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New details emerge in the Alfredo Simon shooting case

Jan 2, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

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The bilingual Nick Collias, who translates articles for our friends over at MLB Trade Rumors, has been digging through Spanish language publications in the Dominican Republic this morning for more details on the Alfredo Simon shooting incident.

He was kind enough to pass along some of the information that has not yet been reported state-side.

Simon is currently being sought in his home country for allegedly shooting and killing 25-year-old Michel Esteban Castillo on the night of New Year’s Eve and gravely injuring his 17-year-old brother Starlin Castillo Hernandez.

From Manuel Gilbert of Listin Diario, translated by Collias:

“Relatives of the Castillo brothers said that they were in the Luperón town park at four in the morning celebrating the new year, when the player, without words, fired several times at the group that was in the town square, killing Michel Esteban Castillo and gravely injuring Starlin Castillo Hernandez.”

From El Dia, again translated by Collias:

“The player also wounded Starlin Castillo, younger brother of the deceased, when he allegedly shot into the air to celebrate New Year’s Eve, police said… Locals said the player, who had recently signed a $4MM contract with the Baltimore Orioles, is known to have shot in the air on other occasions.”

From the Venezuelan paper El Universal, also translated by Collias:

“A source from the police said Simon is negotiating his surrender to the authorities in order to be brought to justice in the coming hours.”

Piecing this whole thing together, it sounds like the younger Castillo shot a gun into the air in celebration of the new year.  Simon was nearby — also, likely intoxicated — and may have been spooked by the sudden gunfire.  So he shot in the direction of the blasts with his own fire arm.

Again, this is all based off second-hand reports from newspapers in another country.  When we get more details or word of Simon’s surrender, we will pass that information along.

  1. Chris K - Jan 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    “it sounds like the younger Castillo shot a gun into the air in celebration of the new year. Simon was nearby — also, likely intoxicated — and may have been spooked by the sudden gunfire. So he shot in the direction of the blasts with his own fire arm.”

    I was just wondering how you came to that conclusion, Drew. There’s nothing in your article that alludes to that (that I can see at least) and I don’t understand Spanish. Is there a link to the original story on this?

    • thenaturalmevs - Jan 2, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      Just curious Drew, but what are you talking about?

      A lot of speculation on your part–it talks about the player (Simon) being known to fire into the air on occasion. Take your time when you’re doing these posts and focus.

  2. JBerardi - Jan 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    So Simon shot some guys… just because, then? Sounds fishy to me…

  3. Jonny 5 - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    IDIOT!!!!

  4. phillysoulfan - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Bottom line…future Met

    • BC - Jan 3, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      No doubt. Maybe we can spring Ugeth Urbina and sign him too.

  5. largebill - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    The important aspect of this story is the question of whether I can trade him in my fantasy league before the word gets out.

  6. BC - Jan 3, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Not to make light of the situation… but was this the same guy who tripped the sausage in the Milwaukee Brewers sausage race a few years back?

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      That would be Randall Simon.

      • BC - Jan 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        Ah. Thank you.

  7. jdmcmill - Jan 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Makes no sense. Perhaps there was no lighting and he fired in that direction not knowing they were there?

  8. chedberg - Jan 3, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    This is starting to sound like the NFL. Too bad he is not in the US, 30 days in jail would be the punishment.

  9. chedberg - Jan 3, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Donte’ Stallworth just called and said, “Damn it sucks to negligently take a life”

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