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Report: Prospect Lied About Age, Name [Updated]

In 2006, the Washington Nationals signed a shortstop from the Dominican Republic. They gave him a bonus of $1.4 million. They welcomed him with a press conference. The unprecedented ceremony was meant not just to announce this particular signing, but to underscore Washington's intent to scout -- and scout well -- in the Latin countries after years of inactivity.

Today, the Nationals have learned that the gem of their Dominican scouting program isn't who he said he was.

According to a report on Sports Illustrated's Web site, the shortstop once known as Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez has falsified his name and age. His true identity: Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo. His true age: 23, or four years older than the Nationals believed. According to current data, the Nationals list Gonzalez's birthday as Sept. 21, 1989.

This morning, Jose Rijo, who owns the academy that the Nationals use as their Dominican base, said, "I don't know what to believe."

Rijo declined to address why the team, when signing Gonzalez, dealt with buscon (or street agent) named Basilio Vizcaino, rather than with Gonzalez's then-agent, Rob Plummer.

(The Post's Barry Svrluga talked to Rijo, Gonzalez and Vizcaino in a December 2006 story that focused on the sometimes-unethical dealings between agents and MLB in the Dominican Republic.)

Asked if he sought documentation at the time of the signing, Rijo said, "[Heck] no. That's not my job. That's why the major league has an investigation. Before we sign [a player] he has to go through them... You see a document, but you're going to see a, you know, a real or fake one either way. But that doesn't matter. It has to go through Major League Baseball before you can get the player signed. They do their investigation; they do everything."

Gonzalez/Lugo is due to appear in Viera, Fla., by the time March 13 reporting date for Washington's minor league spring training. But it is unknown whether this revelation jeopardizes his status with the team or his ability to reenter the country.

Washington team president Stan Kasten is planning to address the situation this afternoon in a conference call with media members. All other team officials have been instructed to decline comment.

Gonzalez/Lugo wasn't invited to big league spring training this year, but he was listed just last month by Baseball America's as Washington's 10th-best prospect. He spent the last two seasons in the Nationalss organization, playing both years in the Gulf Coast League. In 2008, he hit .343 in 51 games and won the GCL batting title.

The revelation about Gonzalez's age not only reduces his value as a prospect. It also provides a reminder about the perils of scouting in the Dominican Republic, where already the Nationals have a spotty track record.

The FBI is currently investigating baseball's scouting methods in Latin America, looking into the allegations of money-skimming practices. So far, Washington is one of the team's to surface in the probe, with Gonzalez's signing drawing particular suspicion. According to numerous accounts, Washington gave Gonzalez a signing bonus twice as large as the next-highest bidder. Last season, as part of the investigation, the FBI interviewed Washington General Manager Jim Bowden, who has denied any wrongdoing.

By Chico Harlan  |  February 18, 2009; 11:55 AM ET
 
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Good, I hope the FBI finds some way/shape/form to indicate Bowden.

Posted by: FireBowdenNow | February 18, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I mean "indict" not "indicate".

Posted by: FireBowdenNow | February 18, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"It also provides a reminder about the perils of scouting in the Dominican Republic, where already the Nationals have a spotty track record."

They have NO track record in the Dominican Republic. Lugo/Gonzalez was their only big signing down there. They did nothing down there in 2008 and have primarily spent their time compiling rosters full of 19-24 years olds in the Dominican Summer League.

Posted by: Brian_ | February 18, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

This story made MLBTR now.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/02/esmailyn-gonzal.html#comments

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Lugo's buscon, who brokered the deal for him, is a childhood friend of Nats exec Jose Rijo. Rijo and Nats GM Jim Bowden were under investigation last year in regard to the bonus skimming scandal.

Jose Rijo are you crooked too?

