Minor league pitcher was using a bogus name

Braves minor league pitcher Luis Valdez never made it from his native Dominican Republic to the U.S. for spring training, or at all last season, because of visa problems. Now we know why.

He was not who he said he was, Braves general manager Frank Wren said Thursday. Valdez’s actual given name, apparently, is Jairo Asencio. He originally signed under the name Valdez, declaring himself a few months older than he was, Wren said.

As Valdez, he had 27 saves for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2009. Asencio, 26, is still under the Braves control and is expected back in the minor league system.

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Fish Bisch

October 14th, 2010
3:16 pm

gene garbage

October 14th, 2010
3:19 pm

Hire Greg Walker hitting Coach

October 14th, 2010
3:25 pm

Choppinmama

October 14th, 2010
3:25 pm

I’m not posting under my real name either.

GTSteve

October 14th, 2010
3:33 pm

That’s just crazy

Dumbo

October 14th, 2010
3:38 pm

Dang…even I know who I am…I think!!!!

Caught Looken

October 14th, 2010
3:52 pm

Not surprising! This type of thing as been going on for years! Just ask Ozzie Guillen, he seems to have all the answers!

Abnerish

October 14th, 2010
3:54 pm

Any reason given?? Just to be older?? I guess he did this 10 years ago in order to be in professional baseball before he was legally able to do so.

Erin

October 14th, 2010
3:56 pm

But–why? Didn’t make himself younger, like a lot of them do, apparently he could still GET a visa under his real name… Was it so he could sign before he was actually old enough?

Tracy

October 14th, 2010
3:59 pm

so no”witness protection” tweet about Valdez? Ga. Board of Regents kicks liars out of college and #Braves welcomes them? Okay :(

Heisenberg

October 14th, 2010
4:16 pm

How did he cash or deposit his checks?

Also Ashley

October 14th, 2010
4:32 pm

He hasn’t reported since Spring Training (February, March 2010)? And in all that time this never came up? Now the first day that Fredi’s on the job is the first day we hear about Valdez?

The Nature Boy

October 14th, 2010
4:32 pm

I’ve never posted under my real name…I also can’t wrestle…but I CAN yell WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

The Nature Boy @ Heisenburg

October 14th, 2010
4:33 pm

wire transfer or an agent..(just guessing)

Turlock Brave

October 14th, 2010
4:43 pm

I’m sure this will never happen again.
By the way, on an unrelated note, have you heard about the newest big prospect signing by the Braves? I’m sure Heywood Jablome is going to grow into their best third baseman ever.

Bill Clinton

October 14th, 2010
4:43 pm

I did not have sexual relations with that woman! And I never inhaled either!!!!

Jon from FL

October 14th, 2010
4:48 pm

Rene Descartes walked into a bar. The bartender asked him if he wanted something to drink. Descartes said I think not and disappeared.

george

October 14th, 2010
4:57 pm

its not that he doesnt no it dumbo he just was illegal

Nice Guy

October 14th, 2010
5:11 pm

On a related note, rumors are that Brooks Conrad will play for the AA Muskegon Trainreck as a 29-year-old Bubba Stevens in 2011.

Ed Zachary

October 14th, 2010
5:18 pm

I’m surprised he didn’t use my name!!

UGA Bail Bonds

October 14th, 2010
5:32 pm

That was a good one Nice Guy.

ReddJonn68

October 14th, 2010
6:13 pm

I’ve heard about guys making themselves younger, but a few months older & change your name to boot, sounds like someone may have a shady past ???

roja

October 14th, 2010
6:25 pm

Nothing “shady”about making ones self older. If I had been 2 weeksolder, I could have gotten a sweet retirement “incentive” from the phone company. Wish I could have “found” a Birth Certificate showing I was born 2 weeks earlier…. Now If I could just be 10 years older so I could get Medicare and draw full Social Security benefits!!!

roja

October 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

Maybe he was suspended for taking performance enhancing drugs under his “real”name??????

roja

October 14th, 2010
6:27 pm

Is “F-R-E-D-I” our new manager’s real name? Who names a son Fredi???

lanier

October 14th, 2010
6:28 pm

If he makes it to the Braves just name him El Duce

old brave, retired

October 14th, 2010
6:28 pm

Enter your comments here The state of the Braves is good. We have a ton of young pitching, the hardest thing to get. Julio Teheran, Delgado, and Vizcaino are real good. It seems finding outfielders should be easy, but we still haven’t recovered from that J.D. Drew fiasco when we lost Adam Wainwright to St. Louis. Outfield should be easy to fill. Just don’t give up young pitching.

jeffrey d

October 14th, 2010
7:03 pm

Is “F-R-E-D-I” our new manager’s real name? Who names a son Fredi???

