On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic. Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial.
He just had his trial and the jury acquitted him. Alfredo Simon is a free man.
The theory was that Simon fired a gun into the air in revelry, with the bullet coming down and killing Almonte. Experts testified that the bullet came from someone else’s gun, however.
Between that and the civil suit by the victim’s family being dropped earlier this year, Simon’s trials in this matter would seem to be over.
Because baseball teams have to have 25 guys — and because someone has to be that 25h guy — the Orioles have re-signed utilityman Jace Peterson. It’s a minor league contract so he may not be the actual 25th man but, c’mon, he’s gonna be the 25th man. Let’s get real here.
Peterson hit .195/.308/.325 in 200 at-bats for the Orioles last season. That’s not good, but he can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. He can’t play them particularly well, but you know that thing Casey Stengel said about how catchers are important because without them there are a lot of passed balls? Same goes for third base and stuff. Again: Orioles.
I was going to add that he was the only player in MLB history named “Jace,” but Jace Fry exists, so he doesn’t even have that distinction anymore, and that’s kind of a bummer.