The cesspool that is The Daily News…where you have 83-year-old-writers taking potshots and they don’t even know it!
If, in fact, the Levinsons never heard of Bosch before all this, then they are at least guilty of not doing a proper monitoring and counseling job with their clients. Indeed, in the past, the Levinsons took pride in vetting their clients, as well as being very selective in whom they would represent.
“If there was one thing about the Levinsons that set them apart from all the other agents, it was the overall high character quality of their clients,” said one general manager. “Go down the list — David Wright, Scotty Rolen, Todd Zeile, Cliff Floyd, Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, Raul Ibanez — one class act after another.Even with Milton Bradley, who wasn’t a bad guy, just crazy. They nurtured that kid, kept trying to place him in environments where he could cope the best. They’re the only agents I know who fired clients that embarrassed them.” (It was therefore commendable of Wright, in the wake of the Cabrera/Nunez fiasco last summer and the preponderance of Levinson clients now linked to Bosch, to tell the Daily News’ Andy Martino the other day: “I don’t care if you’re with the same agency or not. If you’re a cheater, I hope you get caught and punished.”)
But in recent years, the Levinsons got more and more involved in the cesspool of Dominican Republic baseball, where steroids are both legal and rampant, or as the same baseball official said: “You have 13-year-old-kids taking steroids and they don’t even know it.”
Even if it’s determined all these players turning up in Bosch’s records did nothing wrong — as was apparently the case with Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who according to the records paid $1,000 for substances not banned by baseball and later passed a drug test — you have to ask the question, What were they doing there in the first place? Because for a guy nobody claims to know or have ever met, Bosch seems to have made a lot money off them.
Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:11 AM | 11 comment(s)
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