Given the presence of Roberto Hernandes and Juan Carlos Oviedo on the Rays roster, formerly Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez respectively, the topic of Domincan players feeling the pressure to change their names and ages to reach baseball in America has become a topic on interest in Port Charlotte this spring.
In an interview with Roger Mooney, the talkative Joel Peralta provided insight on his homeland's culture, and related to Hernandez and Oviedo. When he was 20, Peralta falsified his own documents to make his age 16 in order to impress baseball scouts.
"I wish I never had to do that, but if I didn't do it I wouldn't be here," Peralta said... The chance that the guys here in the United States get, they can be drafted when they're 22, they get a chance to play pro ball. We don't have that. The only chance when you're 20, like I was, to sign was the lie about your age."
"If the only chance that you can become a ballplayer, knowing that you got a chance to become a big-league player and help yourself and your family to a better life and that's the only way and you're not killing anybody, would you do it? Who wouldn't?"
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