Brien Taylor, the can’t-miss prospect for the Yankees back in the early 90s, has been infamous in baseball circles for throwing away a highly promising pitching career after getting into a fight and causing serious injuries to his pitching arm.
Nineteen years later, Taylor’s life appears to be following suit. The troubled 40-year-old, who has been in jail since March after being arrested for selling drugs to undercover agents, faces anywhere from five to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing more than 28 grams of crack cocaine.
What a sad decline. It’s amazing to think how much one punch — a punch that failed to land — assisted in derailing this guy’s once promising life into the seventh circle of hell.
Taylor’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 7.