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The former Fausto Carmona: “in truth there is triumph”

Feb 17, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

Roberto Hernandez — the real name of the man we know as Fausto Carmona — used a fake identity, got a nice bonus out of it and made it to the majors on the strength of his advancement at a certain, presumed age.  But he wants kids in the Dominican Republic to know that it’s wrong to lie about one’s identity:

Roberto Hernandez Heredia, the pitcher Indians fans knew as Fausto Carmona, is telling young baseball players in the Dominican Republic to tell the truth about their age and identity.

Hernandez has been visiting independent baseball camps on the island since Feb. 7. After he speaks, he hands out T-shirts to the players. On the front is printed this message in Spanish: “In Truth, There is Triumph.” Hernandez’s name is on the back with his number (55).

I hate to be so damn cynical about it, but the shirts might also read “in truth there is a much lower bonus and a ticket to being organizational depth.”  Because, look, what Hernandez did was against the law and dishonest, but it also worked out way better for him than the truth would have.  And it’s that inefficiency in the system which should be addressed.

  1. mattintoledo - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    “In eventual truth brought out by a lengthy investigation, there is triumph” must not have fit on the t-shirt.

  2. cur68 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Sooo…you’ve tumbled to Beane’s plan for the new inefficiency, eh? Given how the A’s have gone about re-stocking their team I think Beane’s tentatively titled this one “Older guys who can play”. But, word up, bro, cause Sabean’s been on this boat for years. He the king of hiring old guys to play ball (he seems to not be too good at it though…). Lets see if Herenandez is as good as Carmona, then, ’cause Beane and Sabean are watching.

  3. Cris E - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    55 is also his age and career earnings. (*rimshot*)

    If I were hoping to dissuade kids from lying about their age I’d almost prefer he stayed home. He’s kind of the poster child for the efficacy of borrowed identities. Kids are smart enough to see through court-ordered kabuki theater like this. Oh wait, there’s a chance he’s doing this on his own. (snicker)

  4. Detroit Michael - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    So “Hernandez” is what we’re to call him?

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