Who Is Juan Carlos Oviedo?By
Over the course of just two years, the Florida Marlins fanbase has grown increasingly frustrated with the man entrusted with coming out of the bullpen and pitching his way to heart-palpatating saves on a nightly basis. The problem? We’ve all been screaming the wrong name.
Juan Carlos Oviedo.
If you’re scoring at home, that’s now three Marlins who play under assumed names. The only difference, of course, is that Justis Morrison and Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton weren’t sent back to the Dominican Republic this week. Leo Nunez, on the other hand…
According to the report, Nunez’s real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo. Oviedo is said to be 29 years old, a year older than his listed birthdate of Aug. 14, 1983 in the Marlins’ media guide.
It is not known whether the U.S. Immigration uncovered his assumed identity or whether he will be able to re-enter the country if he is cleared.
Dominican players lying about names and ages is nothing new, as most of us already know – and if you didn’t, Bobby Valentine does an excellent job of explaining – so this story isn’t as crazy as it sounds. It’s only ridiculous because it’s the Marlins, and after an epic June collapse, an Edwin resignation, the hiring of an octogenarian, Hanleygate, LoMogate and Logogate, it was hard to imagine anything even more ridiculous happening to the team team this season. But, of course, this is the Marlins, so something else did happen. Juan Carlos Oviedo happened.
RIP Leo Nunez.