Identity and Age Fraud Keeps Cleveland Pitcher Out of the Game
Cleveland pitcher Roberto Hernandez, also known as Fausto Carmona, was suspended because he lied about his age and his identity in his native country of the Dominican Republic. This happened when he attempted to renew his visa before coming back to the United States. Not only did his name not match but it was also found that he is three years older than the age of 31 listed on his paperwork.
Eek! Why would someone lie about such important facts when they know they must travel across country borders? It doesn’t make a lot of sense but he might have had hidden reasons that we cannot understand on the surface.
Hernadez, Fausto Carmona, was suspended for three weeks by the MLB. He then had to return to his home country to sort out his legal affairs. He’s now returned to the Indians and a million dollar contract in the States.
Many will say that this is a light sentence considering other cases of identity and age frauds have gotten players permanently suspended and even deported.
The MLB needs to have more consistency in their sentencing and perhaps have a set penalty for this type of player conduct infraction. Miami Marlins’ Juan Carlos Oviedo, aka Leo Nunez, got eight weeks suspension for the same type of charges.
So why are players changing their identities in the first place? Continue reading Identity and Age Fraud Keeps Cleveland Pitcher Out of the Game