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An alleged age-fraudster is arrested in the Dominican Republic

Jan 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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Lost in all of the Hall of Fame hubbub is a story that has some pretty big implications for baseball on-the-field:

An influential baseball scout who was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday allegedly gave new identities to his players to make them appear younger – and therefore more appealing to major league teams – to obtain professional contracts.

Victor Baez was charged by Dominican authorities with fraud and falsifying documents. A press statement released by Dominican police said the arrest represents a crackdown on scouts who use fraudulent documents, visas and passports to obtain commissions from players’ contracts.

We first started hearing a lot of stories about age-falsification following immigration restrictions imposed post-9/11.  It’s not likely that the problem has gone away, however. After all, to avoid detecting of phony documents by immigration people, one need only get fake foreign documents earlier so that they appear to be more legitimate.  The arrest of Baez shows that the practice is still flourishing.

  1. schlom - Jan 5, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    I wonder if he ever worked for Adrian Beltre?

    • Loren - Jan 5, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Wasn’t Beltre shown to have used fake documents that made him look older than he actually was so that he could sign at 15 instead of the mandated minimum age of 16?

      • okobojicat - Jan 6, 2011 at 7:19 AM

        yes

  2. Utley's Hair - Jan 5, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Age fraud?!?!? What? Well I never!!!!!!!! What about you, Antonio Alfonseca and Jose Mesa? What?!?!?

  3. dondbaseball - Jan 5, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    In keeping with Craig’s cynicism, I guess Baez forgot to pay off the local police…

  4. klbader - Jan 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    If only a reporter at the NY Times was interested in a story about corrupt practices in the Dominican. I guess the only one they have there is currently occupied.

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