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ESPN Report: Miguel Sano Won't Face Criminal Charges

Miguel Sano won’t face criminal charges connected to an accident over the weekend where a police officer broke his leg in multiple places.

On Monday, Sano went to traffic court and the police found no intent on his part to hurt the officer.
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More details continue to emerge but here is what is known at this time:
  • Sano and his wife were leaving a nightclub at 3 am on Sunday morning.
  • Officer Argenis Emilio Gillandeux questioned Sano because his pickup truck didn’t have a license plate and Sano didn’t have his driver’s license on him.
  • Sano and his wife returned to his truck but they were unaware Gillandeux had not moved his motorcycle from behind his truck.
  • Sano was detained by police for several hours on Sunday.
  • Eventually, he was allowed to return home under the condition that he return to traffic court on Monday.
  • Sano drove the injured officer to the hospital himself. They have known each other and attended school together.
  • Sano won’t be charged with a crime because he did not abandon the scene of the accident.
On Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins responded to the situation with the following statement:


While the information above paints one picture of the situation, other information from other observers paints a very different tone to the incident. Originally, it was thought that Sano fled the scene. Or in some cases, there were accusations of gun shots from Sano’s vehicle.


More information could continue to come out in the days ahead but it’s definitely not the start Minnesota wanted for Sano’s offseason. He struggled through different parts of the 2018 campaign and he has a new focus heading into 2019. This was after he weighed as much as 290 pounds this past season.

“For next year, I’ll be OK. I’ll lose weight and get in better shape. I know who I am and what I can do.”

Let’s hope he stays out of the news and focuses on returning to his 2017 All-Star form.


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Old Twins Cap
Oct 08 2018 08:14 PM

San Pedro de Macaris, they know how to take care of their own.

 

It went from diminishing the income of that community substantially to Miguel being the selfless hero in 24 hours.

 

I'm not saying I know what happened, but, I would like the name of the law/PR firm because they sound incredibly effective.

 

If only they could coach Mr. Sano in baseball....

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diehardtwinsfan
Oct 09 2018 06:07 AM

 

Another thing we shouldn't toss aside: Sano has money and is probably a big target for extortion, especially in a country like the DR.

 

I'm not saying I believe that's what happened here, but as long as we're throwing out theories I think it's fair to suggest it's possible this was local law enforcement shaking down Sano.

 

What actually happened? I have no idea, but the way the information has come out, details and timeline in which everything happened definitely seems fishy. I'd sure like to believe this ESPN report is the way things went down and hope that the officer has a speedy recovery.

 

Problem with the DR is that both things like this (as well as Sano paying the guy off) are quite possible. It's sadly much more common than we would like to admit in central America. The police are not paid well. 

 

That said, the one thing that sticks out to me is that the guy with the broken leg knew Sano. I thought the report said they grew up together. To me, that changes a lot of the dynamics of the situation. 

 

I suppose people will believe what they want to believe, but absent any additional information, this looks like an unfortunate accident. 

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Regardless of what did or didn't happen-Sano being back in the DR seems to be an accepted truth, as was Sano allegedly being out at the club at 3am.  

 

Whether he is culpable or not, at this juncture of his career, Sano would seem wise to refrain from any and all circumstances in which trouble could find him.  

 

 

All I know is, if a boyhood friend broke my leg, I'd make him pay. Big time.

 

In regards to the 3AM discussion, I would ask that people would evaluate this based on the culture of the Dominican Republic and not in US standards.I traveled to Brazil last year and because they are used to having American guests they worked with a restaurant to ensure they would be open at 8PM when they were going to take us out to eat.I asked why this is and they said because it is so hot out during the day that most activity takes place at night and that late dinners at 10,11,12 is fairly common.I am not sure how many cultural norms Brazil and the Dominican Republic share but it seems like a possibility that this is one.

Excellent point, then again, he had the dumb luck to be leaving a club while he ran over a cop with his car.That just doesn't look good (innocent or not).

I have vacationed in the D.R.and have lived in Chile for 18 years. Leaving a club at 3 AM should not raise eyebrows. While backing over the officer is a strange thing, note that the motorcycles are glorified dirtbikes, not the big Harleys that you see in the states. And odds are that the lighting conditions were poor. With the information given out so far, it doesn't look bad to me. Just my opinion.

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Problem with the DR is that both things like this (as well as Sano paying the guy off) are quite possible. It's sadly much more common than we would like to admit in central America. The police are not paid well.

That said, the one thing that sticks out to me is that the guy with the broken leg knew Sano. I thought the report said they grew up together. To me, that changes a lot of the dynamics of the situation.

I suppose people will believe what they want to believe, but absent any additional information, this looks like an unfortunate accident.


I hope the newly reported story is in fact the real story, for all involved.

However, I'm with Tom on this one.
The incredibly vast difference between the initial story and the more recent story just doesn't smell right.
I get that early breaking news is often inaccurate, but these two stories aren't even remotely in the same ballpark.
Different country, different rules. I believe this was just an unfortunate accident, not a drunken police of stupidity.
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Old Twins Cap
Oct 11 2018 07:19 PM

Nothing to see here.

 

Sano backs over a policeman at 3:00 a.m. outside a Club, breaks his leg, drives him to hospital, happens to know him, and despite reports of being detained and having run over the officer on purpose, all is well.

 

Take out some cash money, talk it over."Aqui nos reglamos."

 

Just another day in the life of Miguel.

 

And, he's going to be A-1 come February, after leading the league in SO%.

 

Whoever the Twins hire to manage, they better be able to handle Boqueton when it comes to sweet talk in Spanish.

 

Another thing we shouldn't toss aside: Sano has money and is probably a big target for extortion, especially in a country like the DR.

 

I'm not saying I believe that's what happened here, but as long as we're throwing out theories I think it's fair to suggest it's possible this was local law enforcement shaking down Sano.

 

What actually happened? I have no idea, but the way the information has come out, details and timeline in which everything happened definitely seems fishy. I'd sure like to believe this ESPN report is the way things went down and hope that the officer has a speedy recovery.

Wilson Ramos ring a bell?

 

If memory serves, he was kidnapped in Venezuela for ransom, which I guess was sort of a cottage industry in Venezuela a few years ago.

 

So yeah, shaking down someone in another country isn't beyond the realm of possibility.

 

Heck, back in the seventies, a couple of buddies of mine were shaken down at the Mexican border when trying to come back into the US. Pretty funny story. Border guards tried to get $80 and my buddies talked the border guards down to $40. 


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