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Miguel Sano Detained In Dominican Republic

Miguel Sano was detained in his hometown of San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic, for a traffic incident involving a police officer. He was released from jail but will need to return on Monday. We will continue to update this article as details emerge.
Image courtesy of Rick Osentoski, USA Today
According to a variety of reports, Sano left a club around 3 a.m. The exact details are still not clear, but it appears the vehicle Sano was in made contact with an officer.



The police officer is in the hospital with a broken leg. Some reports say that Sano has offered to pay for any of the officer's medical bills.



At this stage, it is clear that an incident happened. Of course, we all need to let it play out to see what comes of it.

It is certain that this story will not go away. It continues what has been a bad year for Sano.

Sano missed the final two months of the 2017 season because of a broken leg. After the season, he had surgery to insert a titanium rod into his leg.

In December, allegations of assault surfaced on Twitter. An MLB investigation led to him not being suspended due to insufficient evidence.

On the field, Sano struggled so much in his return, striking out at a very high rate, that he was sent all the way down to Ft. Myers to basically start over. He returned in better shape, but the numbers didn't come back right away.

In early September, he slid late into second and rolled on the ground in pain. While his leg was deemed structurally sound, he did not play the rest of the season because of it.

This is a big offseason for Miguel Sano on many levels, and this is not the way for it to start.

UPDATES

I will try to keep things updated on here, though I can't promise to see or read everything. Twins Latinos (Mariana Guzman) has been keeping up on this as well. Here is a tweet she said that says that there may have been gun shots.



Darren Wolfson of KSTP passed along an official statement from the Twins via Twitter:



ESPN has additional reporting Monday morning that sheds additional light to the situation. The entire article is worth reading, but here's the main takeaway:

"Sano, who was leaving a nightclub in his native San Pedro de Macoris at 3 a.m. on Sunday in the company of his wife, had been speaking to police officer Argenis Emilio Gillandeux in front of the club. After the exchange, he went to back up his white pickup truck without realizing that Gillandeux had not moved his motorcycle from behind him, a spokesman for the Dominican national police, Coronel Frank Duran Mejia, told Enrique Rojas on Monday."

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There's really no question that Sano is more interested in the stereotypical pro athlete lifestyle than actually being a good MLB player. Whatever the exact details in this incident, I have little hope that he will do what he needs to do to get on track as a baseball player.

 

At this point, the Twins just have to hope he is able to do well enough to build up some trade value, either at the deadline (not in contention) or after 2019.

 

There's no doubt about it. He's a playboy. He'd be much better off in New York where he can get shofered from one night club to the next with his fellow athletes. They at least could keep an eye on him, because he's obviously pretty dumb when it comes to this kind of behavior. 

 

Anyhow he's lucky this happened in the Dominican and not the USA. A hit and run charge, assault (via his vehicle) of a police officer, DUI, would be EASY multiple felony convictions in every US state. 

 

Interesting question if he is found guilty, or pleads, to a crime.Assuming this is all behind him by March, he still needs a visa every year.Will he get it if he has a criminal record?

 

Several days, or weeks ago I made a comment here about my hope that the Twins would get lucky and one of the two, Buxton and Sano, would put it together and be the player they can be in 2019...or something to that extent.Sure is beginning to look like all that weight is gonna be on Buxton's shoulders as he may be the only one available to play come opening day.

 

That's a good question.He better hire a VERY GOOD lawyer at this point because he might be ineligible for a work VISA depending on the outcome of this incident in the Dominican.The US immigration official will likely make a determination the next time he attempts to apply for a VISA.If convicted (doesn't sound like he's going to be and he's LUCKY) he could be ineligible and have to file an I-192 waiver for "Legal Forgiveness."  

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RatherBeGolfing
Oct 08 2018 07:06 AM

So sick of it

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birdwatcher
Oct 08 2018 07:07 AM

 

that's were Sano is laying low, apparently

 

 

Venezuela is a complete mess. Maybe Sano can relate.

I have posted several times that Sano is injury prone below the neck and lacking in true desire to excel and very immature above the neck. Twins should put the baseball totally in his court. No special treatment one way or another. Off season.....totally on Sano. Whether or not to even show up for spring training.....totally on Sano. How he performs and/or listens to coaching during spring training....totally on Sano. Who goes north in 2019 on the final roster....totally on Sano. Time to act and perform like what he is supposed to be or go back to DR and play slow pitch softball.

 

There's no doubt about it. He's a playboy. He'd be much better off in New York where he can get shofered from one night club to the next with his fellow athletes. 

 

His wife was with him...

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terrydactyls1947
Oct 08 2018 07:49 AM
Do you folks have more infrmation than what was posted by Seth? His report was that a vehicle Sano was in came in contact with a police officer. Everyone seems to assume he was the driver. Anyone know definitively? There may have been gun shots? Nothing concrete in that statement either, but it seems to be an accepted fact in some comments. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, could it be possible that Sano was riding with a friend and a policeman was hit? Is it possible the friend's car backfired when it stopped sounding like a gunshot? Maybe Mr. Sano offered to pay medical expenses to help out his friend and to be a good citizen? A lot of conclusions drawn from a vague report.
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Major Leauge Ready
Oct 08 2018 07:55 AM

 

I have posted several times that Sano is injury prone below the neck and lacking in true desire to excel and very immature above the neck. Twins should put the baseball totally in his court. No special treatment one way or another. Off season.....totally on Sano. Whether or not to even show up for spring training.....totally on Sano. How he performs and/or listens to coaching during spring training....totally on Sano. Who goes north in 2019 on the final roster....totally on Sano. Time to act and perform like what he is supposed to be or go back to DR and play slow pitch softball.