Posted by: thom202 | February 18, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't think you fire Jim Bowden for not knowing how old Gonzalez/Lugo is/was, he gets fired because;

1. He sent 1.4 million of Uncle Teddy's money down a rabbit hole

2. Rijos and his buddies (hired and supervised by JimBow) were complicit in the fraud. The skimming scandal the manner in which the negotiations took place and the fact you paid double the best offer all scream out FRAUD!

3. The only way to start regaining the organizations reputation is to cut ties with the people who got you into this and try to start fresh.

Posted by: estuartj | February 18, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

re-post.

I don't think you fire Jim Bowden for not knowing how old Gonzalez/Lugo is/was, he gets fired because;

1. He sent 1.4 million of Uncle Teddy's money down a rabbit hole

2. Rijos and his buddies (hired and supervised by JimBow) were complicit in the fraud. The skimming scandal the manner in which the negotiations took place and the fact you paid double the best offer all scream out FRAUD!

3. The only way to start regaining the organizations reputation is to cut ties with the people who got you into this and try to start fresh.

Posted by: estuartj | February 18, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"It also provides a reminder about the perils of scouting in the Dominican Republic, where already the Nationals have a spotty track record."

They don't have ANY track record in the Dominican Republic. Lugo/Gonzlaez was their lone big ticket item. They were absent in 2008 and for the most part have populated their Dominican Summer League team with guys older than the level.

Posted by: Brian_ | February 18, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Stop the hatred. As we just learned in the post above, it is the responsibility of MLB to do an investigation of players ages, etc.... With regard to the large signing bonus, there is no basis - absolutely none - for us to assume that there was wrong-doing on the part of Bowden. I've been interviewed by the FBI many times about other people. Just because they spoke to him does not mean the suspected him. They may have been gathering information about others. Don't let yourselves be blinded by innuendo.

Posted by: natbisquit | February 18, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Ya'll go over and show Steinberg some love. He's posting left and right about Viera and Nats and nobody's reading or commenting. We need to *ENCOURAGE* baseball writing. ;)

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/02/and_the_spring_crowds_go_mild.html

Posted by: NatsNut | February 18, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"It also provides a reminder about the perils of scouting in the Dominican Republic, where already the Nationals have a spotty track record."

They don't have ANY track record in the Dominican Republic. Lugo/Gonzlaez was their lone big ticket item. They were absent in 2008 and for the most part have populated their Dominican Summer League team with guys older than the level.

Posted by: Brian_ | February 18, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Ya'll go over and show Steinberg some love. He's posting left and right about Viera and Nats and nobody's reading or commenting. We need to *ENCOURAGE* baseball writing. ;)

http://tinyurl.com/c4c6nj


Posted by: NatsNut | February 18, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Ya'll go over and show Steinberg some love. He's posting left and right about Viera and Nats and nobody's reading or commenting. We need to *ENCOURAGE* baseball writing. ;)

http://tinyurl.com/c4c6nj

Posted by: NatsNut | February 18, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

What a mess. The last thing this team needs. Will someone be held accountable? Is it fraud and are there any legal repercussions? This is one ugly onion.

Posted by: GregHerrick | February 18, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

First, I hope the Nats don't cut "Smiley" because of this. We need all the prospects we can get.

Second, this proves the money the Nats spent on their "scouting" and International Pipeline was not money well spent. In the recent Q& A Stan Kasten said "Over the past two or three years, we have spent a lot of time, money and effort on our player pipeline. " To which I would ask the question... with all of this time, money, and effort being spent why did we only acquire 13 international prospects due to this pipeline? (See press release from 12/18/2008)

Gentelemen, the emperor has no clothes! The Nats international pipeline and "GREAT" scouting department is not as good as they say they are. The whole team line of trying to get their fans to accept the low talent teams of the last four years and wait until 2011 is nothing but a PR lie. International signings should start to include Japan and other areas of the world other than the domincan republic.

Jim Bowden needs to be fired. So does every Nats lawyer that vetted these documents of Gonzalez. Kasten should be on thin ice. The team is really lucky they signed Dunn right now.