He’s from Cuba….what’s wrong with Fredi anyway?

Luv 2 Hate Me

October 14th, 2010
7:13 pm

Don’t care if his name was AZZ MUNCH and his D.O.B was 1/1/2010. As long as he could pitch and help win ball games is all that matters.

bob

October 14th, 2010
8:22 pm

Apparently the guy posing as Nate McLouth wasn’t using his real name either.

Jairo

October 14th, 2010
9:05 pm

Jairo Asencio is not my real last name

he's obviously here illegally

October 14th, 2010
9:10 pm

and should therefore be scapegoated for ruining the economy… despite the fact that he works for .50 on the dollar

Jayson Werthless

October 14th, 2010
9:23 pm

When Dean Screamed I Popped a Bean

October 14th, 2010
9:25 pm

Still a quaility pitcher

UFO Sighting; scared of Chinese military

October 14th, 2010
9:30 pm

That aside, he is still a class act and a HOF person.

gotigers72

October 15th, 2010
12:05 am

Could we trade him for a player to be named later?

LuisG

October 15th, 2010
12:38 am

gotigers72

October 15th, 2010
12:05 am
Could we trade him for a player to be named later?

That’s a good one!!!!

rico43

October 15th, 2010
8:03 am

He IS the player to be named later.

Hanley Ramirez

October 15th, 2010
11:16 am

hey roja,

Fredi WHO?

Reid in EAV

October 15th, 2010
1:12 pm

They were who we thought they were… and we let ‘em off the hook. Maybe because they WEREN’T who we thought they were…

Roy Barnes

October 15th, 2010
4:34 pm

My real name is not actually Roy Barnes, but what the heck. I do support Roy though. I grew up with his family, and he is a fine man with a fine Georgia family.

Mr. David O’ Mantle noted that Bobby Wren said thst he may not have the money to sign a quality outfielder or two for next year, I almost puked.

I may not have the money to buy tickets tickets to attend Bob Turner field next year either.

Sid Bream

October 15th, 2010
8:04 pm

Oh I do declare the Atlanta Braves must have the most intelligent fans in all of Major League Baseball. You all are correct in that each of the names mentioned is indeed linked to trade talks for our Atlanta Braves. Frankie and the remainder of our great front office worked diligently and acquired Alex Gonzalez, who we all felt would be an improvement over Yunel Escobar. Mr. Escobar was a grand player with his flashy way of playing, although sadly was not producing at a pace we would have liked and even more sadly had an attitude that was not on tract with the traditional Atlanta Braves way of playing and presenting ourselves. I did enjoy Yunel during his stay in Atlanta and one memory that comes to mind was the time myself and Big Peter(Peter Moylan….the name is an entirely different story) bribed Yunel’s hairdresser into coloring his hair lime green! Oh the expression on his face I will never remember…yes remember…because once Yunel found out I was behind the scheme he attacked me with a blow dryer. We eventually made up and I bought him a wig, which he wore until just recently when his hair lost its green tint. Anywho as all of you are correct with the names mention I will leave you with the words once yelled by Mr. Kevin Garnett, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!”

Speaking of Kevin Garnett I cannot find my jersey that he personally signed for me. The last time I saw it Yunel had just trapped me in the corner of my closet threatening to “blow my face off.” Wait A Minute that flashy, hair coloring son of a gun stole my jersey and took it to darn Canada knowing I’m not allowed to enter that country since I attended that Justin Bieber concert!!

