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MLB investigating links between Melky’s agents and steroid dealer Kirk Radomski

Aug 29, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

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This is interesting. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports:

Major League Baseball is investigating whether four-time All-Star catcher Paul Lo Duca’s relationship with steroid distributor Kirk Radomski was arranged by his former agents, three people with knowledge of the investigation told USA TODAY Sports. They spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

And it’s not just old news simply because it involves an old player like Lo Duca. Because the agents in question — Seth and Sam Levinson — are also Melky Cabrera‘s agents. And the information about the Lo Duca-Radomski relationship has arisen in the context of MLB’s investigation into the Melky Cabrera fake website craziness.

Nightengale lays out the relationship between Lo Duca, Radomski and the Levinsons. Some of this was in the Mitchell Report — we know Lo Duca was a total genius and wrote personal checks to Radomski for his HGH — but Nightengale reports that the checking account was in both Lo Duca’s and the Levinsons’ names.  That’s news. The Levinsons strongly deny any relationship to Radomski or any involvement in procuring PEDs for their clients, Lo Duca and Melky Cabrera included.

Obviously it’s too early to tell what this may mean. But it certainly puts that whole Melky website thing in a new light. Remember, the guy who created it worked for the Levinsons. He claimed to be a lone gunman, but one wonders if Major League Baseball isn’t playing Jim Garrison here and looking to see if there were any agents on the grassy knoll.

If so: bye-bye agents livelihood, as they will be drummed out of the player representation business permanently, one assumes.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Is it outside the realm of possibility for an agent to encourage an athlete to cheat? What ever contract Melky got in the off-season, the agency is going to get a cut.

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      And won’t the agency then lose money when he’s suspended for 50 games without pay?

      • dondada10 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think they do. I think they get a portion that is determined from the original sum.

        And again, even if they do lose money when a player gets suspended, but short-term and long-term, it’s worth the gamble to them even more than it is for the player:

        If the player gets caught, he’s got a black-eye for the rest of his career and the agent loses out on a pay-day as a result of one of their clients.

        If Melky didn’t get caught, his 4 year/48 mil (or whatever) would’ve paid off for the agency.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    radomski should be in jail just like every other drug dealer that gets caught.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Jail>Prison
      And no need throwing weed growers into prison.

  3. manchestermiracle - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    And here I thought BALCO was out of business. Looks like the Giants org learned very little about the Bonds mess. If they were in the NCAA they would have been hammered for a lack of institutional control.

    • bravojawja - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      The NCAA would take away their territorial rights to San Jose.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Would anyone be shocked if agents helps athletes get PEDs? Pro athletes do not tend to be people who have experience navigating the real world. They are taken care of by handlers since adolescence. I doubt that, for most, the taking of PEDs is a decision they come to on their own, or that they know the channels for procurement. Since the agent’s livelihood is directly tied to his client’s earnings potential, a little performance boost is in everyone’s interest.

    I have never quite gotten over reading Scott Boras bio a few years back. The biggest agent in baseball has doctorate degree in pharmacology, a legal degree and a history of defending drug companies? If a player needs some one-stop-shopping for career guidance, career “enhancement” and help getting out of any related trouble, there is a guy who is supremely qualified.

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Agree 100%. Wouldn’t be surprised if every agent has some sort of connection to a steroids dealer.

      And as far as hearing about Boras’ degree in pharmacology, that is no surprise. He sounds like a guy that wears many hats. Super sports agent, de facto manager of the Nats, pharmacy technician, etc…

    • elmo - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Wow, I did not know that about Scott Boras. You just blew my mind a little. That makes too much sense.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      Except hockey players, which is why they are so likeable.

    • seeinred87 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Athletes are neither inherently naive nor innocent. I promise that the vast majority of drug-using pro athletes made that decision on their own. And I imagine most of them procured their own shit, at least until they got famous.

      It would be a great idea for an agent to lead a mega-huge PED ring, though.

  5. dexterismyhero - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I have a white lab jacket and a name tag…………..Paging Dr. Herman…Paging Dr. Herman…

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