Happening Elsewhere: Orioles Pitcher Arrested for Accidentally Killing Someone

Happening Elsewhere: Orioles Pitcher Arrested for Accidentally Killing Someone

Alfredo Simon, relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, has gotten his New Year off to an exceptionally poor start. Simon turned himself over to authorities in the Dominican Republic yesterday after being suspected of the murder--later downgraded to involuntary manslaughter--of 25-year-old Michael Castillo Almonte, his cousin. According to Simon's lawyer, the pitcher was firing celebratory shots into the air on New Year's Eve--apparently not uncommon in Dominican Republic culture, where people are killed or injured every year amidst such revelry--and that the shots killed Almonte, and injured Simon's younger brother as well.

Public prosecutor Victor Mueses is not entirely convinced that Simon's version was the whole story. "The version that we have is that there was a dispute between two women and he tried to dissolve it, fired a shot that ended up wounding a young person in the arm and that same bullet lodged in the chest of the deceased," Mueses said of the chain of events leading to Almonte's death.

Simon went 4-2 with a 4.93 ERA and 17 saves for the AL East cellar dwellers in the 2010 season, before going down with a hamstring injury and being supplanted in his closer role by Koji Uehara. If convincted, Simon could face up to two years in prison.

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Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.

The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.

Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL. 

Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season. 

If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.

The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.

It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.