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MLB Investigator accused of fraud in the Dominican Republic

Nov 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball often cites fraud as a major factor for wanting an international draft.  If MLB can oversee the process, see, the excesses will be reduced.  But who watches the watchmen?

A Major League Baseball investigator in the Dominican Republic has been charged with falsifying the identity of a prospect so the player could obtain a contract with a $135,000 signing bonus. Authorities accused Kleiber Miguel Bruno Gonzalez on Thursday of accepting $25,000 and conspiring with a scout and an independent trainer to alter the player’s identity.

I suppose we’re supposed to hate the game, not the players, but people are people and I have a hard time seeing how fraud and chicanery won’t persist any less under a draft than it does in the current system.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    What else is new? This is inherent when you have players from foreign countries that don’t have the same identity safeguards in place as the U.S. Not that fraud can’t happen here, but to a much lesser degree.

    I have to comment as well on this guy “Kleiber Miguel Bruno Gonzalez” who accepted the bribe. With all those names, he appears to have an identity crisis of his own.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:19 PM

      They just used his full name, I’m pretty sure it’s Kleiber Bruno on an everyday basis.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:22 PM

        LOL!!!! But his closest amigos probably just call him Bruno.

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