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Giants prospect Angel Villalona cleared of murder charge, but still can’t get visa

Feb 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

Angel Villalona AP

Angel Villalona re-signed with the Giants and dropped his $5 million lawsuit against the team after being cleared of murder charges in the Dominican Republic, but the one-time top prospect has not been granted a visa and won’t be reporting to spring training on time.

Giants vice president Bobby Evans said today that the visa has not been approved because Villalona is not considered an “elite athlete” due to what is believed to be medical or conditioning issues.

However, as Baseball America writer and Latin American prospect guru Ben Badler just tweeted: “There’s no way Angel Villaona’s visa issue is over his conditioning. Someone is hiding something.”

Stay tuned …

  1. 24may98 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    What, no anger-management counseling?

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Remember the good old days when players weren’t killers?

    • nategearhart - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Dude, he was CLEARED of murder charges.
      And in baseball, there are no “good old days”.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Dude, I was being sarcastic. Very, very sarcastic. Even sardonic.

      • brewcitybummer - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        No, he was “cleared” of murder charges. I believe Keith Law addressed his “clearance” on a recent podcast. You should check that out.

    • jwbiii - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      No, I don’t remember those days.

      Here’s one of my favorite stories, though
      http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/c19ac6cc

  3. crpls - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    He was cleared legally so quotes don’t change anything. The fact that he paid off the family to be so is another story.

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