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Klapisch: only way for an “all-time fraud” to “save face” is to commit fraud

Jan 30, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

Fraud

It’s Bob Klapisch, who takes the rhetoric to the stratosphere — A-Rod is a “snake” an “all-time fraud” and a drug addict with a psychological dependence on PEDs — and then lays out what is now the apparently approved talking points for the anti-Rodriguez camp:

Just wait and see, A-Rod will find a doctor to say he’s medically unable to keep playing, like Albert Belle, whose own career ended in 2000 because of hip problems. This convenient detour will allow A-Rod to pocket the rest of his money and give the Yankees 85 percent reimbursement from their insurers.

Dishonest or not, it would be the ultimate face-saver …

Get that: the best way for an “all-time fraud” is to commit fraud.

Do these people hear themselves?

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Craig, I think you are missing some of their point though. I do agree with the concept that they are advocating insurance fraud. However, what I think most of them are saying is that A-Rod won’t be able to play without taking the PEDs he has been using the last few years and so he will have to retire. THAT’S the big difference between just getting hip surgery and getting hip surgery and finding out that he has still been on the PEDs to keep himself in what little shape he has been in the last year or two.

    Their question is “Can A-Rod stay healthy without using PEDs to keep his body intact?” I personally think they are all advocating insurance fraud, but they are not just throwing this concept out there willy nilly just because of the PED investigation. They are questioning whether he can still play without using them.

    • Joe - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      There’s a difference between “physically unable to play baseball” and “no longer able to play baseball at one’s previous levels.”

      I’m not as good a baseball player as I was 25 years ago. I have no physical issues. What kind of doctor would say that I am physically not able to play baseball?

      Caveat emptor.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I agree with that concept and don’t think A-Rod will get away with Insurance Fraud. However, the problem in this case is the question of whether he will be able to even play at all at any level without taking PEDs. Maybe his hip is so bad, without taking banned substances, he won’t be able to stay healthy enough to play at all. If that is the case…then what happens? Does the insurance company say too bad because its his own fault for the PEDs ruining his physical ability? Does needing to use HGH or any other banned substance mean that he is not allowed to retire? Seems like an interesting question.

      • Joe - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        This makes no sense. Either his hip is bad or it’s not bad. PEDs got nothing to do with it. If his hip was injured/deteriorating while he was allegedly taking PEDs, then how can you make the argument that the only way he can keep his hip healthy is to use PEDs?

        Most people with healthy hips keep healthy hips without using PEDs. The doctor who said the hip is going to be healthy probably wasn’t making that statement contingent on ARod’s use of PEDs.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Joe, I am no expert so I could be completely wrong. But wouldn’t taking HGH help him heal faster and get to his professional athlete level of comfort faster than just waiting it out after surgery? if not, then what you said was right and I stand corrected. But if that’s not the case, and he needs the HGH to get back on the field faster, or maybe he needs it to get back on the field at all, then wouldn’t that mean he can’t play anymore?

        And again…some are trying to say he is working hard “to help the Yankees.” No he’s not. He’s doing this to get to his $30 million incentives for breaking the home run records. Anybody who believes differently is insane.

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Chris:

        No, HGH and IGF-1 do not help injuries heal faster. They don’t speed recovery after surgery either. Many studies have looked at such things and found no evidence that either is true, which is why they are not approved for such usages and why people have to go to shady clinics to get their illegal HGH. To date, there is no evidence that growth factors and hormones have measurable effects on healthy adults (i.e. people with normal HGH or IGF-1 levels). ARod is taking this crap for no reason, it isn’t helping him.

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        It would be so refreshing is just once a baseball writer/reporter would call a couple of medical experts to get their opinion about the effects of something and then quote some of that actual expertise. I’d like to see it just once from the MSM.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        To date, there is no evidence that growth factors and hormones have measurable effects on healthy adults (i.e. people with normal HGH or IGF-1 levels)

        So what is HGH used for, medically, not the sports reporters ideas of usage?

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/human-growth-hormone-hgh

        as opposed to use in sports: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growth_hormone_in_sports#Putative_Benefits

        Note that if anything, HGH use, which pushing HGH and GF levels above normal, likely has a negative effect on sports performance.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Gotcha, and thanks for the links. I think one of the issues people may have is when the statement “HGH has zero use in healthy individuals”, they naturally assume that it has use for injured/hurt individuals. The article basically states it has specific uses that the normal individual would never have needs for.

