Leo Nunez Used Fake I.D.: 5 More MLB Players Misrepresenting Themselves
The same report also claims that Nunez has admitted to using a fake name to sign his baseball contract over a year ago. Nunez' real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo. According to the report, Oviedo is actually 29, not the 28 as listed in the Marlins' team media guide.
So far in 2011, there appear to be a few major league players who are misrepresenting themselves. Here is a look at five players who, based on their performance, may not be who they say they are.
Atlanta Braves Pitcher Derek Lowe
Derek Lowe has a career ERA of 3.93. However, he's definitely not the real Derek Lowe this year. On the season, he is sporting a 4.92 ERA.
Unfortunately for the Braves, the real Lowe who dominated the 2004 World Series for the Boston Red Sox, has been missing for nearly three seasons. He has not had an ERA under 4.00 since coming to Atlanta in 2009.
So far in September of 2011, Lowe is 0-4 with an 8.24 ERA. Will the real Derek Lowe be back in time to save the Braves from missing the playoffs?
New York Yankees Outfielder Andruw Jones
Andruw Jones actually went missing in 2007 after belting 92 home runs for the Braves over two seasons, including 51 in 2005. The Braves decided not to keep Andruw after '07, and that's when Jones went missing.
In 2008, after signing with the Dodgers, Jones hit for a horrible .158 AVG and only hit three home runs in 75 games. In the two seasons since, he has put up some respectable numbers, but nothing compared to the numbers the old Andruw was throwing out there when he was considered to be a future Hall of Famer.
Florida Marlins Shortstop Hanley Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez was in the top five of most fantasy draft boards before the season. The Hanley we all know is a .306 AVG hitter for his career.
Ramirez had a .243 AVG when his season ended with a shoulder injury in August.
Even before the injury, Ramirez just wasn't showing the type of consistency at the plate that he had shown in his previous five seasons in Florida.
Let's just say there are some really upset fantasy owners out there who may have taken Ramirez with their first pick.
Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista has actually misrepresented himself in a good way. Over the past two seasons, he has come out of nowhere to become one of the most feared hitters in the game.
Prior to 2010, Bautista had not hit more than 16 homers in a season. Last year, he burst onto the scene by belting 54 home runs. As of the final week of the 2011 season, the old Bautista is still missing in action. He has 42 long balls with six games remaining.
In 2011, Bautista has also started hitting for average. His .303 AVG would be a career high for a guy whose career average is .254.
It seems like this Jose Bautista may be here to stay.
Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Ian Kennedy
It's not like the real Ian Kennedy was a total bum. But coming into his fifth major league season, Kennedy only had 10 wins in 44 starts.
Kennedy has been dominant for Arizona in 2011 by winning 20 games with possibly one more start to go. That combined with his 2.88 ERA, which is almost a run lower than last season, has made Kennedy a Cy Young candidate. He has also helped Arizona go from worst to first as the Diamondbacks have clinched the NL West title.
Fans in Arizona are hoping this Ian Kennedy sticks around through the playoffs and hopefully into the World Series.