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Friday, May 11, 2007

Arizona Republic: Arrest puts Callaspo in limbo

Infielder Alberto Callaspo’s immediate future with the Diamondbacks is up in the air after he was arrested Thursday by Phoenix police on suspicion of assault on his wife and criminal damage.

Callaspo, 24, was booked into Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and one count of criminal damage, a Class 6 felony, Detective Stacie Derge said… Derge said officers responded Thursday afternoon to a call to Callaspo’s residence at the Legacy Golf Resort, near the intersection of 32nd Street and Baseline Road. Callaspo’s wife, Marianny Paola, 22, had minor injuries, Derge said.
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The Diamondbacks took immediate action, prohibiting Callaspo from making the road trip, although no announcement was made on how the club will proceed.

First Julio Mateo, now Callaspo.  Busy week on the police blotter for wife-beating players.

MLB.com: Callaspo not with team after arrest
AP: Arizona rookie infielder arrested for allegedly assaulting wife

NTNgod Posted: May 11, 2007 at 04:52 AM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. npurcell Posted: May 11, 2007 at 04:58 AM (#2360600)
I wonder how this effects the pedroia/callaspo bickerings.
   2. NTNgod Posted: May 11, 2007 at 04:59 AM (#2360603)
I wonder how this effects the pedroia/callaspo bickerings.

Pedroia's going to rob a bank tomorrow... he won't be upstaged!
   3. Anthony Giacalone Posted: May 11, 2007 at 05:06 AM (#2360607)
Callaspo! UCCF's not going to be happy to hear about this.
   4. shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2007 at 05:19 AM (#2360612)
The TV news said he was charged with assaulting his 22 yr. old wife, and also criminal damage to the home. He was arrested at 1:00 PM, and was still undergoing question as of a little while ago?????, and was going to be transferred to the 4th st. Jail in Phoenix in a little while.

This totally sucks for his wife, and for the organization as well. Not much else to say without more detail...but I am sure he will be off the team.
   5. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: May 11, 2007 at 05:30 AM (#2360614)
What the hell is "criminal damage to the home"?

Anyway, it looks like Callaspo-for-Bulger might not have been such a bad trade after all ...
   6. shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2007 at 05:36 AM (#2360616)
I think, but am not sure, if the polic are called to a home on a domestic dispute, and they see stuff broken, like a TV, or glass or windows, or furniture, stuff like that, whoever busted stuff up gets arrested for criminal damage.
   7. shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2007 at 05:38 AM (#2360617)
The daughter of the Scottsdale Police Chief was arrested on similar charges

Link
   8. shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2007 at 05:44 AM (#2360618)
13-1602 Criminal Damage

A. A person commits criminal damage by recklessly:

1. Defacing or damaging property of another person; or

2. Tampering with property of another person so as substantially to impair its function or value; or

3. Tampering with the property of a utility.

4. Parking any vehicle in such a manner as to deprive livestock of access to the only reasonably available water.

5. Drawing or inscribing a message, slogan, sign or symbol that is made on any public or private building, structure or surface, except the ground, and that is made without permission of the owner.

B. Criminal damage is punished as follows:

1. Criminal damage is a class 4 felony if the person recklessly damages property of another in an amount of ten thousand dollars or more, or if the person recklessly causes impairment of the functioning of any utility.

2. Criminal damage is a class 5 felony if the person recklessly damages property of another in an amount of two thousand dollars or more but less than ten thousand dollars.

3. Criminal damage is a class 6 felony if the person recklessly damages property of another in an amount of more than two hundred fifty dollars but less than two thousand dollars.

4. In all other cases criminal damage is a class 2 misdemeanor.

Link
   9. shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2007 at 05:46 AM (#2360619)
oops...meant to paste this part,....Sorrry

13-1601 Criminal Damage (definitions)

In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. "Damaging" means "damage" as defined in section 13-1701.

2. "Defacing" means any unnecessary act of substantially marring any surface or place, by any means,

or any act of putting up, affixing, fastening, printing, or painting any notice upon any structure, without permission from the owner.

