Even as a baseball fan, if you hadn’t heard of Sandy Rosario until a few weeks ago, you weren’t alone. Over the last three seasons, comprising his total career in the Majors, Rosario has pitched 7.2 innings, allowed 22 hits and 13 ER, and he sports a 4/3 K/BB ratio. He’s a 27 year-old righty with a 3.26 WHIP and has bounced around to quite a few teams over the past few months. But here’s the thing about Sandy Rosario: he doesn’t exist.
OTFB launched a special investigation based on information provided by an anonymous source, and the results, reported here, are shocking. Calls to several Major League Baseball teams led our reporting team to multiple dead ends and no contact with Rosario.
It all started in October, when the Red Sox claimed Rosario off of waivers from the Marlins. Boston then traded him to the As in November, he was put onto waivers, and the Red Sox re-claimed him. The Red Sox proceeded to put Rosario back on waivers, and he was then claimed by the Cubs.
That’s where the story stands. Or does it?
I attempted to broach the subject of Rosario’s identity with the Miami Marlins front office. Repeated calls yielded no results or new info, only stonewalling by a Marlins spokesperson who insisted that the season ticket holders office had nothing to do with a particular player being placed on waivers. A single call into Ben Cherington’s cell phone left me only with more questions, many of them from Cherington himself, including, “How did you get this number?” and “Are you insane?”
The Oakland As told me that they don’t comment on these types of player issues. Or at least that’s what I read in an Associated Press story from two years ago. That leaves the Chicago Cubs. Seventeen hand-written letters to the team’s president of baseball Theo Epstein went unanswered, save for a “cease and desist” order that only emphasizes how far MLB will go to keep this from coming to light.
Sandy Rosario is out there. His name occupies a spot on the 40-man roster for the Cubs, and he could very well be used as a reliever on Opening Day. But here’s the million dollar (or Major League minimum dollar) question: if that call comes into the bullpen, will Rosario be around to answer?