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Must-click link: How about that Montaous Walton!

May 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

MysteryMan

Attention sportswriters and agents: if you get a message left for you by a hot young prospect named Montaous Walton talking up his college stats, you probably want to let that one go:

An OnMilwaukee.com investigation has revealed that someone named Montaous Walton does, indeed, exist. But that person has proven to be nothing more a name on a phone record, a voice on the other end of the line.

Montaous Walton, the baseball player, is fictional.

As OnMilwaukee.com reports, this Walton guy — or someone claiming the name — convinced various media outlets to report on his success. That’s not all: he got a couple of sports agencies to give him plane tickets and other things. Major League Baseball isn’t pleased and they want to prosecute the person behind it all.

A good bit of investigative reporting and worth the read.

  1. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - May 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Any chance that he is actually Minor League Guy?

    • paperlions - May 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      No, Minor League Guy is Oscar Tarveras, who is tearing up AA at age 19.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - May 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Why would someone thumbs down that comment? It’s like saying “Listen a-hole, I don’t need you to give me information on things I was unaware of, jerk”. How dare you add anything informative to the comments.

  2. pmcenroe - May 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Aside from claims of factual inaccuracies in Al Stump’s bio of Ty Cobb; I remember there being an amusing anecdote in there about how a young Cobb, using a pen name, sent glowing scouting reports on himself to journalists in an attempt to get signed by a major league team.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Jose Canseco has now officially tried everything.

  4. jerryball22 - May 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Need some investigative reporting? Call Fletch

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - May 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Montaous Walton, also known as: PTBNL.

    • Old Gator - May 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Did someone say Montana Wildhack?

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - May 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Although, Heyman reporting that a mystery team is naturally very interested in mystery player. News at 11

  7. thomas2727 - May 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I think I remember reading that Ty Cobb forged letters from scouts saying there is a man named Cobb in Georgia knocking the cover off the ball.

    Of course this guy is no Ty Cobb.

  8. jwbiii - May 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

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