 

He could be very important to this team. If you don't care about that, we made a $4M investment followed by several years of development. Plus, we don't even know the facts. So, before we flush Sano, let's find out the facts and try to assist him IF HE DEMONSTRATES A WILLINGNESS to get it together.

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Just to play devil's advocate, what if the gun shots reported were fired by somebody else, and spooked Sano, who drove off to avoid the gun fire, and accidentally drove over the officer? What if the officer was shaking him down for a bribe?

 

Lots of unknowns - I'm not a fan of Sano, with the stuff that went on last offseason, but it's too early to say what happened here.

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woolywoolhouse
Oct 08 2018 08:26 AM

I've said it before: all the Twins need to do to knock some sense into a player on their team with all the talent in the world to succeed is have Torii Hunter punch Nick Punto.

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“Shofered”

LOL
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Tom Froemming
Oct 08 2018 08:45 AM

 

Do you folks have more infrmation than what was posted by Seth? His report was that a vehicle Sano was in came in contact with a police officer. Everyone seems to assume he was the driver. Anyone know definitively? There may have been gun shots? Nothing concrete in that statement either, but it seems to be an accepted fact in some comments. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, could it be possible that Sano was riding with a friend and a policeman was hit? Is it possible the friend's car backfired when it stopped sounding like a gunshot? Maybe Mr. Sano offered to pay medical expenses to help out his friend and to be a good citizen? A lot of conclusions drawn from a vague report.

I took a look around to see if there was any more information out there this morning, and it appears the USA Today article is still the most concrete reporting we have on the situation. Here's how they worded things:

 

"Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was detained by police in the Dominican Republic after a traffic incident early Sunday morning during which Sano ran over a police officer.

 

Sano struck officer Argenis Emilio Gillandeux with his vehicle, leaving him with a broken leg. The officer was on duty outside the nightclub Riversay in San Pedro de Macoris, according to the police report.

 

Sano was driving a vehicle without license plates and did not have his ID."

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I'm not saying Sano needs to be a hermit at home and not have a life... But come on, man. After what he's been through over the last 12 months think about what you're doing. Being out at a club until 3 AM isn't smart.
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I'd like to say "this is what happens when you get a six million dollar bonus as a teenager" but other players get huge bonuses to sign, stash the money, and go on to become good major league players. 

 

Whats does this say about Sano's character??!

 

Signing young players is such a crap shoot.

 

I dunno, man. There is footage of him doing batting practice in DR for prospective teams. He had a huge entourage, even then. That's a red flag. Which other Twins have giant entourages, or entourages at all?

This situation sure makes me appreciate all the wonderful things I read (here) about the good "character" of young players such as Lewis, Kiriloff, and others. I agree with the comment much earlier that it is getting harder and harder to cheer for MS, and there is increasingly less that warrants a cheer on the field or off.

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108Stitches
Oct 08 2018 09:11 AM
Damnit Sano you’re making everyone fight in here!! Everyone chill out and breathe! It’ll be ok.
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ashburyjohn
Oct 08 2018 09:36 AM

Damnit Sano you’re making everyone fight in here!! Everyone chill out and breathe! It’ll be ok.

If only there was a way for Twins Daily to set up some mechanism for keeping discussions of difficult topics on track and civil. Oh, wait...

 

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He just has not proven to be good enough, or durable enough, to put up with this crap.Hope he enjoys riding the bus at AAA.

 

I dunno, man. There is footage of him doing batting practice in DR for prospective teams. He had a huge entourage, even then. That's a red flag. Which other Twins have giant entourages, or entourages at all?

 

There you go, treated like a prima donna from a young age.

I really wish he were spending this off-season in Fort Myers, and he were spending the hours around 3 am at home in his bed.

 

He gets to live his life, but I get to wish my wishes.

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This ESPN story has a very, VERY different version of events.

 

http://www.espn.com/...dent-police-say

 

Apparently, this was a misunderstanding. He wasn't stopped. He was talking to the officer after he left the club then accidentally backed up over his foot, not realizing the officer was still there. He was detained for a few hours but is only being issued a ticket for not having a license plate.

 

Kind of irritating how things came out initially, especially with the "fired his gun in the air" part.

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ESPN just released an updated report. Apparently he isn't going to be charged. Backed as he was leaving the club and then drove the officer to the hospital. Whether it's true or not who knows, but that's the current story.

 

http://www.espn.com/...dent-police-say

 

I do find it interesting that there's no mention of gunshots in this account.

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This ESPN story has a very, VERY different version of events.

 

http://www.espn.com/...dent-police-say

 

Apparently, this was a misunderstanding. He wasn't stopped. He was talking to the officer after he left the club then accidentally backed up over his foot, not realizing the officer was still there. He was detained for a few hours but is only being issued a ticket for not having a license plate.

 

Kind of irritating how things came out initially, especially with the "fired his gun in the air" part.

Well then you go and steal my thunder... just kidding.

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DFA

 

Let him be Delmon Young somewhere else.

This is where I'm at too. Just cut him loose.

 

ESPN just released an updated report. Apparently he isn't going to be charged. Backed as he was leaving the club and then drove the officer to the hospital. Whether it's true or not who knows, but that's the current story.

 

http://www.espn.com/...dent-police-say

 

I do find it interesting that there's no mention of gunshots in this account.

 

 

From there:

 

""The citizen, Miguel Sano, was sent today to the traffic court to comply with the due process in these types of cases," said Duran. "It is a formality when someone is injured in a vehicular accident. It is important to clarify that the policeman declared that the accident was not intentional, and that Sano hit his leg when Sano was reversing his vehicle to leave the place and that the baseball player was the first to provide help and never abandoned the scene. Neither the agent nor the national police plan to charge Sano with anything.""

 

I hope that this is it with the media witch hunt.

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