More Dominican Age Irregularities
If there was any question over whether the Esmailyn Gonzalez scandal would have a trickle down effect in baseball, we can now officially consider those moot.
According to this report from the Associated Press, Major League Baseball is investigating the reported ages of 42 different prospects from the Dominican Republic (42!). Each case originated out of the United States consulate in the Dominican, and the investigations began just a week ago.
The investigation was announced by Lou Melendez, baseball's vice president of international affairs and the general manager of team Puerto Rico in the ongoing World Baseball Classic.
Yes, you read the preceding two paragraphs correctly. In just a week, MLB found 42 suspicious age cases among a crop of potential "irregularities" that were brought to their attention. Just think what they might find if they investigated all the prospects signed from the D.R.
We all know how and why these age "discrepancies" happen; Barry explained that in rather vivid detail a few days ago right here. And let's all be honest: If we grew up pitching into a chain link fence next to our next meal, we probably wouldn't feel too bad for lying about our age, either.
Clearly, scandals about age and bonus payments among Latin players are the new/old steroids, and it's hard to avoid the feeling that the ongoing investigation -- and the likely ones that will follow -- will show that deception in the Dominican Republic has a much longer legacy than most realized. Now the question is just how deeply the damage will cut.
March 12, 2009; 9:11 AM ET
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