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Former White Sox executive sentenced to two years for defrauding Dominican players

Aug 28, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

You may recall that in May 2008, the White Sox fired senior director of player personnel David Wilder and scouts Jorge L. Oquendo Rivera and  Victor Mateo  after allegations surfaced that they had pocketed money earmarked for player signing bonuses. Specifically, they were accused of illegally defrauding 23 baseball prospects out of $400,000 from December 2004 to February 2008. Wilder was charged with seven counts of mail fraud.

He’s going to jail now:


Worth noting that when this stuff first hit the fan back in 2008, it led to a lot of articles talking about the state of player development in the Dominican Republic, the dangers of Buscones exploiting players and all of that. So much of it was used as the launching pad for calls for an international draft in order to “clean up” player development in the Dominican Republic.

Maybe there is some cleaning that needs done. But as of now, Wilder is by far the highest profile guy to fall, and he is no buscone. He’s an MLB guy. So make of that what you will.

  1. yahmule - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Stealing from a bunch of poor kids. Must be something to go through life with no conscience.

    • dianadfbest - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      my roomate’s sister makes $74/hr on the computer. She has been laid off for ten months but last month her pay check was $16855 just working on the computer for a few hours. visit this web-site…

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Your roommate’s sisters, aunts, cousin twice removed is making far more than $74.00 per hour. She is actually making $5,618.33 per hour. After being laid off for close to a year I am sure it was very much welcomed. Good for her. A “real” success story.
        You on the other hand…have horrendous Math skills. You would be well served to ask your roommate’s sisters, aunts cousin twice removed for a loan so you can hire a tutor. I mean…with her $16,000.00+ windfall she could certainly spare a few bucks. Even after catching up on all her bills from the previous 10 months.

      • badintent - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        @stlouis 1baseball
        Great !!! the only thing you missed was that she makes the money on her back when she is not pimping hoes..LOL

  2. granadafan - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Baseball should go the basketball route and have one draft.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      No they shouldn’t, because international baseball and international basketball could not be more unalike. Between the European clubs and the various national programs, there is a development structure in place to bring along the handful of international players talented enough to be drafted by the NBA each year. There isn’t nearly the same development structure for international baseball, so the teams themselves need an incentive to cultivate the hundreds of international players they sign each year. The draft destroys that.

  3. papichulo55 - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    They steal from the kids after they encorage them to ‘Get bigger’. I have family in San Pedro de Macoris, the hometown of Cano, Soriano, Sosa, Carty and many more. The juxtaposition of poverty and wealth is something to see. It feels good to see the light shined on MLB, and its role in exploting so many poor athletes. And…Hell yes, we use PEDs to get paid! If you lived with the poverty and corruption of the game at all levels, well….

  4. villanyc - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    In Spanish, the singular for buscones is buscon, not buscone. Just sayin…

  5. larryboodry - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    What a scumbag.

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