Today, Miguel Tejada admitted to actually being two years older than his listed birth date of May 25, 1976. This seems to happen all to often with players coming out of Latin America and wouldn’t be a big deal if tens of millions of dollars and long-term contracts weren’t involved. I just don’t see how clauses are not included in these long-term deals pertaining to this common occurence. I still remember Rafael Furcal being dubbed the first Major Leaguer born in the ’80s before it turned out that he was actually born in ’77 or when Alfonso Soriano aged from 26 to 28 just by being traded to the Rangers. I understand that they do this to get a better opportunity, but how prevalent is this. The world definitely does not need more Danny Almonte‘s. That kid ended up marrying a 30 year old woman when he was 19 and now plays for some community college in Oklahoma. (Yeah, I understand that was a totally different case, but thatÂ groin dogÂ needed to be included in something that I wrote.) Basically, I’m saying I want to know how old these guys are just for discussions about prospects. Much less people would be talking about guys like Angel Villalona, Jose Tabata and Fernando Martinez if they were two years older. I figure at least one of them is lying. Other the other end of the spectrum, I don’t even want to know how old Julio Franco actually is. The only trim in his age bracket is Happy Gilmore’s Grandma. I’m also waiting for one of these prospects to get caught with some jailbait, that might stop a few of lies from continuing. I wish we could find out just how many players are lying about their age, it would most definitely be longer than the Mitchell Report. Get on that Congress.