Mon, 21 Feb 2005 09:09:31 -0800
The Associated Press reports Arizona Diamondbacks P Ramon Pena wants to forget about using the name of his nephew Adriano Rosario when he signed with the Diamondbacks in 2002, receiving a $400,000 signing bonus. The purpose for the ruse may have been age-related. Pena, now 23, is three years older than his nephew. "There are still some feelings out there and stuff, and I don't really want to comment on that," Pena said. "I want to focus on this year."
Tue, 15 Jun 2004 19:28:53 -0700
Updating previous items, Enrique Rojas, of the Associated Press, reports two top MLB officials will travel to the Dominican Republic this week for three days to continue the investigation into the alleged use of a false identity by Arizona Diamondbacks prospect P Adriano Rosario, whose real name is Ramon Antonio Pena Paulino, according to birth records obtained by the Associated Press. Lou Melendez, vice president of international baseball operations, and Ed Burns, vice president of baseball operations and administration, will visit the Dominican Republic to investigate the case.
Mon, 17 May 2004 01:42:40 -0700
The Arizona Republic's David Vest reports Major League Baseball is investigating whether P Adriano Rosario falsified information when he signed with the team. Diamondbacks general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. declined to comment on the report, which alleges that Rosario's name is Ramon Antonio Peña Paulino and that he used a nephew's identity to appear three years younger, 19 instead of 22.
Fri, 14 May 2004 02:42:40 -0700
Ed Price, of The East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Diamondbacks P prospect Adriano Rosario, who was the subject of an ESPN exposé regarding his signing, now has his identity in doubt. A person with knowledge of the situation said Rosario was being required to prove his name and/or age to authorities in the Dominican Republic. A crackdown by U.S. immigration since 9/11 has found many Dominican players who used false names or lied about their birthdates.
Wed, 21 Jan 2004 20:17:16 -0800
Updating a previous item, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Arizona Diamondbacks invited minor league P Adriano Rosario to attend spring training.
Sun, 07 Dec 2003 09:52:30 -0800
MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports the Arizona Diamondbacks are considering whether or not they will invite 18-year-old SP Adriano Rosario to Spring Training. The youngster was impressive over the summer in the Midwest League and has followed that up with a 3-1 start in the Dominican Winter League with a sparkling 1.35 ERA. According to director of player development Tommy Jones, Rosario created a buzz after one November game. "He overmatched the club," said Jones. "There were around 15 scouts there and the buzz in the ballpark that night was, 'This guy looks like a Major League pitcher right now.' He's being discussed as much as any pitcher in our minor league system within this office." He also added he was very mature for his age and that "he has No. 1 starter-type stuff."