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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Roberto Hernandez

(Born August 30, 1980) -- Here’s a performer who spent some time in Buffalo, but not with this name. Most fans remember him as Fausto Carmona.

Hernandez came up through the Cleveland Indians’ organization as a member of the Dominican Republic. He was named the pitcher of the year in the Indians’ system in 2003., mostly because of a 17-4 record and 2.06 ERA for Lake County of the Single-A Sally League.

Hernandez pitched one game in Buffalo in 2004, and then went 7-4 for the Herd in 2005. That earned him a trip to the major leagues, where he debuted for Cleveland in 2006, although he came back to Buffalo for a short time during that season.

After going 1-10 that rookie season, Hernandez went 19-8 in 2007 in helping the Indians reach the American League playoffs. That turned out to be the best year of his career so far.

In 2012, Hernandez was arrested by Dominican authorities for using the fake name of Carmona in gaining a visa to enter the United States. He went back to his original name and picked up three years of age when his real birth certificate was produced.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.