UPDATE: According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Simon is being held in the Dominican Republic pending the results of ballistic tests. Authorities are currently trying to confirm whether the bullet that killed Castillo came from Simon’s gun. He has yet to be charged with a crime, though he is the lead suspect.
9:28 PM: According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language correspondent for the Associated Press, Alfredo Simon will be held in his native Dominican Republic for one year without bail until his shooting case goes to trial.
His lawyers, who are being bankrolled by former Orioles teammate Miguel Tejada, intend to appeal the ruling, so we probably haven’t heard the last of this.
In case you haven’t heard, Simon reportedly fired two bullets into the air during on New Year’s Eve, killing 25-year-old Micheal Esteban Castillo and wounding Castillo’s 17-year-old half-brother.
The Orioles reliever has maintained that the shooting was an accident and that the victim was a friend.
It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”
Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.
Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.
The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.