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Fausto Carmona arrested in Dominican Republic for using false identity

Jan 19, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com passes along word from reporter Yancen Pujols that Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic and is being charged with using a false identity.

According to Pujols, Dominican police arrested Carmona–whose real name is apparently Roberto Hernandez Heredia–while he was leaving the American consulate after renewing his visa.

Last month Marlins reliever Leo Nunez was arrested in the Dominican Republic when it was discovered that his real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo.

Oviedo was later released from jail and the incident didn’t stop the Marlins from tendering him a contract and signing him for $6 million to avoid arbitration, so based on how that played out Carmona/Heredia may not be in serious trouble either. However, he may struggle to get a visa in time for spring training.

Carmona/Heredia finished fourth in the Cy Young award voting in 2007, going 19-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 215 innings as a 23-year-old rookie, although now perhaps he wasn’t actually 23 and since then he has a 5.01 ERA in 645 innings. Back in October the Indians exercised their $7 million option on Carmona/Heredia despite his 5.25 ERA in 32 starts last season.

UPDATE: Dionisio Soldevilla of the Associated Press reports that Carmona/Heredia is actually 31 years old, not 28 as everyone believed. That means his standout rookie season came at age 26 and could give the Indians a way to void his contract.

  1. KC Downey - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    I expected Carmona’s real name to be Danny Almonte.

    • marshmallowsnake - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Falso Carmona!

    • modman11957 - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      Real name albert pujols

  2. phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Pretty sure his real name is Leo Nunez.. but since it was already taken…

    • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      I am truly sorry… I didn’t even read the article i was just eager to be the first to get the first Leo Nunez joke in there.
      there is no excuse for my behavior (behaviour for cur) here… I promise not to let this happen again

      • cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        Yeah, as a favour to all, I’ll labour to keep an eye on you.

      • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        Thank you Cur… i tried not to be too off colour

      • paperlions - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        Well, you do have a chequered past.

      • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        I’ll be honest with you paper… i have no idea what you are talking aboot

      • kopy - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        It’s cool, phuk. I doubt cur would take offence from your behaviour.

  3. lyon810 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    His real name…Creed Bratton

    • tmohr - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      but it’s pronounced “Throatwobbler Mangrove.”

      • natstowngreg - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        And now, for something completely different, Roberto Hernandez Heredia.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Whoa whoa, not so Fausto people. Let’s wait till all the details on this come out.

  5. paperlions - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Yeah, because “phillieschamps2012″ is your real name

    • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      <3 this comment.

    • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      in his defense “cepts was taken…..

    • CJ - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      I still have yet to see his denial of this accusation, so I’m just going to assume it’s true.

    • skerney - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      His real name is Halladaysbicepts

  6. cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    We’ve got another trend here, I think. Besides BSOL stories we’ve got “The Player Formerly Known As” (TPFKA) stories. Who’s next, I wonder? Will it be revealed that Russel Martin’s real name is “Anne Murray”? Perhaps Roger Bernadina is actually named Luis Brión? Yu Darvish will turn out to be..nah. No one would make up a name like “Yu Darvish”. That one’s gotta be real.

    • El Bravo - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Love.

      • El Bravo - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

        It.

    • mashoaf - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      What about Albert Pujols’ real name?

      • paperlions - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

        Judas?

      • bigharold - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        No, that’s Johnny Damon’s real name.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Confirmed identity documents are the new market inefficiency.

  8. shawndc04 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    You can’t make this stuff up. Who’s your daddy?

  9. hammyofdoom - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Why is it that whenever I think one of these Hispanic baseball players have a cool name that seems to flow well they end up being fake? My dreams are being shattered as we speak

    • El Bravo - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      That should tell us something. If the name is too cool to be true, it’s false.

      • henryd3rd - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:59 AM

        If the name don’t fit you will not acquit!

  10. htru02 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    These comments are all fine and good, but the real question here is: “what’s the fantasy spin?”

  11. Mark - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    He has a chance to make a fake name for himself and he went with Fausto?

    • kopy - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      No kidding. I would have taken “McLovin” for sure.

  12. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    What is going on? Is there a crackdown of some sort lately?

  13. stairwayto7 - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    His real name is.. ROn Burgandy!

  14. dsimp724 - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    License and aarp card please mr.enrique palatzo

  15. cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I’ve already claimed “Cool Breeze” as my superhero identity. My super powers will be The Ultimate Veto (as in “no, you cannot wear a Speedo Mr. Trump. I veto that”). If I’d been on hand when Juan Carlos Oviedo and Roberto Hernandez Heredia were sitting around trying to come up with handles I’d have Vetoed both “Leo Nunez” & “Fausto Carmona” because both of those are pretty mediocre as names. Seriously, why not “Maximus Pena” or “Hugo Universo”? These guys a re MLB pitchers: they gotta think a little bigger if they wanna make it big like Brian Wilson.

  16. jimbroney - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I’m shocked all around. He always looked Irish to me.

    • bigharold - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Norwegian. Fausto is a Norwegian name.

  17. jbro3169 - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    He’s not the only latin american player who’s pulled this crap. Just waiting for the say Pujols comes clean that he was 26 or 27 when he came up to the MLB.

    • Kevin S. - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      So he was 23 when he graduated high school?

  18. muckthefets23 - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    I would have taken Nick Papagiorgio… He’s Italian right???

  19. jwbiii - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Let’s not forget Hal Trosky, the greatest baseball fake identity case of all time
    http://corpse.org/archives/issue_5/critical_urgencies/elias.htm

  20. Bar None - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Let me get a few things straight.
    #1 Will I have to learn a new player name if I am looking for a pitcher late in the fantasy draft? Or will he be listed as “The Pitcher Formerly Known as Fausto?

    #2 I can’t bring a 3.75 oz container of Old Spice Gel Deodorant on a plane because I could use it in an act of terrorism, but we are letting randoms into the country without doing a thorough check of their papers?

    #3 Are they raising prices on Dodger Dogs this season?

  21. bigharold - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    I was going to make some snarky remark about choosing the name Fausto, .. but then I remembered my name is Harold.

  22. vincentbojackson - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Wake me up when something positive happens in the Cleveland sports scene.

    • bigharold - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Gottacha Rip van Fausto.

  23. sportsdrenched.com - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Ron Mexico thinks these names are lame.

  24. joeindians - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    carmona sucks…

  25. muckthefets23 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Hahahaha Ron Mexico… Awesome.

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