      • bh192012 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        From what I’ve read

        “the limited available evidence suggests that growth hormone increases lean body mass,”

        then they go on to say it may not lead to athletic performance due to lack of data.

        So basically they know with certainty that it helps to get rid of fat and promotes “lean body mass,” but that may or may not include athletic benefits. (The muscle may not be capable of longer, more frequent or stronger work.) So it’s technically still up in the air at this point, since they haven’t done a study that looks beyond muscle size. At least that’s how it I understand it.

  2. cdeangelus - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Christ Craig, he’s not saying A-Rod *should* commit fraud, he’s saying A-Rod *will* commit fraud because that’s what he is. AS fraud. Vulpem pilum mutare, non mores.

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    You mean the same way Joe Theismann found a doctor(s) to say his football career was over after his leg injury. As I recall the insurance company didn’t agree with that finding at the time, yet Theismann still got his wish and collected. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong here in my brief analysis.

  4. jonrox - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    With insurance fraud, everyone wins! A-Rod gets his money, the Yankees get their money back, the insurance company… oh

  5. drunkenhooliganism - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Does Klapisch think that insurance companies regularly pay 100 million dollar claims because of one doctor’s report?

    • bluesnats - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Of course they will. Everybody knows insurance companies love to pay claims and lower their rates.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      I think that’s what my lawyer, Lionel Hutz, and attending physician, Dr. Nick, are hoping on!

  6. Francisco (FC) - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    The lair was a hive of activity! Craig was sitting in his usual high chair while typing copiously using his laptop computer. His 71″ LED smart TV was turned on, the display divided into sections with all sorts of news outlets pumping information out. At his side table lay the bubble pipe, temporairly forgotten in the current frenzy. The Braves bathrobe though was immaculate and properly tied. He may be busy but it was important not be a slob.

    The door to his lair opened and Kay Adams walked in carrying a set of newspapers caredled in her arms.

    “Craig, I got a copy of all the print news outlets you requested.”

    Craig waved at her with a hand making a gesture to add them to an already considerable stack of publications. What they all had in common were the headlines, which in one or another were announcing the end of Alex Rodriguez. Beside the stack sat a white cat, which looked at Kay rather menacingly as she approached the stack.

    “Don’t mind him, he’s just huffy cause I put him on a diet.”

    Kay quickly set her items on the top of the stack and backed away from the moody cat.

    “Craig, are you sure it’s a good idea to spend so much time on these A-Rod articles? This morning I got my schedule from NBC and they want us to a segment on the upcomming WBC, spring training and speculate about where Michael Bourne will end up.”

    Craig, paused briefly from his typing to look at her. “My dear, the baseball world has gone nuts with this A-Rod news cycle. They are going bananas. Someone has to step in and put some order. Really, this entire thing has been blown so completely out of proportion, I’ve put all my resources to ensure a proper perspective is gained. Way too much attention has been devoted to this by my so-called pairs. Someone has to set them straight!”

    “So… in order to get these people to stop paying so much attention to the A-Rod story, we have to focus everything on the A-Rod story ourselves?”

    Craig positively smiled at her and gestured with his palm face up. “Now you get it! I’m glad we’re on the same page Kay. Now go along and tackle the next set of items…”

    Kay sighed and went through the door.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Dang autocorrect… PEERS not PAIRS!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Autocorrect? You write these on a phone? Holy crap!

      • indaburg - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Not necessarily on a phone. The iPad and other tablets have autocorrect too. The machines… they are smarter than us.

    • thegreatstoneface - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      …this was pretty good, man..

    • cur68 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      You put the cat in! AND he’s on a diet, too. Awesome. When Valentine comes over, have him smell of bacon. The cat will try and kill him. That would be perfect.

  7. beachnbaseball - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Yeah, Klapisch. Doctors Nick Riviera and Julius Hibbert will deem Rodriguez unable to play and Team Scotti, the insurance company that wrote the insurance policy, will just ask A-Rod if he would like cash or is a check okay.

    Klapisch is a baffoon. His latest column just reinforces that opinion.

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