Cameron Maybin apologizes for DUI arrest, Giants plan to keep playing him

Maybin said he notified the Giants immediately following his arrest in Scottsdale.

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – FEB. 18: Cameron Maybin wears a San Francisco Giants uniform during spring training workouts, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin, who was arrested and charged for driving under the influence early Friday morning, expressed remorse and apologized for the incident Wednesday.

Details of Maybin’s DUI were made public Tuesday and Maybin addressed the arrest Wednesday, explaining that he immediately made the Giants aware of his arrest.

“The day I got in, as soon as I got in I came to (Bruce Bochy) and let him know what happened,” Maybin said. “I let Farhan (Zaidi) know the same day. I actually called him early that morning and let him know about the situation.

“I didn’t waste any time, I wanted to make sure I was completely honest about the situation.”

Maybin, 31, was pulled over by Scottsdale police for speeding and failing to maintain his lane at 2:22 a.m. on March 1. According to a police report, Maybin blew a .127 (Arizona’s legal limit is .08) and was placed under arrest.

“I take a lot of pride in how I carry myself and how I conduct myself,” Maybin said. “So I’m very disappointed about the situation. I can’t talk too much about the details of how it went but I was extremely cooperative and extremely respectful.”

Maybin was not in the Giants’ lineup on Friday, but he played against the Rockies Saturday and against the Dodgers Sunday. Manager Bruce Bochy said Maybin’s standing with the organization has not changed and he’ll continue competing for a roster spot.

“He’s still trying to make the team, that hasn’t changed as far as him trying to make the club,” Bochy said.

Maybin said he has apologized to teammates and coaches and hopes to grow from the arrest.

“It’s not something we condone,” Bochy said. “He made a mistake and he owned up to it. He came up and told us Friday about his mistake. He was very remorseful about it.”

The Giants informed Major League Baseball of Maybin’s arrest and the outfielder is now subject to disciplinary action by the league.

“The fact that I was completely upfront, I didn’t hide one detail,” Maybin said. “As soon as I was able to get in touch with somebody, I did. I think they respected it very much the way I handled it and being upfront with them.”

The Giants signed Maybin to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training on February 16. Maybin will earn $1.75 million if he makes the Opening Day roster, but he was already struggling to convince the Giants he deserved a spot before his arrest.

The veteran outfielder began the season 0-for-16 at the plate before recording two hits including a double in Monday’s game against the Dodgers.

Maybin was not in the lineup and not on the travel squad for Wednesday’s game in Surprise against the Rangers, but he took batting practice in the cage in Scottsdale before the team departed.

He said he’s thankful for the support Giants teammates have showed him and said it’s the first time he’s been in trouble with the law in his major league career.

“I’ve been around for a long time and I continue to try to inspire and do what I can as far as community goes and teammate relationships go,” Maybin said. “People who know my character, they not for a second questioned it.”

Maybin’s arrest occurred the same day Giants CEO Larry Baer was involved in a public altercation with his wife, Pam, at a park in San Francisco. The dispute turned physical when Baer reached for his wife’s cell phone.

The Giants announced Monday that Baer would take a leave of absence and issued a statement that said Major League Baseball will take the lead in gathering information surrounding the situation.

“You never want to be a part of adding on to any type of extra attention, especially negative attention,” Maybin said. “But you don’t get re-dos in life. Now it’s about moving forward and how we grow from it.”

The arrest also took place just days after the Giants held a team-wide “baseball security” meeting where players were reminded never to drive under the influence.

“It’s why we have the meetings, to help them out and help them make the right decisions,” Bochy said. “Obviously he didn’t make the right decision at that moment.”

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