Sincerely from a man who has multiple restraining orders

Sid Bream

Sid Bream

October 15th, 2010
8:07 pm

Haha…what a humorous outlook on our dearest Jason Heyward’s recent thumb injury. Mr. Veggy, I can assure you that your odd reason of The Phenom’s absence in the game versus Mr. Strasburg is not valid. Actually the true cause of Jason’s sitting against the Nationals last night is due to direct orders from not only our Braves front office, but also direct orders from Major League Baseball. Frankie received a call hours before game time from whom else but Buddy (or as you all may know him, Bud Selig) demanding Bobby Cox sits Heyward for the game. When Frankie replied as to why this must occur he received the answer of the MLB not wanting Jason Heyward to ruin Steven Strasburg’s fifth start. Buddy and the remainder of Major League Baseball’s high officials feared that if Jason faced Strasburg he would simply dominate him and take away from the hype that the Nationals top pitcher is receiving. We were informed to hold off on the anticipated matchup between these two delightfully majestic creatures and also prepare for the next time these two will face. They fear that if Heyward makes contact on the ball it will be so empowered by having been touched by both Heyward and Strasburg that it may actually burst into a blinding light so that all in attendance would be blinded. Selig went on to say that we must prepare for this by supplying the fans with special light repellent glasses, and not regular sun glasses but glasses that are so strong that they must be imported from North Korea, the only country to create such glasses. Frankie was doubtful all of this would occur, although they were direct orders from the big man himself and there would be no disputing. Furthermore I had “the pleasure” of informing Jason of the new transactions and as you all know, I am not Mr. Heyward’s favorite human…or living creature…or spec of matter. Anywho when I went to inform him of this I told him we were holding him out of the game he did not allow me to tell the reason behind it and assumed it was due to his thumb injury. Mr. Heyward responded to me with multiple words of profanity. In response to this I broke down into tears and called my brother’s therapist seeking some type of remedy to help me relieve myself from my new state of shocked fear. The therapist told me to be a man and get up so I did and once I regained my composure and found Jason I realized he had a saw in his hand. So I ran to the men’s room(I thought it was the men’s room although it was the women’s room and that was quite awkward…they have such nicer facilities than the men) for hiding then realized he was not trying to saw me, but saw off his own thumb!! I ran back to him, but was too late due to my tripping over the toilet paper stuck to my shoe, he had sawed off his own thumb and was holding it in his hand, blood drenched and still flowing from where his thumb used to be saying “look I can play now, no more thumb, no more problems.” After I saw this I went on to faint and awoke in the hospital both dazed and confused. I was informed that once I fainted Jason rushed me to the hospital for immediate assistance. While at the hospital Jason was told the actual reason for his being held out of the game and was told that there was still time to sew his thumb back on, although sadly he had eaten it as a snack on the ride to the hospital. Thus I being thankful for his saving my life donated my own thumb to Jason. They sewed my thumb onto our dearest Heyward. The surgery was successful, although he must still go to the DL and try to get used to his new thumb. So do not be surprised to see a small white thumb on Jason’s huge black hand when he returns and as for me, I am doing fine beside the fact that it took me all day to type this without a thumb.

Sincerely from a thumbless but happy to be alive Jason Heyward fan,

Sid Bream

Sid Bream

October 15th, 2010
8:07 pm

Haha..oh the humor!! Lamar, who are you to tell these great Braves fans how to act like winners! You for one are not very experienced in the winning department and the one time you thought you had won a contest you were disqualified. Do you not remember for the 5th grade talent show when for your talent you played the Star Spangled Banner by “passing gas!” My goodness you received a standing ovation and were on top of the world brother! I could not believe my eyes when you walked to the stage and received your first trophy of your lifetime. Then again I could not believe my eyes again when five minutes later you were in a state of complete and utter humiliation. Remember Lamar as you received the trophy and the students demanded you “play” again. You of course pleased their demands and more for as you reached the line “the rockets’ red glare” my dearest brother….you had quite the accident. I will not put many details, but I will say you white pants were no longer white, that floor was washed, scrubbed, waxed, and refurnished, and the audience went into a state of vomiting uncontrollably. Your trophy was immediately taken and given to the runner up, that darn Asian boy named Ming Lang Chon who had quite the talent of playing his violin with his tongue! Yes that was the first time you had to be sent to therapy with that nice lady Dr. Langston….beautiful and largely enhanced in certain areas Dr. Langston. Anywho back to my point Lamar is that you have no right to tell others of how to deal with their winnings!

