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Monday, November 04, 2013

NY Times: In Rodriguez Arbitration, Two Sides Play Hardball

Ms. Moon said that in the affidavit, Ms. Delgadillo recounted visits by M.L.B. investigators to her Miami home in February. On Valentine’s Day, Mr. Mullin, the investigations unit chief who had interviewed Ms. Delgadillo, sent a bouquet of flowers to her home with a note thanking her for her help. When Ms. Delgadillo called Mr. Mullin to thank him, he offered to take her to dinner during his next visit.

Over the following weeks, Ms. Moon said, Mr. Mullin met with Ms. Delgadillo three times, treating her to dinners and drinks at Town Kitchen and Bar and Akashi Japanese Restaurant, and a meal at Big Pink in South Beach.

Ms. Moon said that Ms. Delgadillo said in the affidavit that she and Mr. Mullin became intimate, and he spent the night at her home.

Mr. Mullin, through M.L.B., denied that he had an inappropriate relationship with Ms. Delgadillo, an allegation that was also included in Mr. Rodriguez’s lawsuit against the league. Ms. Moon said her client accepted $100,000 from Mr. Rodriguez’s representatives in exchange for the card signed by Mr. Mullin that came with the flowers, his business card and access to her phone for text messages.

Ms. Moon said Ms. Delgadillo told the M.L.B. investigators in February that she had “no firsthand knowledge about Major League Baseball players being treated by Biogenesis.” [...]

A March 24 police report in Boca Raton, Fla., revealed that a car had been broken into and client records from Biogenesis were stolen from the vehicle. Among the people the police interviewed was a man named Gary Jones, who told them in mid-April that he did not steal the records and that he had not been in touch with M.L.B. about them, according to the police report.

Around the same time that the car was broken into, Mr. Mullin, on behalf of M.L.B., bought two batches of Biogenesis files from Mr. Jones. The men met twice at the Cosmos Diner in Pompano Beach to exchange the clinic’s records for cash. Baseball officials said that they paid Mr. Jones a total of $125,000 for the two sets of records.

Both men brought people along to video one of the meetings — and later, Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyers paid $200,000 for a copy, according to people briefed on the matter.

Records from the case show that Mr. Jones said that he told Mr. Mullin that the first collection of documents had been stolen from Biogenesis by an employee, and that the second had been taken from the car.

Mr. Courtney, the spokesman for Major League Baseball, said the league officials did not know about the police report when they purchased the documents and Mr. Jones did not tell them they were stolen.

bobm Posted: November 04, 2013 at 12:40 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex rodriguez, peds

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   1. boteman Posted: November 04, 2013 at 07:09 AM (#4593269)
The real question is whether Mullin got to first base.
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 04, 2013 at 09:02 AM (#4593284)
I think Mullin hit the circuit clout.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: November 04, 2013 at 09:19 AM (#4593290)
This is probably the most interesting baseball story I find I have no interest in. It should be right up my alley, too. Ah well, wake me up when someone gets murdered. It would appear that MLB is going to get dragged through the mud on this one. A-Rod is a rich dude with nothing to lose and he appears ready for this fight.
   4. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 09:43 AM (#4593298)
I want Rodriguez to slit MLB's bloated belly and see what spills out. I'm guessing you won't need a soothsayer to read that in short order.
   5. bob gee Posted: November 04, 2013 at 09:48 AM (#4593301)
a-rod's throwing a lot of money around for things.

so is MLB, but their money pool is larger than alex's.

would any owners start squawking about how much money is spent in this investigation? i'd like to think cuban would if he were in MLB, but that might be wishful projecting.
   6. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 12:35 PM (#4593430)
Just take a step back and think about this: All of this nonsense was to try to nail ARod for being the five billionth player to use steroids.
   7. Loren F. Posted: November 04, 2013 at 12:57 PM (#4593444)
What's sad -- but not surprising -- is that if you make the mistake of reading many of the comments on the article (why do I still do that???), they overwhelmingly support MLB and assume A-Rod is a monster who has damaged the sanctified game of Baseball.

And I take the NY Times to task for this. Why? I believe a lot of the commenters are folks who are reading about the Rodriguez-MLB conflict for the first time, and they are not baseball fans but general readers whose knowledge of A-Rod consists of "that ####### ballplayer had the audacity to sign a $250 million contract!" Yet the article doesn't make clear that MLB has yet to explain why A-Rod should get a 211-game ban, as opposed to either a 50-game or a 100-game suspension as per the CBA.

