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May 17, 2011

Report: Simon to go on trial in Dominican Republic

Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon, who has been accused of shooting and killing a 25-year-old man in his native Dominican Republic during New Year’s celebrations, will go to trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Simon, 30, was in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic for the hearing. He is back in the United States today and is expected to make another start for Double-A Bowie tonight in Richmond, Va.

Dinora Diloné, an attorney for Simon, maintains that his client is innocent.

“The case was sent back to trial even though there is no evidence to confirm that Alfredo was involved in the incident. Even the ballistics tests were negative," Diloné told The Associated Press.

Diloné said that no date has been set for the start of the trial, “but it usually takes about two months.”

If he is found guilty of manslaughter, Simon faces a sentence of three months to two years in prison.

Posted by Matt Vensel at 3:30 PM | | Comments (10)


---Orioles should just cut their losses with Simone and move on.

What I don't understand is why they're converting him back to a starter. He was up and down as a reliever, but he had his moments. Granted, he didn't get much of a chance as a starter before the TJ surgery, but at this point he's just a question mark we don't need in our rotation.

what do the O's have to gain from cutting him? He's not exactly blocking any talent and he's cheap

I think the bigger question is not whether he'll make our roster, but why in the HECK do we still have Mike Gonzalez and Clay Rapada on our active roster. Nonsense I say...Nonsense!

Joe, sorry, but the O's should just cut their losses with Gonzalez and Gregg and put this guy in the bullpen to take one of those spots.

Coming back from injury ridiculously ahead of schedule last year, he outpitched both of these jokers.

The DR is looking to get every dollar it can out of Simon and whoever else they can bilk.
Its how third world nations work. To everyone that wants to cut their loses 2 words: Ray Lewis

Trish- you are insane if you are comparing talent levels.

I really like the idea stretching Simon out.. BEST WAY TO BUILD UP HIS ARM STRENGTH, and nobody else in sight this year if they need another starter if bergesen and/or tillman falter.. Tonite at bowie 6 IP 3H, 2W 4SO 0 runs. Klein is in behind him throwing 0's again...

Yeah. Ray Lewis' slider SUCKED. Good thing he had some other marketable skills.

easy answer on Simon...he throws 97, is being stretched out so that he can take any spot that is open, as opposed to just working 1 inning at a time and becoming limited. Why would anyone ask that question unless they just don't know pitching? Plus, he's better than most of the pen right now, as well as Bergy and Tillman. Plus, plus, Buck prefers the power arm over one that's not. As do most coaches and managers. Lastly, he's around for 2 months apparently, so let's slot him as #5 in the rotation and give him the chance. No one else is capitalizing. Maybe he can do the job lasting into the 6th or 7th inning and can give the pen a rest. After all, we can't keep having the 4 and 5 inning starts. That will kill us eventually, especially when the 4 make up games come from the rain outs.

Lastly, for the bizarre posts on here about "cutting our losses"? How is a 6'5" 230 lb pitcher with 97MPH heat a loss. Are you people nuts? There will be no less than 20 teams lined up to grab him today if we let him go. What a stupid comment, especially if he is totally innocent. I could also see him as our closer eventually. He did save 17 and now is a little older and wiser. Why not? Gregg sucks, Gonzalez sucks and JJ has it physically, but my guess is not mentally to take that gig and run with it. Too bad!

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