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The Miami New Times will not hand over the Biogenesis files to Major League Baseball … because of Jeffrey Loria

Mar 12, 2013, 2:06 PM EST

Jeffrey Loria

The Miami New Times has realized that Major League Baseball is a business, not an arm of the government, and has decided not to hand over the records of the Biogenesis clinic to the league. But the best part of it all is one of the reasons: Jeff Loria.

The New Times — perhaps a little self-servingly, given that they have ripped Loria often in the past — details Loria’s history of mismanagement and bad deeds, notes that Bud Selig is supposed to act in the best interests of baseball, and that he has nonetheless enabled Loria for over a decade. They go on:

So this is the guy who wants our records? Isn’t he the same commissioner who in 2002 approved the complicated deal that gave Loria the Marlins, betrayed the City of Montreal, and caused Loria’s partners to accuse the artful merchant of racketeering? … he represents an organization with a long history of getting things wrong …

The New Times goes on to cite every transgression in baseball history — from the Black Sox on down — and says Major League Baseball is responsible. Then notes, specifically, that Selig was on watch while steroids flourished in baseball and guys like Mark McGwire continue to allowed to be part of the game, and worries that Selig may misuse the records to hand out uneven discipline or the like.

It’s all rather amusing, actually, even if the justifications for not handing them over which are attributable to baseball’s misdeeds are all over the map (really? Selig has to pay for the Black Sox scandal and segregation now?). And even if later in the editorial the New Times notes that the real reasons were journalistic ethics, worry about future leakers having their info and identity disseminated against their will and — this seems like the biggest reason — there is an ongoing state investigation into Anthony Bosch that the New Times feel will be imperiled if they hand over records to anyone else.

The important thing here, I think, is the result. It’s just bad form for a newspaper to hand over its investigative records to some private business. One which clearly has a conflict of interest to boot. So even if the New Times’ reasoning here is all rather, well, odd and funny, the right decision was reached.

  1. thekcubrats - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    C’mon Old G, let fly!

    • Old Gator - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Fly what? The New Times is a cockamamie “alternate weekly” (i.e., not a real newspaper) whose primary virtue is that it is not the Macondo Feeshwrapper. It’s full of whacked-out columnists who write articles like…like…well, like this one on the Biogenesis file (Biogenesis should not be confused with bufogenesis, which is the process by which clowns reproduce – though, clearly, in this instance the two may be closely related). The New Times does have going for it that it opposed the Macondo Banana Massacre Field construction deal from day one, unlike its nauseatingly hypocritical big brother, the Feeshwrapper, that plugged the stadium with the enthusiasm of a gang of bikers who stumbled over a drunk hooker on the beach. And speaking of hookers, the New Times is where you go for your escort service phone numbers and URLs. Fortunately, those are published plainly in the personals, so the editorial staff doesn’t have to take weeks and weeks to sort out ethical conundrums as readily soluble as not turning over its investigative files to Bud Light should have been.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        OG, you are so totally right about the garbage that must be this newspaper. I don’t know how many of the commenters actually read the linked article, but it is such a piece of garbage, I wouldn’t, in your words, even line my birdcage with it for fear they wouldn’t even want to take a shit on it.

        They go through this sanctimonious history of the things baseball has done wrong as if baseball is this evil entity and not just a group that has made mistakes throughout its history, but is for the most part, a good group. Then they talk about how Bud kept his eyes closed while McGwire hit home runs and “admitted taking steroids throughout the 90’s” and how reporters spotted “drugs” in his locker. They spotted “Androstenedione” and it was PERFECTLY LEGAL TO USE IN BASEBALL WHEN THEY SPOTTED AND WROTE ABOUT IT IN 1998 ( http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/news/1998/08/22/mcgwire_supplement/ ) The fact that they were legal was as much the player’s union’s fault as it was Bud and baseball’s fault.