If the article made that clear, I think some readers might stop and think, "Yes, even though A-Rod is ridiculous and villainous, we need to make sure that contracts matter." Now, I am not saying MLB's position is anti-contract, just that we in the public don't know what evidence MLB has which it believes can justify the 211 figure.

Also, the Times doesn't make clear just how unprecedented is MLB's probe of A-Rod. Can anyone think of a major sports league that has gone to such lengths to nail one player?

To me, it's obvious that MLB comes off looking worse in this situation. Even though A-Rod doesn't exactly look good.
   8. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 01:24 PM (#4593470)
And it was more than about just nailing ARod: they were clearly trying to force him from the game. For what reason, who knows. So that Bud Selig could retire as the Man Who Rid Baseball Of Steroids is as good a guess as any.

The Bonds blackballing is useful to recall here.

And the Yankees at a minimum were trying to take advantage of the pressure being brought to bear on ARod by MLB, by, as ARod correctly said, "trying to figure out creative ways to cancel my contract." Whether the Yankees were just riding the coattails of MLB or were (stupidly) engaged further in the situation, who knows.
   9. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 01:44 PM (#4593494)
And the Yankees at a minimum were trying to take advantage of the pressure being brought to bear on ARod by MLB, by, as ARod correctly said, "trying to figure out creative ways to cancel my contract." Whether the Yankees were just riding the coattails of MLB or were (stupidly) engaged further in the situation, who knows.


It was MLB who made sure that the Rodriguez contract was especially onerous by ratcheting up the penalties for transgressing against their Yankee-targeting "market value" tax. While I'm not impressed with the team's willingness to negotiate with the hostage-takers I can understand their position.
   10. jmurph Posted: November 04, 2013 at 01:59 PM (#4593503)
YR, it's okay to occasionally admit your favorite team made a dumb move (the 2nd ARod contract)and perhaps acted inappropriately (the treatment of ARod this season).
   11. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 02:39 PM (#4593536)
YR, it's okay to occasionally admit your favorite team made a dumb move (the 2nd ARod contract)and perhaps acted inappropriately (the treatment of ARod this season).


Oh my favorite team has made plenty of dumb moves. I've frequently noted that the Kei Igawa contract is, in my estimation, the worst contract in baseball history. But in this instance the league has continued its pattern of specifically targeting the New York Yankees for special insult and scrutiny and the team is forced to live with that reality.
   12. tfbg9 Posted: November 04, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4593542)
YR, it's okay to occasionally admit your favorite team made a dumb move (the 2nd ARod contract)and perhaps acted inappropriately (the treatment of ARod this season).


Yankee Lickspittle?

I just heard on the radio that there's some report out there that Arod tested positive for a stimulant in 2006.
   13. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: November 04, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4593545)
Clever headline! Hardball is a different name for baseball, the sport that Alex Rodriguez plays.
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: November 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM (#4593551)
But in this instance the league has continued its pattern of specifically targeting the New York Yankees for special insult and scrutiny and the team is forced to live with that reality.


Going out of their way to give A-Rod a big suspension helps the Yankees.
   15. tfbg9 Posted: November 04, 2013 at 02:53 PM (#4593561)
Going out of their way to give A-Rod a big suspension helps the Yankees.


Forget it. He's rolling.
   16. gehrig97 Posted: November 04, 2013 at 02:57 PM (#4593567)
This whole sordid mess will make an interesting book in a few years. As the article states, MLB has marshaled unprecedented resources to bury one of their own. The scope (and slime) of their investigation far exceeds anything at George Mitchell's disposal a few years ago -- they essentially have subpoena power in this case. This is like putting out a match with a firehose. I just don't get it.

And it was more than about just nailing ARod: they were clearly trying to force him from the game. For what reason, who knows. So that Bud Selig could retire as the Man Who Rid Baseball Of Steroids is as good a guess as any.


I agree--the most compelling question for me is the question of motivation, i.e. WHY is Selig/MLB so intent on destroying A-Rod? To try and atone for his mishandling of PED issue over the last 20 years? To dent the union (in this regard, they appear to be succeeding)? A-Rod's reputation, such as it was prior to Biogenesis, is now irrevocably destroyed... so what else is there to gain?
   17. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 03:07 PM (#4593578)
But in this instance the league has continued its pattern of specifically targeting the New York Yankees for special insult and scrutiny and the team is forced to live with that reality.

Going out of their way to give A-Rod a big suspension helps the Yankees.