3. "Litter" includes any rubbish, refuse, waste material, offal, paper, glass, cans, bottles, organic or inorganic trash, debris, filthy or odoriferous objects, dead animals, or any foreign substance of whatever kind or description, including junked or abandoned vehicles, whether or not any of these items are of value.

4. "Property of another" means property in which any person other than the defendant has an interest, including community property and other property in which the defendant also has an interest.
5. "Tamper" means any act of interference.

6. "Utility" means any enterprise, public or private, which provides gas, electric, steam, water, sewer or communications services, as well as any common carrier on land, rail, sea or air.
   10. Robert S. Posted: May 11, 2007 at 06:05 AM (#2360623)
Oh, hell.
   11. 1k5v3L Posted: May 11, 2007 at 06:24 AM (#2360625)
Even though I sponsor Callaspo's b-ref page, I do not condone this behavior. In fact, it's really really #### sad and pathetic. Am trusting the Dbacks will take appropriate actions here. It'll be a shame if this is the end of Callaspo's career in Arizona...
   12. 1k5v3L Posted: May 11, 2007 at 06:32 AM (#2360626)

Pedroia's going to rob a bank tomorrow... he won't be upstaged!


Nah, watch him take off with kevin's family jewels...
   13. NTNgod Posted: May 11, 2007 at 06:36 AM (#2360628)
"We do not feel that he should be with the team due to the allegations," Hall said

Considering Callaspo was in police custody at the time, it's pretty funny if the club is trying to spin Callaspo's not being on the flight as being proactive on their part.

I doubt the team had much say on the matter...
   14. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: May 11, 2007 at 07:27 AM (#2360638)
So criminal damage is ... vandalism.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: May 11, 2007 at 11:55 AM (#2360659)
assaulting your wife is a misdemeanor, criminal damage is a felony?

Well, that'll teach him to park his vehicle in such a manner as to deprive her livestock of access to the only reasonably available water.
   16. GGC for Sale Posted: May 11, 2007 at 11:56 AM (#2360660)
So criminal damage is ... vandalism.


Yeah, the language becomes more complicated. Human resources is ... personnel. Sellshock is ... post-traumatic stress.

Why does it seem like it's easier for a player to get a thread by doing something off the field as opposed to on the field?
   17. jim in providence Posted: May 11, 2007 at 12:57 PM (#2360675)
Any team that has Bulger might have some PR difficulties

A new twist on Whiteyball, that's for sure.

I assume Callaspo's here on a work visa - if he's convicted, what are the likely consequences for his immigration status? Is it typically a one-strike-and-your-out sort of thing?
   18. HowardMegdal Posted: May 11, 2007 at 02:21 PM (#2360728)
This is shocking to me. I just saw him play the Mets, and he couldn't hit anything.
   19. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 11, 2007 at 02:38 PM (#2360737)
Beatin' his wife turned out to be a pretty good career move for Julio Lugo. I wouldn't count Callaspo out yet.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2007 at 02:44 PM (#2360741)
Brett Myers still has a major league job.
   21. Francoeur Sans Gages (AlouGoodbye) Posted: May 11, 2007 at 02:47 PM (#2360744)
It's an unfortunate name. When I see "James Bulger" I will always think of the tragedy.
   22. NTNgod Posted: May 11, 2007 at 11:33 PM (#2361206)
Callaspo made an initial court appearance Friday and was released without bail. He was ordered him to stay away from his wife of two years, Marianny Paola, and the couple's home. Callaspo and his wife have a 1-year-old child.

Prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges. A status conference was set for May 25.

The court document said Callaspo told officers he argued with his 22-year-old wife and kicked her in the buttocks after she pushed him. Paola sustained minor abrasions and had a foot mark on her pants, officer Christopher Meraz wrote.

Callaspo also told officers he threw a video camera and cell phone to the floor during the argument.
AP
   23. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 12, 2007 at 01:46 AM (#2361420)
Cheer up, levski. This will help out your team. He was never any prospect anyway.


