The baseball community was shocked last week when news broke that Dodgers fan favorite Andrew Toles, had been arrested in Florida after being found sleeping behind an airport. Toles, who had been with the Dodgers as recently as 2018, was homeless and had only a black backpack in his possession at the time.
Since then there has been an outpouring of support for Toles, especially from some of his former Dodgers teammates. In an interview with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale,Toles’ family revealed that support isn’t the issue, it’s that Toles has been suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which has led him to consistently resist help.
"You cry every day, you pray every day," Alvin Toles said. "It's a relief that you know he's alive. And now there's no need to hide anything. Everyone now knows he has a mental illness. Maybe this is how God meant for this to end. Now people know. People are reaching out and asking how to help. We just need to find him. We need to bring him home. But he keeps running. He’s in this state of paranoia. He’s running from people. He just keeps running like someone is after him. He really needs help before it’s too late.’’
The 28-year-old was handed a misdemeanor charge of trespassing after he refused to leave the area, according to the arrest report.
Toles, on the Dodgers from 2016-18, was sleeping behind a FedEx depot located at the airport and was given several opportunities to leave by police, according to deputies involved with the arrest.
As of Friday, he remained at a detention center in Monroe County. His court date is set for July 2.
Toles was placed on the Dodgers' restricted list in March 2019 because of an undisclosed personal issue and hasn't played since. Over three seasons with the Dodgers, the native of Decatur, Georgia, hit .286/.333/.459 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 249 plate appearances.