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Report: MLB investigating age of Cuban prospect Aledmys Diaz

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06:53 AM ET 01.26 | Major League Baseball is investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, according to multiple sources. Diaz is presenting himself as a 23-year-old born Jan. 8, 1990. However, that date conflicts with previous accounts of when he was born, according to multiple sources. A December 2007 story on the official website of Cuba's top league, Serie Nacional, referred to Diaz being born on Aug. 1, 1990, which would make him 22. When news of Diaz leaving Cuba started appearing in Cuban media outlets last year in July, multiple stories referred to him being 21 at the time, which would match the Aug. 1, 1990 date of birth. Further complicating the situation is that a roster from the 2010 Pan-American games in Puerto Rico says that Diaz was born in 1991, although there is no specific date of birth listed other than the year.

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January 26, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Check his birth certificate. It was in a plastic bag taped to the inner tube the Cuban navy was using to bring him over on.

January 26, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Who cares? They don't have good records. At least he's not like the Dominicans and claiming he's 3 years younger than his real age.

January 26, 2013  11:11 AM ET

The Yankees would be Glad to send a representative down to straighten out the Paperwork and while their at it give him a Physical and a one way ticket to NY!!!

January 26, 2013  04:20 PM ET

Check his teeth. Oh sorry, that only works with horses :)

 
January 26, 2013  07:15 PM ET

wiseup: Many Latin Americans quite possibly don't know their exact age. I have heard that in some areas these kids are born at home , and many times no birth certicate is issued and no record of birth kept by parents. If a MLB scout comes calling most times the family makes up a date of birth.

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