        Then, the biggest piece of shit paragraph in the entire article is this one…
        “If a lawyer, developer, or my barber wants to use testosterone, human growth hormone, or some other performance enhancer, that’s his or her right. They’re fundamentally different from athletes, who promise not to use these drugs and are role models for millions of kids.” Well guess what shitheads, it isn’t “their right” no matter who they are to illegally obtain substances without a prescription. So while they may not be role models, they are still breaking the law. But you just write your nonsense and suck out as much as you can from this issue when we all know the truth is that you are, as OG says, nothing more than an “alternate weekly” who got lucky with the Biogenesis paperwork and Bosch’s notebook.

      • umrguy42 - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Oh, it’s THOSE New Times. We’ve got one up here in ‘Cuse, too. Haven’t looked lately (I usually only check when I’m waiting on carryout “Chinese” and need something to read for 10 min), but it seems like the escort ads have disappeared. Disappointing, really, other than the dumb criminals section, it was usually the most fun.

  2. jm91rs - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I understand what the New Times is saying. Bud Selig is responsible so many atrocities to the game. If only he hadn’t turned a blind eye to Shoeless Joe all of those years ago. And If it weren’t for Bud, Barry Bonds would not be the HR record holder….It would be Josh Gibson. Because it’s Bud’s fault that the country was segregated back then, right?

    Good call not turning over the records, but only because that’s basic journalism code.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      jm, you can laugh all you like, but I’ll soon be posting to youtube my video of Bud handing Ed Cicotte a $20 bill and them nodding to each other.

  3. APBA Guy - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    You’re the lawyer, but as a lay person I can’t fault the New Times for taking any opportunity to slam Loria, although a little more coherence would have been welcome.

  4. historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Brilliant. This protects their source(s), includes a big FU to Bud, AND hates on Loria. That is first rate, gentlemen. Well done.

    • cur68 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I think you’re right. The New Times just publicly trolled Loria and Selig. On the responses those two fire off at this, the NT will increase their readership no end.

      To The Miami New Times: golf clap

      • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        And, they cleverly rolled it in the appearance of incompetence, so that responding equals trying to escape flypaper…or arguing with a 12-year old. There will be comedy.

    • indaburg - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Yep. NT basically said, “All y’all can kiss our collective asses” in 1000 words.

      • paperlions - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Yeah, it is pretty funny though. They pretty much said, “Here is the real reason we’d never hand over these records…and also, you suck.”

    • ctony1216 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      The irony, of course, is that MLB is probably happy to not have to deal with the mess that the records might lead to. The league can cite lack of certifiable evidence as its reason for not moving forward on the investigation.

      I wonder if MLB, Ryan Braun and the Brewers, A-Rod and the Yankees (who took more in tax dollars and was one of the last teams to desegregate) will send an official “thank you” to the New Times, or just smile slyly.

      That said, the New Times is 100% correct in not handing over its records to MLB.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        A-Rod and the Yankees (who took more in tax dollars and was one of the last teams to desegregate) will send an official “thank you” to the New Times, or just smile slyly.

        Yes, I’m sure Arod will be happy his name was smeared in the press without a way of defending himself since the information won’t be distributed.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Exactly, church, and that guarantees future opportunities to sell papers with unsubstantiated drama.

      • cur68 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Miami New Times can’t lose here. Endless opportunity to troll MLB, Selig & Loria, make news off ARod’s name (shit, they even CALL him “ARoid” in the article and THEN go on to cite “the children”. My Dog. CAN’T WE THINK OF THE CHID-REN!!!!??? AAAAAaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggggg STEROIDS!!!!!!) and all they have to do is claim “journalist sources”. Classic trolls.

      • ctony1216 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        If A-Rod is being unjustly defamed, he can always sue the New Times for libel. If he really wants to defend his sterling reputation, there are legal means by which he can do that.

        On the other hand, if the records showed that A-Rod bought steroids for his own use, what would a 50-game suspension cost him? About $7 million? I bet he’d rather have the money, and the righteous indignation of saying that MLB, and no one for that matter, has ever proved he took PED’s, other than his own admission to taking them for a short period of his career (A-Rod smearing himself?).

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        If A-Rod is being unjustly defamed, he can always sue the New Times for libel. If he really wants to defend his sterling reputation, there are legal means by which he can do that.