Posted by: PNatsFan | February 18, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

First, I hope the Nats don't cut "Smiley" because of this. We need all the prospects we can get.

Second, this proves the money the Nats spent on their "scouting" and International Pipeline was not money well spent. In the recent Q& A Stan Kasten said "Over the past two or three years, we have spent a lot of time, money and effort on our player pipeline. " To which I would ask the question... with all of this time, money, and effort being spent why did we only acquire 13 international prospects due to this pipeline? (See press release from 12/18/2008)

Gentelemen, the emperor has no clothes! The Nats international pipeline and "GREAT" scouting department is not as good as they say they are. The whole team line of trying to get their fans to accept the low talent teams of the last four years and wait until 2011 is nothing but a PR lie. International signings should start to include Japan and other areas of the world other than the domincan republic.

Jim Bowden needs to be fired. So does every Nats lawyer that vetted these documents of Gonzalez. Kasten should be on thin ice. The team is really lucky they signed Dunn right now.

Posted by: PNatsFan | February 18, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

First, I hope the Nats don't cut "Smiley" because of this. We need all the prospects we can get.
Second, this proves the money the Nats spent on their "scouting" and International Pipeline was not money well spent. In the recent Q& A Stan Kasten said "Over the past two or three years, we have spent a lot of time, money and effort on our player pipeline. " To which I would ask the question... with all of this time, money, and effort being spent why did we only acquire 13 international prospects due to this pipeline? (See press release from 12/18/2008)
Gentelemen, the emperor has no clothes! The Nats international pipeline and "GREAT" scouting department is not as good as they say they are. The whole team line of trying to get their fans to accept the low talent teams of the last four years and wait until 2011 is nothing but a PR lie. International signings should start to include Japan and other areas of the world other than the domincan republic.
Jim Bowden needs to be fired. So does every Nats lawyer that vetted these documents of Gonzalez. Kasten should be on thin ice. The team is really lucky they signed Dunn right now.

Posted by: PNatsFan | February 18, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

First, I hope the Nats don't cut "Smiley" because of this. We need all the prospects we can get.

Second, this proves the money the Nats spent on their "scouting" and International Pipeline was not money well spent. In the recent Q& A Stan Kasten said "Over the past two or three years, we have spent a lot of time, money and effort on our player pipeline. " To which I would ask the question... with all of this time, money, and effort being spent why did we only acquire 13 international prospects due to this pipeline? (See press release from 12/18/2008)

Gentelemen, the emperor has no clothes! The Nats international pipeline and "GREAT" scouting department is not as good as they say they are. The whole team line of trying to get their fans to accept the low talent teams of the last four years and wait until 2011 is nothing but a PR lie. International signings should start to include Japan and other areas of the world other than the domincan republic.

Jim Bowden needs to be fired. So does every Nats lawyer that vetted these documents of Gonzalez. Kasten should be on thin ice. The team is really lucky they signed Dunn right now.

Posted by: PNatsFan | February 18, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

So, in the end, it was MLB who failed to investigate properly. Fire Selig.

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 18, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

So, in the end, it was MLB who failed to investigate this properly. Fire Selig

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 18, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

So, I guess it was MLB who failed to investigate properly. In that case, fire Bud Selig.

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 18, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"It also provides a reminder about the perils of scouting in the Dominican Republic, where already the Nationals have a spotty track record."

They don't have ANY track record in the Dominican Republic. Lugo/Gonzlaez was their lone big ticket item. They were absent in 2008 and for the most part have populated their Dominican Summer League team with guys older than the level.

Posted by: Brian_ | February 18, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

How much is "Homeland Security" costing the taxpayer? If an uneducated (read - from an extremely poor background) Latino can get in to the country...

Posted by: goexpos2 | February 18, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

How much is "Homeland Security" costing the taxpayer? If an uneducated (read - from an extremely poor background) Latino can get in to the country...

