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What To Do With Carmona

January 22, 2012 - Al Stephenson
When I think of Fausto Carmona (or whoever he is) two things come to mind. First, when his sinker is at the bottom of the strike zone, or at least near enough to make hitters swing, he can be an awesome pitcher. Secondly, I don't believe I have ever seen an athlete perspire more than he does. I mean his cap would be soaked early on in a game as beads of sweat dripped from the bill.

Turns out that he may have been sweating that he might be caught in a lie.

Word now comes from the Dominican Republic that Carmona has been arrested for not telling the truth about his age. He is really 31 not the 28 he claims to be. Perhaps even more bizarre is that he is not Fausto Carmona at all. His real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia - that is if you choose to believe the Dominican authorities.

Not being totally truthful about your age has been a problem for years with many Latin players. The reason that some lie about their age is that big league baseball thinks it takes a couple of extra years for these players to be ready for the majors. With language concerns among other things, clubs will bring these players along more slowly. Therefore it behooves the players to be a little younger than they actually are.

Now changing your name is not a big deal - if done legally. Why Carmona, er Heredia, chose to falsify his moniker is a good question. My question is why pick a name like Fausto if you are trying to be secretive? Maybe we will find out eventually. The whole story could be fascinating.

The problem that the Cleveland Indians have now is what to do with the man. No one seems to know if he will be able to leave the Dominican anytime soon. He may be sent to jail. He may never get a visa again. Should the Indians void his contract? Should they wait patiently and welcome him back with open arms (if his story is a good one)?

All this will play out in the future. For now the view from my seat suggests that the only option for the Tribe that would not be a good one is this. DO NOT trade him for a player to be named later!


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