        It’s very hard for famous people to prove libel/slander. It’s why most don’t sue newspapers unless they print something so egregious that everyone knows it’s false/damaging.

      • paperlions - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Plus you have to demonstrate that the libelous/slanderous party knew their content was incorrect and published it anyway….that is nearly impossible to prove.

      • ctony1216 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        The point is that as much as the New Times thinks it’s hurting MLB by not releasing those records, it probably isn’t. Just the opposite.

        Regarding A-Rod, you really think he’d like those records released? So, he could spend the summer “defending himself” against PED allegations, and claims that the people remembering guys going to his house to inject him with steroids were just making that up because … well just because? Sounds like a fun summer. And even if A-Rod could “prove” that all Bosch had was A-Rod’s name in a ledger and nothing else, you really think everyone would believe A-Rod is as pure as the driven snow? I don’t. As a Yankee fan, I’m glad A-Rod won’t have to deal with this any more (hopefully).

        In fact, by closing the book on this, the New Times seems to be doing everyone in baseball a huge favor.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        That’s exactly right, tony. The paper did MLB no serious damage and yet worked an excellent troll at the same time. If MLB or Loria engages them with a response, they only get dragged into some immature silliness — their other option, though, is just to take the slam. Meanwhile, the paper doesn’t have to fear crossing a powerful industry either. Oh, and it also found an excellent way to generate readers/revenue.

  5. unlost1 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    not to mention the only TIE in an all star game. what a priceless idiot.

  6. scratchnsniffnblog - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Calling the New Times a newspaper is like calling the Marlins a major league baseball team.

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Bravo New Times for not selling out your sources

  8. paint771 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    What’s weird is I’m pretty sure I actually just saw Jeff Loria. He was coming out of the back end of the Tigers clubhouse down here at the stadium in Lakeland. It might not have been him – it was hard to tell with the trenchcoat, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hat. In any case, the only reason I noticed is he had this empty can of clam chowder in his hand. Also, he was cackling and twirling a mustache he suddenly had.

    Eh, probably just some other guy.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Ah-HA!!!!! I thought I smelled something! Glad to know you’re on it, paint.

      • paint771 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        And dang it all, I saw that same trenchcoated man giving Roy Halladay an arm massage.

        Hrm. One man couldn’t be behind all this…could he?

      • paint771 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        And actually, now that I’m racking my brain, it wasn’t just an empty can of clam chowder. I’m pretty sure he had an athletic cup in his other hand. I remember because he had to stuff it in his pocket to twirl his mustache.

      • paint771 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        But it wasn’t just at spring training. Before my trip to Florida, I was out in Phoenix and I caught a WBC game cheering on my Canadian team. And I swear to God, I ran into the same guy. This time, he wasn’t wearing a trenchcoat. He had on a Mexican poncho and sombrero. And the only reason I noticed was he had, like, three water bottles with him.

  9. vivabear - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Wow, I learned so much from the New Times article. For instance: Mark McGwire set a homerun record in 1999, with 66 homeruns.

  10. sdelmonte - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    They’re right in not turning over the records. But it’s this sort of smarm that makes me wonder how good a newspaper it is.

    I am thus really inclined to just ignore this scandal until someone else comes up with more evidence.

  11. thesmedman - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Wait until the Congressional subpoena or the DOJ subpoena. Then we will see how they respond.

  12. vanmorrissey - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    And why should they hand their records over? MLB is lazy, or stupid, enough to not be able to find out this on their own when there are probably dozens of rogue medical offices running like this. They have no right to the records so screw them.

  13. deathmonkey41 - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Leave A-Rod alone!!!

  14. brockw82 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    My new favorite newspaper for calling the scum out for what they did to Montreal.

  15. thesmedman - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Rappelez-vous les expos !

  16. FrustratedDolFan - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Why has it taken so long to (expos) Loria for who he is. I watched his little do-boy (Samson) on TV last night during the WBC making excuses for their latest public catastrophe. He makes me ill and does he think wearing his World Series ring validates his existence?

    As fans we deserve better and so does Redmond and that triple A team they plan to run out there on opening day. Our opening day starter just got tagged for 7 runs in 2 innings not much to look forward to.

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