Sincerely from a man with his share of victories and bowel control,

Sid Bream

Kent Stanford III

October 15th, 2010
8:26 pm

Anybody like this guys work? Sid Bream’s?

Get em on...Get em over... Get em home

October 16th, 2010
7:23 am

Kent Stanford III
October 15th, 2010
8:26 pm

Anybody like this guys work? Sid Bream’s?

No Kent. I just scroll past posts that are that long as most are just full of themselves. Nothing real to add to anything.

scott

October 16th, 2010
8:41 am

Good the Braves are Bringing him back the Bravo’s need all the help they can get .

Homer Simpson

October 16th, 2010
8:49 am

Guy has a future as a politician. There are several in Sodom on the Potamac now who are not who we think they are. Specially the one living at 1600 Penn Avenue. He has had several names and homes.

RichieRich86

October 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

Roja,

What kind of name is Roja and have you never seen the Godfather? you must live under a rock fredi fred fredrick is a pretty popular name. By the Way I love this hire of FREDI. Can’t wait for spring training!

Odysseus

October 16th, 2010
2:17 pm

1. Bonds has ALWAYS tested CLEAN for steroids.

2. EIGHT years of a FEDERAL investigation has more than confirmed that NO evidence concerning Bonds and steroids exists.

3. Bonds had his best offensive seasons in 2002-2004 WHILE testing clean, WHILE he and BALCO were the most scrutinized people on earth.

ARod got caught RED HANDED taking steroids. AFTER steroids was considered cheating in terms of getting an unfair advantage in 2002.

Did I mention that steroids wasn’t even considered cheating in the MLB in 2001 when Bonds was accused of it? Thats right, they very publically accused Bonds of something that wasn’t even considered cheating, then made up the rules as they went along.

BAM educated.

Odysseus

October 16th, 2010
2:17 pm

Umm, Bonds 2002-2004 seasons are the most validated clean seasons ever, with a FEDERAL investigation going on and 5 reporters following him wherever he went, with the show “Bonds on Bonds” going on detailing his daily life. They also just happened to be the best three offensive seasons in the history of the MLB. And now we know it was against steroided competition where almost every big name was CAUGHT using steroids.

Odysseus

October 16th, 2010
2:21 pm

Umm, wasn’t it proven that everybody BUT Bonds took steroids?

The highest single-season performances were:
Barry Bonds, 268 (2002)
Barry Bonds, 263 (2004)
Barry Bonds, 259 (2001)
Fred Dunlap, 258 (1884)*
Babe Ruth, 256 (1920)
Babe Ruth, 239 (1921)
Babe Ruth, 239 (1923)
Ted Williams, 235 (1941)
Ted Williams, 233 (1957)
Ross Barnes, 231 (1876)**
Barry Bonds, 231 (2003)

technut

October 16th, 2010
8:06 pm

Hmm, breaking the law?
Was this a Clarke County Correctional tryout or what?

Gangster Rod

October 17th, 2010
8:11 pm

@Jon from FL I tried to “Report this comment” on your philosophy joke but there was nothing for wisecracks that are probably too smart for the audience. Save it for the Mensa meeting, Poindexter. Dr. Pangloss walks into a bar and asks for the specials. Bartender starts with the specials and Pangloss interrupts, “I’m kidding, it’s all special.” Boo.

Barry Bonds

October 18th, 2010
4:41 pm

I had stomach cramps this morning and sat on the toilet and downloaded a HUGE Barry Bonds! I feel better.

This guys forehead started looking like a Gorilla and his shoe size increased 2 sizes. He grew from a lean 190 to a bloated 240 in about 2 years. Isn’t his “doctor” in freaklin’ jail;?

How stupid caould anyone be to deny this?

ChillyMutt

October 19th, 2010
12:58 pm

ummmm and Andrew Jones is 33 years old ….

unbelievable

October 20th, 2010
4:16 pm

“Bonds told a U.S. grand jury that he used undetectable steroids known as “the cream” and “the clear,” which he received from personal trainer Greg Anderson during the 2003 season.”

unbelievable

October 20th, 2010
4:23 pm

“Umm, Bonds 2002-2004 seasons are the most validated clean seasons ever -Odysseus”

wrong again. MLB started testing in 2003 with no penalties and not everyone had to get tested. It wasnt until 2004 that a player was forced to take a steroid test

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