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Angels prospect Michael Roth 'Catfish' victim


09:58 AM ET 03.09 | Manti Te'o is not alone. Just ask Michael Roth, one of the Angels' most decorated pitching prospects. Caught up in a phony relationship? Happened to him too. Roth started the championship game of the College World Series in each of the last three years, with his South Carolina team winning in 2010 and 2011 before losing last year. After the Gamecocks won the 2010 title, Roth traveled to Maine to pitch in a summer league, where he got an unsolicited text message from an unfamiliar number. "Are you the cute Michael I met?" read the message. That started a stream of flattering texts and alluring phone calls from a woman Roth never had met, including the requisite visits that inevitably were canceled at the last minute. Roth said he sensed something fishy within a few weeks. He played along for a year, in the process discovering that three of his college teammates also had been in touch with the same woman, who claimed her name was Hope Porter.

Los Angeles Times

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March 9, 2013  10:01 AM ET

Virtual Love Is Just Virtual, Bros.

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March 9, 2013  11:28 AM ET

since the halos had nothing to post on,,,,the least thing they could do pull a cheap shot on the angels!!!

March 9, 2013  11:29 AM ET

angels had been playing strictly with minor leaguers,their whole spring training, should halos get a rough start on the regular season???

March 9, 2013  11:30 AM ET

the minor leaguers won't be there to save the punchless halos!!!

March 9, 2013  11:31 AM ET

it appears to be,that the VERNON wells showcases are well stock, but should we trust vernon wells and why??

March 9, 2013  11:32 AM ET

Mark Trumbo would need more than just a few at bats on the spring training, but the question is does trumbo knows about it??

March 9, 2013  11:34 AM ET

albert pujols was a punchless as a hitter, but who cares? angels stiull have to pay him in full this year, just like they did it last year!!!

March 9, 2013  11:36 AM ET

angels still weak at their bullpen/angels are as weak in their rotation/ should halos trade MARK TRUMBO for chris archer and alex torres from the rays???

March 9, 2013  11:38 AM ET

the angels franchise needs to rebuild their minor league system,,but can they sign top talent from dominican republic? puerto rico or venezuela?? and if so can we trust this hesitant halos??

March 9, 2013  02:31 PM ET

AND........................... So what??? C'mon media, some things have boundries.....

March 9, 2013  04:30 PM ET

MAYYYBE...instead of posting this DRIVEL, someone @SI could busy themselves getting rid of that INSIDIOUS Peter King nonsense about 'which QB's are on the 'hot seat'...please; for the love of GOD...

March 9, 2013  04:51 PM ET


March 9, 2013  04:51 PM ET


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March 9, 2013  05:16 PM ET

I just don't get how seemingly coherent people fall for this stuff.

March 9, 2013  06:25 PM ET

the minor leaguers won't be there to save the punchless halos!!!

Lol @ punchless. Ya - Trout, Pujols, punch. because every team has 3 MVP contenders in the top of their lineup...

March 9, 2013  06:30 PM ET

I just don't get how seemingly coherent people fall for this stuff.

Eh, I think it'd be tough for someone who worked a regular 9-5 - but someone who travels and meets new people left and right? I think that's a little easier to understand... Plus, it's nice to have the sexual attention and I'm sure it's addicting in a sense. It feels good to flirt - especially when the girl is obviously interested.

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March 10, 2013  10:52 AM ET

I got Cat-fished and Married Her, best mistake I ever Made!!!


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