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Major League Baseball still wondering about A-Rod and Dr. Galea

Jun 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez

In the New York Times today is a story about Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who has been under indictment and who is suspected of giving professional athletes PEDs.  You’ll recall that, among several others such as Tiger Woods, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez received treatment by Dr. Galea and has been the subject of interest from the feds about it.

A-Rod, like those other athletes, has been questioned by federal authorities. Like everyone else, there has yet to be any public suggestion that A-Rod is in any kind of trouble over it. Today’s story also notes that Major League Baseball still has zero information about it all that the general public doesn’t have because, as is appropriate, the feds aren’t sharing the information with Major League Baseball with respect to their ongoing investigation.

Yet, despite this, the whole story is couched in terms of “Major League Baseball really wants to know about A-Rod,” and about how he could get in trouble if they find that he was given PEDs. Makes me wonder why this story — which provides little if any new information whatsoever — is appearing today.

In the past, it has seemed pretty clear to me that PEDs stories in the Times are sourced by someone in the Commissioner’s office at Major League Baseball, and that the Times serves as a nice little window into MLB’s thinking.  The thinking right now:  “Waaaa!  The U.S. Attorney’s Office up in Buffalo won’t tell us what’s going on, so we want to make some noise about it so that public pressure can be exerted.”

Here’s a novel idea: let the feds do their job. If any damning information comes of it, I’m sure someone will say so eventually.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    A-Roid is having a bad week. First he had to dump his girlfriend, and now this. Worse case scenario is that he was given PED’s by this doctor. Big deal. He’s already admited to taking PEDs and wasn’t put in jail. I can’t see how much more trouble the guy can get into.

    Look, Bonds lied to a Federal Grand Jury and he never saw a day in a jail cell.

  2. pellypell - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Also in the news today, MLB is about to start an investigation in Dr. Acula. They are concerned he might be responsible for sucking the life right out of the Indians.

  3. jimbo1949 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Bud’s just upset because the Feds got his list of PED users and now they’re not sharing theirs.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    MLB should just relax, considering who’s running the investigation, they’ll find out if Arod took anything the same time the rest of us do. When the feds leak the information to the NYT/SF Chronicle just like with the ’03 drug tests.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    stupid title to this column, if other baseball players went to see this guy why is MLB only “wondering” about a-rod? what a joke as usual

  6. tuftsb - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    If you go to twitter, Schmidt is listed as a NY Times reporter in Iraq. Odd that he gets a byline on A-Rod while half a world away.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:55 AM


  8. danberman4 - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Michael Schmidt was a groundbreaking reporter on steroids for The Times. It’s possible the info was given to him by sources he has long had. He would get credit in that case.

    In any case, A-Rod is a fraud whose records are tarnished. Who can believe his lame excuse that didn’t know he was taking anything that was banned?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      You mean the same excuse that everyone else used when they got caught? Why go after Arod only?

  9. briansullymd - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Arod is small potatos here – the big fish is Tiger, and when the Dr gets squeezed, he will sell Tiger down the river in about 5 minutes.

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