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There was nothing improper about Scott Boras’ loan to Edward Salcedo

Jan 4, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

Boras sulking AP

An MLBPA source has told the Associated Press that Scott Boras did not violate any union rules when his company made loans to client Edward Salcedo. Of course we knew this back in November.

The only person who didn’t seem to know this was the New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt, who continued to push this story even after multiple analysis of the situation made it quite clear that no rules had been violated. It was referred to as a “scandal.”  Many non-specific people were described as voicing non-specific “concern.” There was the obligatory “these allegations come at a time” sentence, which was used to cast the whole thing in a negative light despite there being no actual connection between the complained-of activity and the contemporaneous evil.

As I noted multiple times when the story first broke, the whole thing smelled like a hit job to me. It was helped along by quoted agents who would love nothing more than to see Boras taken down a peg and anonymous Major League Baseball sources who have a clear interest in painting amateur free agency in the Dominican Republic as an awful thing.  And now it’s over.  I eagerly await Schmidt’s report on the matter.

  1. BC - Jan 4, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    How could he have violated an MLBPA Union rule when Salcedo is not a union member? (Yet, anyway).

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 4, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Where’s the “I told you so” column?

  3. Jack Marshall - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Just a quibble, not an argument: the fact that an action broke no rules doesn’t necessarily mean that it wasn’t unethical or wrong. Rules don’t and can’t cover every situation. Any professional who will do anything not specifically forbidden by a rule is a slimy professional.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      So…Scott Boras…?

  4. Old Gator - Jan 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    This vindication, which may have been a product of unrevealed decisions by unnamed evaluators, comes at a time when Jon Heyman is preoccupied with Bert Blyleven. Doesn’t that smell fishy to anyone?

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