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Identity Fraud in MLB

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At first the temptation is to say to people like Roberto Hernandez -- the man formerly known as Fausto Carmona -- something like, "You committed fraud, you should never be allowed to play baseball again." Open and shut, right? But, as this report shows, it's a much more complicated case than that. Young men feel immense pressure to be signed by MLB teams, and one year makes a difference to a teenage prospect. Besides, if they can do the job, what's the big fuss about? (If you've never seen the film "Sugar," a film from a couple of years ago about a young Latino prospect trying to make it in the minors, you really should. The story is fiction, but according to a lot of Latino players, it's an extremely accurate portrayal of the pressure they feel, the culture shock they experience, and the loneliness of being far from home.)

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