Posted by: goexpos2 | February 18, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

How much is "Homeland Security" costing the taxpayer? If an uneducated (read - from an extremely poor background) Latino can get in to the country...

Posted by: goexpos2 | February 18, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"It also provides a reminder about the perils of scouting in the Dominican Republic, where already the Nationals have a spotty track record."

They don't have ANY track record in the Dominican Republic. Lugo/Gonzlaez was their lone big ticket item. They were absent in 2008 and for the most part have populated their Dominican Summer League team with guys older than the level.

Posted by: Brian_ | February 18, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

does this void his contract? do the nats get the money back?

Posted by: sect104 | February 18, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey I know this is off-topic but today's Washington Business Journal has an interesting story about the Nationals replacing the food concessionaire and significant changes to the Red Porch, including openable front windows, a less obstructed view of the field, and possibly opening it for lunch on non-game days.

http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2009/02/16/daily24.html

Posted by: Meridian1 | February 18, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if this cost JimBow his job or not, but the conference call this afternoon leads me to believe nothing substantive will be happening anytime soon.

Posted by: estuartj | February 18, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Hey I know this is off-topic but Wash Business Journal has an interesting story about the Nationals picking a new food concessionaire and making significant changes/improvements to the Red Porch, including openable windows and a better view of the field.

http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2009/02/16/daily24.html

Posted by: Meridian1 | February 18, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"Smiley" huh...

Posted by: epostell | February 18, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"It also provides a reminder about the perils of scouting in the Dominican Republic, where already the Nationals have a spotty track record."

They don't have ANY track record in the Dominican Republic. Lugo/Gonzlaez was their lone big ticket item. They were absent in 2008 and for the most part have populated their Dominican Summer League team with guys older than the level.

Posted by: Brian_ | February 18, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Either Rijo was in on the scam or he's a complete idiot.

Whatever the case, we need to cut the cord on this whole rotten thing -- Rijo, every Latin American scout and the guy who put all this together BOWDEN.

Posted by: Liebercreep | February 18, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Look, no team is completely immune to this. Consider Miguel Tejada, for one.

Still, this further muddles the team's Dominican presence and does not do much for the teams image. We have a 102-loss team that failed to sign its first-round pick, quabbled with the city over rent, and is under investigation over money-skimming allegations in the Dominican Republic.

Honestly, it's hard to find another organization with the same breadth of issues. Then you add Gonzalez.

I love this team, but it's hard not to feel embarassed sometimes.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 18, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Look, no team is completely immune to this. Consider Miguel Tejada, for one.

Still, this further muddles the team's Dominican presence and does not do much for the teams image. We have a 102-loss team that failed to sign its first-round pick, quabbled with the city over rent, and is under investigation over money-skimming allegations in the Dominican Republic.

Honestly, it's hard to find another organization with the same breadth of issues. Then you add Gonzalez.

I love this team, but it's hard not to feel embarassed sometimes.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 18, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Having problems submitting. Have the Nats hacked into WaPo.com in an attempt to squash this from the inside?

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 18, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of problems with NJ - what ever happened to the list of links to other Nats blogs, etc. that Chico mentioned several days ago? At least they should have by now a link to Post products (Baseball Insider, Sports Bog) so readers can reap the benefits of cross-coverage and WaPo.com can get the benefit of site visits...

Posted by: combedge | February 18, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

buscón? ladrón? the nice man said that his 35% of the 1.4M was going to build a big house for orphans. so sue me for being a nice guy. neither barry, the prez, nor barry, the mayor for life, nor i are saps, tho. you can take that to the bank

no talk of raising the DR signing age to 18, please. we all know that high school is a waste of time, yes? we regret to inform you that a diploma will be necessary in order to admit you to our institution of higher learning. warmly, miami-dade community college.

