Roberto Hernandez Urging Young Dominicans to “Be Honest”

It didn’t take very long for Fausto Carmona to officially become Roberto Hernandez. But it took even less time for Hernandez to turn his arrest and subsequent name change into a story to be used for future generations.

Per The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes:

Hernandez has been visiting independent baseball camps on the island since Feb. 7. After he speaks, he hands out T-shirts to the players. On the front is printed this message in Spanish: “In Truth, There is Triumph.” Hernandez’s name is on the back with his number (55).

Arrested just under two months ago, Hernandez is now using his place in baseball as well as Dominican lore to educate and speak out against individuals who may attempt to “take advantage” of the next generation of potential MLB talent.

While Hernandez will not join the Indians as pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Arizona in the coming days, but he is expected to be with the team once his legal issues have been cleared.

[Related: Is the Tribe Down On Jeanmar Gomez?]

  • Harv 21

    Wait, destitute young Dominican athletes get an honesty lecture from the wealthiest, most popular idol they’ll probably ever meet. Not sure how effective this Scared Straight routine can be. Hope Roberto at least has the sense to remove the bling before he steps out of the shiny SUV.

  • oribiasi

    Between this and Shurmur “mentoring” a coach I’d say the world has literally lost control of itself. 

    “Bad is good! good is bad! the sacred is profane!  And it’s much wiser to be mad, in a world that’s gone insane!”

    (Kudos to you if you can name the song that came from).

  • mgbode

    here’s how it’s going to go:

    Roberto:   Don’t lie about your name and age.  It will come back to haunt you.  Tell the truth.
    Older prospect:  So, I should accept earning less than $1/day rather than lying about my age to get a shot in the minors and giving myself a chance in life?
    Roberto (looking over his shoulder at Dominican federal agent):  ummm, yeah.  It’s totally not worth the millions of dollars to lie about your age.

  • Harv 21

    mg, I was imagining the question/answer period: can we see a picture of your house? How many servants do you have? Can I drive your car?

  • kjn

    He did give them a free T-shirt. If that doesn’t sway them, what will?

  • kjn

    And by “haunt you” , I mean “reward you immensely”.

  • mgbode

    “can we see a picture of your house?”

    at this Roberto would just start laughing incredulously. 
    “my house? singular?  you think I only own one house?”