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Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:36 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 10:47 am

One thing you can say on Kevin Slowey's behalf is that he definitely is Kevin Slowey. One hundred percent, he is Slowey. (I haven't actually checked his birth records, but I am assuming.)

If you're the Indians, Slowey being Slowey is something these days.

The Indians acted quickly to obtain Slowey within 24 hours of learning Fausto Carmona isn't really Fausto Carmona. Sure, Slowey doesn't look like much, with his 0-8 record and 6.67 ERA last year for the Twins. But then again, Carmona (or actually Roberto Hernandez Heredia in real life) wasn't all that much, either; he was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA.

And now Carmona apparently isn't even Carmona. He was detained a couple days ago for using that cool but fake name of Fausto Carmona. He is really Roberto Hernandez Heredia, say the authorities in his homeland. And by the way, he is 31, not really 28. Indians GM Chris Antonetti said by text, "I am going to refrain from commenting on all on Fausto until we have more information.''

The Indians' front office is an erudite, kind and forgiving bunch. But if Fausto is a liar who perpetrated a career-long fraud on the Indians, they should just cut him. He was always two different people as a pitcher, anyway. And that's even before he became a second person. One year, he'd go 19-8, another he'd have a 6 ERA.

He wasn't and isn't worth the $7-million option the Indians exercised early this winter, even when they believed he was Carmona. But now that he's actually Heredia, and he's 31 and perhaps even distracted, he certainly isn't worth that contract. Roy Oswalt, Edwin Jackson and Livan Hernandez (*all their real names) and others are still free agents. All of them have better tracks records than Carmona/Heredia, anyway, and Jackson is even younger (now he is, anyway).

As soon as they confirm Fausto isn't really Fausto, they should cut him. Assuming there's no mistake here, the contract he signed can not possibly be enforceable (assuming he signed as Fausto Carmona). If he's really Heredia, he has perpetrated a fraud. And that does't even count as pathetic pitching.


Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:36 pm

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

and start who?? they gave up their future for jiminez..

i understand he lied.. i get it.. but they lie becasue they are forced to produce documents they DO NOT HAVE.. so they pay someone handsomely to use their name if they have papers. otherwise they CAN NOT PLAY.. dont make it all about being a few years younger.. research before you bash a guy.. 

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:12 am

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

Slowey is definitely the answer..with that waist high 85 mile an hour fastball that is sure to keep  AL Fans watching their team's Home Run Derby. But,odds do say after being 0-8 he is sure to win to a game this year if he isn't cut in Spring Training.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:39 am

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

Only the Indians can try to make signing Kevin Slowey a good thing. He`d be known as Losing Pitcher like that Phillies guy in the 50`s or Batting Practice(look at Slowey`s stats....UGH)  The Tribe just stink, don`t forget key offseason deal Derek Lowe and his brutal stats in pitcher friendly Atlanta. How old is that geezer?  This is a franchise that will never win it all.  Face that fact along with they are stuck with Fausto b/c they paid him.  Also Livan Hernandez surely has lied about his name & weight.  Keep us laughin Tribe.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:12 pm

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

As far as Nunez/Oviedo is concerned, my understanding is that he won't get paid under that new contract unless he can get out of the D.R. and into the U.S. That may not be a lead-pipe cinch. Same could be true with Carmona/Hernandez.

In general, I'm guessing that these guys--and probably more like them--took on the false names specifically so that they could pass as younger than they were. With their real names, there were birth date records; with the false ones, they could claim that the birth records were "lost" or otherwise non-existent, as sometimes also happens down there.

It will be interesting to see who else this net catches, expecially as Nunez/Oviedo supposedly is cooperating with authorities--and perhaps naming names? Do any of your teams have Dominican players who look a little older than they're supposed to be?

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:39 pm

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

The IRS doesn't deserve a "fair share" of anything.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:02 pm

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

It never crossed my mind that players from over the borders could have different names but I always suspected some of their ages were 2-3 years older.  This dude is not the only non USA player with a doctored age.  I would love to know how many others are fooling us.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:49 pm

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

I don't blame him for changing his name from Roberto Hernandez Heredia to Fausto Carmona. His real name sounds like a drug that caused quite a few problems and brought on major lawsuits. Besides, Fausto Carmona has a certain ring to it. I kinda like it. Heck, he probably would've done it legally if he knew how. Live and learn. I hope the Indians keep him and he actually changes it legally to Fausto Carmona. The three years age difference? It doesn't really matter at this point in his career. He's only actually 31 after all. The dude has a wicked slider. When he can control where it goes, he's pretty hard to hit.

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:37 pm

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

Sorry, you have to apply the same standard across the board.


Agreed. MLB should have a policy addressing this, not the teams. That policy should be their contract is always voided, the player is suspended from MLB and the minor leagues for at least 1 full season, and I would love to see teams get their money back (which will never happen).

The players should also be prosecuted for committing tax fraud, identity theft, and any other laws they have broken.

I'm tired of pro athletes committing crimes and never being held responsible. It's always up to their teams or league to dish out any punishment.

If you or I did what this guy did, we'd be in a ton of legal troubles.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:56 pm

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

i wonder if the IRS guys are getting their fair share?  has fausto, i mean roberto, been filing a legit tax return or has he gotten wind of the

identity fraud tax returns that are becoming more prevalent?  it seems like he'd be a natural!  

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:21 pm

Indians should cut older-but-not-wiser Fausto

That line is funny.

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