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MLB gains tool to check Dominican baseball players

May 1, 2014

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Major League Baseball is getting a new tool to verify the ages and identifies of players from the Dominican Republic.

The president of the Dominican Central Electoral Commission says league officials will be able to access its national database of names and biometric data. Roberto Rosario says it should help cut down on fraud among people aspiring to play professional baseball in the United States.

Dominican authorities are also pledging to investigate and prosecute document fraud involving players as part of an agreement signed with league officials on Thursday.

Dominicans make up more than 10 percent of the currently in the major league. There have been a few known cases in which players have used fake documents that gave their wrong name and age when they signed contracts.

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