 shutouts when he pitched for the Blue Jays between 1979 and 1992. The Sporting News named him American League Pitcher of the Year in 1982. He retired from baseball after a brief stint with the Chicago White Sox after leaving the Blue Jays.

Stieb also is a member of the Celebrity Golf Association and has made past appearances in the Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship. However, he is not listed as a participant in this year’s tournament next month at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

The former pitcher was ordered to appear July 8 for arraignment in El Dorado County Municipal Court.

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