Then drop the suspension chicanery and let Rodriguez play. Teach 'em a lesson Bud!
   18. Swoboda is freedom Posted: November 04, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4593585)
Hardball is a different name for baseball, the sport that Alex Rodriguez plays.

Polo?
   19. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4593592)
To dent the union (in this regard, they appear to be succeeding)?


Yeah, the union aspect of this shouldn't be overlooked. Because of the steroids issues over the past 10 years, and the near total capitulation by the union over this issue over that time period, the union is at its weakest point in many years, perhaps since its inception.
   20. fra paolo Posted: November 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4593605)
its pattern of specifically targeting the New York Yankees for special insult and scrutiny

For a while I regarded it as a deserved comeuppance for the years of Arnold-Johnson-Del-Webb-Dan-Topping syndicate ball, but in the last year or two I've decided that it has gone on long enough. I never thought I'd say this, but I no longer hate the Yankees. They are just one of many different teams other than the ones I support.

I have found myself on A-Rod's side in all this, too, despite him not being a favourite player of mine, and me being something of an anti-steroids zealot in BBTF terms. (I am quite moderate in the wider world.) The article makes it clear, even as it tries to be even-handed, that MLB has been too enthusiastic in trying to get him.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 04, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4593628)
How has no one picked up on the biggest bombshell yet in this case? Clearly Derek Jeter is actually participating in investigating ARod, using the code name "Mr. Mullin."
   22. Swoboda is freedom Posted: November 04, 2013 at 03:33 PM (#4593631)
I have found myself on A-Rod's side in all this, too, despite him not being a favourite player of mine

Agreed. If they had offered a 50-75 game suspension like the offered everyone else, I might not feel any sympathy for him. But MLB is clearly targeting him.
   23. Danny Posted: November 04, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4593685)
While it is not clear whether M.L.B. has used it as evidence during the proceeding, Mr. Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, according to two people involved with baseball’s collectively bargained drug-testing program. He was not publicly identified for the positive test because players face suspensions for prohibited stimulants only if they test positive more than once.

Is there anyone "involved with baseball’s collectively bargained drug-testing program" who isn't employed either directly or indirectly by MLB?
   24. JoeC Posted: November 04, 2013 at 10:42 PM (#4593924)
I want Rodriguez to slit MLB's bloated belly and see what spills out. I'm guessing you won't need a soothsayer to read that in short order.


You know, we really need to work "haruspex" back into currency as a word. It's so much cooler than "reading the tea leaves" or "that augurs well."
   25. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 05, 2013 at 12:04 AM (#4593952)
from Wiki:

"Haruspicy was part of a larger study of organs for the sake of divination, called extispicy, paying particular attention to the positioning of the organs and their shape. There are many records of different peoples using the liver and spleen of various domestic and wild animals to forecast weather. There are hundreds of ancient architectural objects, labyrinths composed of cobblestones in the northern countries that are considered to be a model of the intestines of the sacrificial animal, i.e. the colon of ruminants."

for my money "haruspicy" is the word we need to bring back
   26. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: November 05, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4594052)
And I take the NY Times to task for this. Why? I believe a lot of the commenters are folks who are reading about the Rodriguez-MLB conflict for the first time, and they are not baseball fans but general readers whose knowledge of A-Rod consists of "that ####### ballplayer had the audacity to sign a $250 million contract!" Yet the article doesn't make clear that MLB has yet to explain why A-Rod should get a 211-game ban, as opposed to either a 50-game or a 100-game suspension as per the CBA.


I assume that after all this ARod will get 50 games, and there will an explosion of [faux] outrage from people demanding to know how the arbitrator could overlook "all" the evidence, this will come mostly from people who haven't the slightest clue what evidence there actually is, the quality of such evidence, how it was acquired, and how it fits in with the CBA's schedule of penalties, etc.
   27. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 05, 2013 at 11:25 AM (#4594097)

I assume that after all this ARod will get 50 games, and there will an explosion of [faux] outrage from people demanding to know how the arbitrator could overlook "all" the evidence, this will come mostly from people who haven't the slightest clue what evidence there actually is, the quality of such evidence, how it was acquired, and how it fits in with the CBA's schedule of penalties, etc.


I love how the interested people who have been following, such as the Daily News team of Madden and O'Keefe et al, keep saying "The other Biogenesis players accepted their suspensions. Arod was the only one who didn't."

Utterly disingenuous not to point out that the others were offered on the order of 50 games.

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