“dominicans are not used to following rules.” now that is pure libel. they may not follow rules as well as, say, the cubans do, but their steroids are just as good as any steroids anywhere in the world. you say that smiley lugo was not 16? you’re right. he was 12. the steroids did their job, no?

and BTW, joan baez does not work for the washington nationals, despite reports to the contrary.

estoy firmado! go away fbi! ymos jimb

Posted by: dhfrancoise | February 18, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

We all know the struggles the Nats have in free agency: The need to pay a loser's premium to even get free agents to consider Washington. Could the over-the-top bonus to Lugo have been necessary to blow teams like the Yanks or Mets out of the water? I know they weren't coming off of a 100 loss season when they signed him, but they were not a team with any allure and they may have overbid to ensure they ended up with im.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | February 18, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

How difficult can it be to verify his age? Or even his name??? Or, failing that, to know that you CAN'T verify his age or name(!), such that the bid must drop to reflect the risk?

I would sue the hell out of this criminal and never think about keeping him in the organization.

Posted by: kjm1971 | February 18, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

re:

Speaking of problems with NJ - what ever happened to the list of links to other Nats blogs, etc. that Chico mentioned several days ago?
Posted by: combedge | February 18, 2009 12:04 PM

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An update: Chico emailed me a great list of Nats blogs and baseball resources the other day, and we should have them up as related links on the left side of the blog pretty soon. Sorry for the delay.

Jon DeNunzio
Sports editor, washingtonpost.com

Posted by: Jon DeNunzio | February 18, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update, Jon.

Seriously, guys, Steinberg is dealing the Nats posts over at the Bog.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I love this team, but it's hard not to feel embarassed sometimes.
==
Amen to that. It seems like the Nats always have some cockamamie excuse why they can't take care of business like a normal team. Even when they get burned by an international prospect like every other team, it's tied up in some sort of crazy the-rules-are-for-other-people shenanigans.

We couldn't sign our draft pick because we didn't get a counter-offer until 11:44pm. We couldn't deal with Odalis Perez this summer because we don't know how to get in touch with him (though the Post apparently has no problems). Things go wrong, but there's always some weird excuse why it's not the Nats' fault.

Good teams take care of business without kicking up a fuss. Bad teams screw up, then make a lot of noise to dodge the blame.

The British have a phrase for people like Bowden: "too clever by half." He needs to spend less time trying to outsmart everyone and more time getting the basics right.

Posted by: hubcap | February 18, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

New post. ^

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet he does 'roids too!

Posted by: Cossackathon | February 18, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say I told you so, but I posted a comment back in June forecasting such a situation. I worked in the DR for two years as an independent agent, combing talent on every corner of that country. I dealt with the same trainer who trained Smiley from a young age in the slums of Bani. He demanded $2,000 cash just for the rights of one of his guys. It's all the same game, grease palms of your pals at the teams and if your kid doesnt sign, grease palms at the Junta Central Electoral (JCE- the body who oversees birth certs) to get a new, younger one printed. My own guys turned on me to do the same. It's pretty sad. For them, desperate times call for desperate measures. Fake a document for a chance at stardom or retire to a life of cutting sugar cane in Consuelo for pennies? Let's be honest, Rijo's reputation down there is shady at best. His "academy" is a dump and he has the DR's AARP running the dump. Not exactly forward thinking.

Moral of the story: Terrible news for the Nats. The US consulate won't renew his visa and he will never step foot in the US again. Fraud is a lifetime ban. They better fire Rijo before more bad dealings surface.

Springfield, Va

Posted by: RCroft | February 18, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

What's the big deal? He's a Player To Be Named Later.

Posted by: jgbay | February 18, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

OMG, corruption in Latin America? Who knew!

Posted by: jcovey | February 18, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

If the comments of two years ago could be pulled up I distinctly remember saying that there was no way that this guy was 16. How could grown men fall for this b.s story?

Having dealt with Latin American's for years I can tell you that they are corrupt. It is how their world goes round. If you are not corrupt in their culture you are considered strange.

Posted by: MKadyman | February 18, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Fenty, McFarlane, DC Divided
Fred, MacTavish, PG United!!!!!!

