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January 3, 2011

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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Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:03 PM | | Comments (6)


So Stockstill has been designated for assignment?

Another sad thing to see. No matter how much I want the underdog to come through it's time for the Orioles to do the right thing. Stand behind him and help him get through this but ultimately they must cut their ties to him. There is no room for a player on a professional sports team to make a horrible judgement call such as this. No matter the circumstances he still shot the gun, whether it hit someone or not.

Maybe this will make those moves for guys like Rauch or Gregg look even more attractive.

Just heard report that White Sox are looking to move Edwin Jackson or Gavin Floyd.

DAN-you think bringing a kid like Gavin back to his hometown is possible? Edwin would do as well but Floyd has alot of potentional

Keir, nice "obituary" you wrote for Simon! Why don't you let things play out?

I say a prayer for Simon.. I am still hoping for Gregg,balfourand fuentes. OUR depth is a lot lower after our trades. IF true I would love to see them work something out for Gavin Floyd.

Iowagyrl-Let things play out to what point? He already stated he shot a gun, which I stated, i also said stand behind him but eventually they must cut their ties. What do you think would happen in any other job? Anyhow when did people from Iowa care about the O's

Keir, while I understand your point, I think back ten years to the Ray Lewis fiasco.

There are differences. Anyone who really followed the case knows that Ray did not commit those crimes. But he was hanging with the wrong crowd, hangers-on and other bad influences, and was headed for trouble at some point soon if the team did not intervene.

So the team intervened. They put him under the wing of two African-American players of outstanding character, Shannon Sharpe and Rod Woodsen, and Ray has become a first-rate individual.

Now if Simon is convicted of murder, then there is nothing for the Orioles to do. But if he escapes a conviction, the team should put him under the wing of a player or two whom he respects. Like Ray, he must be willing to listen and learn, but, if he does, both he and the team may very well be much better off for it.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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