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Pacman Not the Only Athlete in Hot Water

Bad news for Mets fans: Not only is the team's shaky bullpen -- barring a huge offseason overhaul (more likely than not) -- decimated by the loss of closer Billy Wagner, they also could be missing one of the guys who tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to fill the gap in his stead.

That's because Ambiorix Burgos, a native of the Dominican Republic who's already back in his homeland, has been jailed for three months awaiting trial on a charge of killing two women in a hit-and-run accident.

From the AP:

Burgos is accused of abandoning the victims of the Sept. 30 accident and fleeing, charges that can carry six months to two years in prison. He disappeared after the accident but turned himself in Tuesday.

Prosecutor Raul Quiroz said an investigation could lead to additional charges in the deaths of Angely Fana, 29, and Josefina Minaya, 38. Fana's mother, Eudosia Ruane, has accused Burgos of intentionally running her daughter over because she refused to go out with him.

Witnesses say Burgos was the driver of the Hummer that struck the two women, according to police. But Burgos told AP Wednesday night he was sitting in the back seat of the truck, with his cousin at the wheel.

Burgos, who arrived at a packed courthouse under heavy security, said many people in this town are jealous of him and "exaggerate things" because he is the only Major League pitcher from Nagua.

Sounds a bit dodgy, doesn't it? Wait, it gets worse.

Despite the order from judge Nicolasa Sabala, Burgos said he was confident he would get out of jail in time for an Oct. 23 court date in New York where he faces assault and harassment charges for allegedly throwing his girlfriend to the ground.

"I'll get out of here soon ,and I'll also clear up what happened in New York," he said.

Burgos also faces an unrelated charge of illegal weapon possession and had recently been released after posting a $3,000 bond.

Burgos' confidence aside, one has to wonder whether he has a future in New York. He had a middling year with the Mets on the field -- his 3.42 ERA is as close to a highlight as you'll see among his statistics -- and, as previously mentioned, the Mets are almost certain to restock their entire bullpen.

Of course, like Pacman Jones, whose "second chance" in Dallas seems to be nearing a precarious crossroads, one has to think that some team will give Burgos a shot at employment. The talent is there, even if his execution has always been a bit behind the eight-ball.

In fact, judging by the picture from the article, maybe he already has a deal worked out with the White Sox? Can anyone else remember a professional baseball player openly wearing the hat of another team ... let alone doing so for a court appearance? Seems like quite an affront to Omar Minaya and the Mets front office, doesn't it?

By Cameron Smith  |  October 9, 2008; 4:34 PM ET
Categories:  Mets  
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