Yea, cause 2 months dictates his entire future prospects. At least Callaspo can play defense, what are you going to do, DH Pedroia?:)

Kicking your wive in the butt isn't much of an offense, I expect him back on the team after the usual mea culpas.
   24. Raskolnikov Posted: May 12, 2007 at 03:41 AM (#2361461)
Callaspo made an initial court appearance Friday and was released without bail. He was ordered him to stay away from his wife of two years, Marianny Paola, and the couple's home. Callaspo and his wife have a 1-year-old child.

Prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges. A status conference was set for May 25.

The court document said Callaspo told officers he argued with his 22-year-old wife and kicked her in the buttocks after she pushed him. Paola sustained minor abrasions and had a foot mark on her pants, officer Christopher Meraz wrote.

Callaspo also told officers he threw a video camera and cell phone to the floor during the argument.


I guess that when D-back fans told him to kick ass, he took it literally.
   25. shoewizard Posted: May 12, 2007 at 02:32 PM (#2361602)
More detail HERE

HOUSTON - Court documents released Friday indicate that Diamondbacks infielder Alberto Callaspo had a history of domestic violence before he was arrested Thursday on suspicion of assaulting his wife.

Callaspo was released on his own recognizance Friday, a day after he was booked on one count of assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, after an incident that left his wife, Marianny Paola, with minor injuries, according to Phoenix police.

According to the booking documents, Callaspo had a "previous altercation" with his wife "during which time the victim (Paola) was cut with a knife.



Of course his Lawyer downplays things:

Green said the media are blowing the case out of proportion.

"Domestic violence cases are very serious," Green said. "(But) I don't see any significant injury. It appears that maybe she started it. . . . The news seems to be picking out things like 'kicked' and 'pushed,' and they're not reading the whole thing. I think the public needs to know it's not that type of a case. There are two people involved. He's not coming home and beating his wife."


And his agent weighs in on how the team is handling things:


A club official said the Diamondbacks placed Callaspo on the restricted list because of a failure to report for the team's charter flight to Houston on Thursday. Players on the restricted list do not get paid. Callaspo, whose base salary is $380,000, has missed two days' pay, costing him $2,076 per day.

"Alberto is ready, willing and able to join the team on the road and fulfill his responsibilities," said Mark Gilling, Callaspo's agent.

Gilling said the team does not have "just cause" to keep Callaspo on the restricted list. Gilling said he heard Hall say in radio interviews Friday that the club decided immediately upon hearing of the arrest that Callaspo should not accompany the team. Gilling also said Hall was "admitting they were just allegations and that they don't know what happened."

"Under the collective bargaining agreement," Gilling said, "that doesn't pass muster as just cause."

Callaspo has minor league options remaining, so he can be reinstated from the restricted list and sent to Triple-A Tucson.
   26. Swedish Chef Posted: May 12, 2007 at 02:35 PM (#2361604)
Kicking your wife is a misdemenour and throwing a cell phone is a felony?
   27. shoewizard Posted: May 14, 2007 at 04:47 PM (#2363493)
Union to file grievance for Callaspo
Nick Piecoro
The Arizona Republic
May. 13, 2007 12:00 AM

HOUSTON - The agent for infielder Alberto Callaspo said the players union will file a grievance on his behalf Monday over the Diamondbacks' decision to place Callaspo on the restricted list, a designation that costs Callaspo salary.

Callaspo was arrested Thursday on suspicion of assaulting his wife and criminal damage, and the Diamondbacks placed him on the restricted list on the grounds that he failed to report for the team's charter flight to Houston.

Agent Mark Gilling said his client is ready to rejoin the team but that the Diamondbacks do not want him to play. Gilling, who said he is not trying to cast Callaspo as the victim, does not believe the restricted list is the proper place for his client.

"Under the collective bargaining agreement, it's clear it's not an appropriate action," Gilling said. "The Diamondbacks, in making this decision, have forced him to have to file a grievance, because he is entitled to be paid."

Gilling said if the Diamondbacks do not want Callaspo to play for them, they can release him.

The Diamondbacks could end up taking Callaspo off the restricted list and optioning him to Triple-A Tucson.

Players on the restricted list do not get paid. Callaspo's status has cost him about $6,200 the past three days.


There was some discussion Here about the options the team had and what would have been the correct choice.

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