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Julio Mateo | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (40) / 8/2/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Former major league reliever Julio Mateo was arrested on suspicion of forgery last weekend after police discovered counterfeit $100 bills in his hotel room.
Mateo hasn't pitched in the majors since being arested on spousal abuse charges and skipping out on the Mariners last May. He was pitching for San Francisco's Triple-A team this year. According to the Albuquerque police reports, Mateo is accused of using a counterfeit $100 bill to pay a $26.80 cab fare for himself and Fresno teammate Victor Santos. After investigating officers received permission from Mateo to enter his hotel room, an officer saw "two stacks [of] money with $100 bills on top of the stacks," a police report said. Tue, Jul 29, 2008 09:45:00 PM

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Free agent Julio Mateo pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of beating his wife in a Manhattan hotel and was sentenced to take part in a domestic abuse program.

Mateo, who was arrested on May 5, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Because of the guilty plea, he will avoid jailtime, although if he fails to complete his domestic abuse program, he'll have to spend a year behind bars.
Tue, Dec 18, 2007 04:15:00 PM

Phillies released RHP Julio Mateo.

The Phillies never used Mateo after acquiring him from the Mariners, who banished him after his domestic-violence arrest and an unexecused absence last May. If his personal problems are behind him, he'd be at least as good of a bet as some of the relievers likely to get guaranteed $1 million-$2 million contracts this winter. He just needs to get back into a big ballpark. We'd be surprised if the Padres failed make him an offer.
Wed, Dec 5, 2007 03:56:00 PM

Phillies acquired RHP Julio Mateo from the Mariners for infielder Jesus Merchan.

It sounded like Seattle wanted to keep Mateo in the minors for the duration of his contract as punishment for the May incident in which he was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute and missed a game without permission. While he definitely deserved to be punished -- over the former if the report was true and over the latter regardless -- the Mariners should have simply released him if they wanted nothing at all to do with him. Fortunately, Mateo will get back to the majors now, and while Citizens Bank Park won't be kind to his tendency to give up a lot of long flies, he should be a capable middle reliever for Philadelphia.
Tue, Jul 31, 2007 04:50:00 PM

The Phillies have acquired Julio Mateo from the Mariners, ESPN's Jayson Stark reports.

It might be for infielder Danny Sandoval. It's nice to see Mateo is no longer being held hostage by Seattle. Citizens Bank Park is a bad fit for his extreme flyball tendencies, but he'll still be of some help in middle relief.
Tue, Jul 31, 2007 03:48:00 PM

Despite a 0.83 ERA and 11 saves at Triple-A, the Mariners are said to have no plans to recall Julio Mateo while his third-degree assault charge is pending.

If the Octavio Dotel doesn't end up in Atlanta, Seattle seems to be heavily in the mix. Dan Wheeler and Al Reyes have also been linked to a Mariners team that is apparently looking hard for bullpen help.
Tue, Jul 31, 2007 10:57:00 AM

Julio Mateo pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Friday and has a 1.03 ERA in 26 1/3 innings for Triple-A Tacoma.

Obviously, Mateo made a huge mistake a couple of months ago when he arrested after allegedly assaulting his wife. Still, it hardly seems fair that the Mariners are holding him hostage like this. His performance didn't justify the demotion in the first place, and if the Mariners have decided they have no further use for him, they should trade or release him.
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 04:01:00 PM

Mariners players held a meeting to discuss whether they'll accept Julio Mateo back on the team, but general manager Bill Bavasi said Thursday that he remains unsure about what to do with the reliever who was charged with assaulting his wife last month.

Mateo has a 2.45 ERA in eight appearances at Triple-A. "He isn't going to have any problems down there," Bavasi said. "We know he can pitch."
Fri, Jun 15, 2007 10:47:00 AM

Julio Mateo has been removed from the Temporarily Inactive List and will report to Triple-A Tacoma Thursday.

Mateo was demoted to Triple-A and suspended for 10 days without pay following his May 5 arrest. "Mateo has continued to voluntarily work with his counselor," a statement released by the Mariners said. "The Mariners have been advised by her that he is working diligently and is ready to be returned to the work environment."
Thu, May 24, 2007 09:58:00 AM

Julio Mateo, who was sent down by the Mariners after being arrested last week, had a grievance filed on his behalf by the MLBPA on Thursday.

Mateo was also suspended, losing 10 days pay, and is now on the inactive list at Triple-A Tacoma. He was arrested May 5 for his alleged involvement in a domestic dispute.
Thu, May 17, 2007 08:04:00 PM

Mariners placed RHP Julio Mateo on the Temporarily Inactive List at Triple-A Tacoma.

The move comes two weeks after Mateo was arrested and charged with assaulting his wife in New York. He previously served a 10-day suspension without pay, but will now receive paychecks while sitting out. Asked if Mateo will pitch for the Mariners again, general manager Bill Bavasi said, "That's way too far in the future and hypothetical. I'll leave that one alone."
Thu, May 17, 2007 10:59:00 AM

Mariners suspended RHP Julio Mateo for 10 days without pay for missing yesterday's game in New York without club permission.

After already demoting him to the minors? The Mariners must feel like they can take a stand when it's a middle reliever involved. Still, it's not really an unfair punishment.
Sun, May 6, 2007 02:27:00 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Julio Mateo to Triple-A Tacoma.

This is all about whatever happened between Mateo and his wife this morning and then Mateo skipping the game today. He had a 3.75 ERA in nine appearances this season. He'll collect his $1 million salary for however long he's in the minors.
Sat, May 5, 2007 08:54:00 PM

Julio Mateo was wanted for questioning Saturday in a domestic dispute that left his wife needing stitches to her mouth, police said.

Mateo, who was available Friday, didn't show up for the game against the Yankees in New York. "We've encouraged Julio to cooperate with the proper authorities and it's our understanding that's what he plans to do," Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly said. "Otherwise, while this is in the legal system, we can't have any further comment."
Sat, May 5, 2007 05:31:00 PM

Mariners placed RHP Julio Mateo on the 60-day disabled list with a broken right hand.

He suffered the season-ending injury today. Mateo was returning a weight to the rack and his hand slipped and got pinned between a weight and the rack. He ends the year with nine wins and a 4.19 ERA in 53 2/3 innings of relief work.
Mon, Aug 28, 2006 09:44:00 PM

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