Posted by pinstripezac
WHy would they want to look older?
Younger is the key.
A Dominican 16yo showing talent can get a big contract, but a 17yo showing the same skills won't get paid as much. An 18yo showing the same skills might get a couple hundred dollars.
Juan Oviedo used his friends ID to misrepresnt himself because by being oneyear younger, he was worth a lot more. And he hardly pioneered this maneuver. Remember right before rhe 2002 MLB season when all the Latino players true ages were being discovered and it lead to a slew of visa problems? Bartolo Colon aged 4 years that off-season.
The only player I have ever heard of representing himself to be older was Adrian Beltre, in what was clearly a maneuver orchestrated by Scott Boras. And probably one he did more than once...