Two Convicted in Cuban Baseball Player Smuggling Case

So which studio has the rights to this script?

Sports agent Bartolo Hernandez and baseball trainer Julio Estrada were convicted by a jury Wednesday for smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States. 

Per Curt Anderson of the Associated Press, a Miami jury issued the verdict to convict Hernandez and Estrada after they were “indicted on conspiracy and alien smuggling charges for an operation that began in 2009 and involved a number of high-profile Major League Baseball players.” 

Hernandez is a sports agent whose client list included Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. Estrada is a trainer who lives in the Miami area.

You know, I always knew anything involving Cuba was fishy…but I never thought we’d actually get the details. The article from Bleacher Report goes on…

The players would be whisked from Cuba to Mexico or Haiti in a speedboat, sign papers claiming residency in their new country and eventually be cleared to sign with MLB teams. Prosecutors showed jurors how many of those documents contained false information, such as made-up jobs for players, and some travel documents were forged.

I mean, Jose Contreras was listed as a 33 year old when he won the World Series with the White Sox but I’m pretty sure he was at least 40. How do we even know these guys are going by their real names? Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes might have completely different God-given names. By the way, Jose played his part by eating his fake passport.

This honestly sounds like a mission in Grand Theft Auto. Steal a speedboat, pick up some people from a different country, ask no questions and get paid. Also, keep under five stars because you have no chance against a helicopter when you’re on a speedboat.


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