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October 18, 2011

Simon's hearing pushed back until November

Looks like the Alfredo Simon saga in the Dominican Republic isn’t over just yet.

According to a representative of the newspaper "Hoy," Simon’s court hearing Tuesday was again postponed because witnesses did not show. That’s the second time this has happened.

It has now been rescheduled for November 8.

Simon’s side is pushing to get the big right-hander’s name completely cleared in the Jan. 1 fatal shooting of his cousin during a New Year’s Day celebration.

I talked to Simon the day before the season ended and he told me he thought he’d be done with this by Oct. 18. He said it would be the last step for him to be able to get on with his future.

But that won’t happen yet.

Simon has not been formally charged with a crime but was imprisoned for nearly two months as the lead suspect in the case.

He did not leave the Dominican until the end of March and didn’t pitch for the Orioles until May 24. He was 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 23 games (16 starts) this season.

His plan was to spend most of this winter in Florida or with his friend, former Oriole reliever Michael Gonzalez, in Texas.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 10:24 PM | | Comments (2)


Sure hope Michael Gonzalez doesn't let Alfredo watch the ball drop in Time square this year....errors always seem to upset him.

Sure hope Michael Gonzalez doesn't let Alfredo watch the ball drop in Time square this year.

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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.

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