Orioles sending John Stockstill to the Dominican
The Orioles are sending a high-ranking official to the Dominican Republic today to learn more about the situation involving right-handed reliever Alfredo Simon, who has been questioned by police about his involvement in fatal shooting on New Year’s Eve.
John Stockstill, the club’s director of development who spent several years in charge of international scouting and was integral in signing Simon out of the Mexican League in 2008, is headed to the Dominican today.
Stockstill said he hopes to meet face-to-face with Simon tomorrow. The Orioles want to show support for Simon as well as get a better understanding of the case and what faces the 29-year-old reliever who reportedly told CNN today that the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man at a New Year’s Eve celebration was accidental.
Simon’s representatives maintain their client has not been charged with a crime, though there have been reports to the contrary.
“The purpose of my trip is to make sure we have the accurate facts as we move forward and take appropriate action,” Stockstill said.
There is no timetable as to how long Stockstill will be in the Dominican.
The Orioles have withheld making an official comment about Simon's situation until more facts are presented.
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