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There was a big baseball scandal, sorta

Jun 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

Hush Hush

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports on an age/identity scandal involving one of the more notable buscones in the Dominican Republic, who actually falsified his own son’s age in order to induce the Mariners into signing him:

A son of Enrique Soto, one of the most powerful trainers in the Dominican Republic over the last two decades, used a false age when he signed with the Mariners in 2007, according to multiple sources familiar with the case.

George Soto signed with Seattle for $700,000 in February 2007, presenting himself as a 17-year-old shortstop with a birthdate of Nov. 19, 1989. According to George Soto’s new paperwork, he was born Nov. 17, 1985, which would have made him 21 when he signed.

That’s interesting as far as these things go and will likely be cited by MLB as one of the excesses of the current system as it continues to push for an international draft.  But that’s not why I’m posting this. I’m posting this because, man, I kinda feel let down.

Why? Because almost all of the baseball people on Twitter were watching this one closely for like a half hour thanks to Badler’s delicious tweet prior to posting the story:

Exciting! So exciting that it led to all kinds of fun and mostly ridiculous speculation as to what it might be.  Among my favorites:



My personal theory involved either (a) Aroldis Chapman being Keyser Soze; or (b) players actually taking them two or three games at a time instead of the alleged one game at a time they so often claim.

So, yeah, I’m let down. It’s not Badler’s fault. He’s a fine reporter and on his beat this stuff with Enrique Soto is big news and is, technically, scandalous.

But I really was hoping that we were aiming higher, or lower, on this sleepy Wednesday afternoon.

  1. number42is1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    ahhhhhhhh crap… and here i thought that the unwritten rules would finally be written down.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      “Wait….we HAVE to bean the other team’s star player, Skip?”

      “Yup. Says right here. Article IV, third paragraph, fifth line. Make it hurt.”

  2. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Makes me want to go watch LA Confidential again.

  3. Jonny 5 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Nice try on the cover up Craig. We (philly fans) all know YOU are actually Keyser Soze.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Nah, Keyser Soze actually has hair.

  4. jarathen - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Scrap enhancers was the best. Would have loved that.

  5. Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I knew Eckstein was juicing!!!! Or scrapping…? But where would one go to acquire scrap-enhancing assistance? A supplement store? Or would table scraps suffice?

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      local scrap yard?

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Nah…scrap yard scrap is running at a premium lately.

  6. randygnyc - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Figured it be something linking Bud Selig to the day to day operations of the brewers.

  7. thesixersbench - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    “So, yeah, I’m let down.” – Craig’s readership

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