Posted by: c420ach | February 18, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I love all of the "perfect people" with 20/20 hindsight here who find fault with the Nationals no matter what they do!!
Let's get one fact straight!! MLB gutted this team as Selig set his sights on CONTRACTION!! They had no farm system and no presence in Latin America bcause of it!!
When you are trying to catch up with other teams who have a history in a particular area, you have to overpay in order to get any attention!! Same way that a losing team must pay a higher price for a free agent that a winning team.
Get off your soap box people!! This junk about Bowden has been around for over a year and nothing that I am aware of has been proven or even defined since the inital story broke. Why the WPO felt it necessary to drudge that up again, I don't know!!! Other teams have been hit and scouts fired!! The Nats have not, so BACK OFF!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | February 18, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Well, what did you expect? They're all named Garcia,Mendoza,Guiterez,Cabrera,Whatever, so whose to know? Jose Rijos pulled a fast hustle on Jimbo and should be fired and banned from MLB. You know somebody had to know about this, praying that no one would find out and make the Nats hierarchy look like suckers, too late,yeah this is pretty much a mess.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 18, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

File this in triplicate.

File this in triplicate.

File this in triplicate.

"First, I hope the Nats don't cut "Smiley" because of this. We need all the prospects we can get."

Bring back "Smiley"??? I guess if he's willing to return his $1.4 million, which he got on false pretenses, the Nats might be encouraged to take a second look at him....

What are the odds of that happening? I guess if it might keep Smiley/Lugo out of a Dominican jail, he might be willing to cut such a deal...

Posted by: fischy | February 18, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Return the cash? You have to be kidding. It was spent two years ago. He would have to work for free for five years to repay the bonus.

Posted by: MKadyman | February 18, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, fans. It's all part of "The Plan"

Apparently this "plan" involves opening comedy clubs throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Because the Nationals are currently the biggest joke on two continents.

Posted by: noslok | February 18, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The Nationals have been a laughable mess for way too long now. From the slacking attitude on the field to the ineptness of Bowden to the overratedness of Stan "The Plan" Kasten to the Lerners. What a joke. According to the blowhards in charge, building up the minor league system is/was top priority...yeah right. They can't even get a prospect's name/age potential right, then throw over a million bucks at him. No wonder the overhyped farm system has gone from allegedly top-5 in baseball to bottom-10 in barely a year.

What a laughable, laughable mess of a franchise.

Posted by: jollyroger2 | February 18, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I want a new Nat's jersey with, the following name, and a bib "?" for the number.

GONZALEZ/LUGO

?

Posted by: dashriprock | February 18, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

First in War, first in peace, and last in the NL East.

Some things never change.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 18, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

First in war, first in peace, and last in the NL East.

Some things never change.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 18, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: NatsNut | February 18, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"They did nothing down there in 2008 and have primarily spent their time compiling rosters full of 19-24 years olds in the Dominican Summer League."

When you say 19-24 years olds, you were talking about this one guy, right? LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 18, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Aren't results more important than all this talk about name and age. Isn't this the scandle? That he wins the Gulf Coast League batting title with .343 in 51 games but isn't worth a spot at big league spring training.

Posted by: dlkauf | February 18, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This is really big news, I must say. Before the Bureau finishes, they should take a deposition from Senator Burris, too.

Posted by: axolotl | February 18, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

He would be a huge asset on capital hill and the White House with that kind of honesty.

Posted by: teeballou | February 18, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Can the Post put the link to the article Barry Svrluga wrote about Smiley after they signed him? He went to the DR and visited with him and published a full page article.

Posted by: Section314 | February 18, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Illegal immigration issue in D.C.?

Nawwwwww!

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 18, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Would that be Dash Riprock as in the band or as in the Beverly Hillbillies character?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

314, there's a Svrluga link embedded in this post. ^

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Who cares who the heck he is as long as he can play ball.

Posted by: SUMB44 | February 18, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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