Illegal Update

Just a few more good people coming to do the work Americans don’t often get a chance to do

Juan Carlos Oviedo, closer for the Florida Marlins, has returned to his native Dominican Republic after being outed as an illegal alien. You might know him better as Leo Nunez, the fake moniker he assumed after entering  the United States.  He also changed his age, shaving off a year as Nunez.

The team has placed Oviedo/Nunez on Major League Baseball’s restricted list. It’s been reported that he was in line to get a significant pay raise — of up to $6 million dollars — this off season.

The Marlins are said to have been aware of the deception for several months. He will be criminally charged in his home country for using a false identity, after confessing to Dominican authorities

According to a report in the Miami Herald, Major League Baseball has been plagued by problems with bogus identities and falsified birth certificates from Dominican players for years. MLB even opened an office in Santo Domingo in 2000, in part to work more closely with the elections council on reviewing forged documents.

A crackdown that resulted from post 9-11 visa scrutiny found more than 500 players — most from the Dominican Republic — with fake names or ages.

Disgusted? Come along and visit Shea Stadium, 2008.

3 Responses to Illegal Update

  1. Standing Tall says:

    FIVE HUNDRED illegal players with falsified documents mostly from the Dominican Republic? How about MLB putting an end to recruiting there? Have we no athletes in the United States worthy of the big bucks?

  2. Matt DeGennaro says:

    Thanks for the Shea Stadium link. I was so mad after reading this that it calmed me down and put a smile on my face.

  3. Gary says:

    Major League Baseball must be making large donations to Barack Obama and the Democrat party. They are walking in lockstep with them!! They certainly have evidence of what’s going on here. Why do they turn a blind eye….hundreds of times?