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Report: MLB, player buying up Biogenesis documents

Apr 12, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

Bud Selig defiant

The New York Times is reporting that MLB, rebuffed in its attempts to get Biogenesis documents from the Miami New Times, is now paying an ex-Biogenesis employee for documents relating to the case.

Which is interesting enough. Making it even more fascinating: according to the report, the league has taken this step after learning that a player named in documents has purchased documents from a former clinic employee in order to destroy them.

The New York Times has no idea about the identity of that player. Among those named in the Biogenesis documents were Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz.

The Times reports that MLB has provided payments to multiple former Biogenesis employees who have cooperated with its investigation. According to the Times: “The payments were for the time they provided to the investigators,” and “were not believed to have exceeded several thousand dollars.”

While MLB is well within its rights to pay the ex-employees, there is the concern that said payments would make the employees easily attackable witnesses in case they’re called to testify in any lawsuits.

  1. vallewho - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    I’m seriously not sure who among all the parties involved in this case is the bigger scumbag.

  2. badintent - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    I got my $$ on ARodless throwing some gravy to a guy making $12 /.hr to get the paper and burn it with a big fat Cuban cigar. This has his fingerprints all over it. Call CSI Miami to investigate.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    So they found a former employee willing to SELL them documents, as in he make lots of money off of them? Yeah this deal is on the up and up for sure.

  4. sdemp - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    It would really be nice if MLB and that DJ would stop trying to destroy their own product.

    Every major sport and the top athletes use PED’s. Anyone who thinks NFL, NBA, MLb players are not using “something” is a complete idiot.

    MLB is the only sport that goes out of the way to destroy the product.

    #greenies are PEDs

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      and Jaywalking is a crime as is murder. All things are equal after all…

      • paperlions - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        I hope you aren’t comparing steroids to murder and amphetamines to j-walking….because steroids are less dangerous to use that amphetamines (far more people die from complications related to taking amphetamines each year than from steroid use, whose side effects the media has really blown out of proportion….I don’t advocate using steroids, just honest discourse) and there is also more evidence that the enhanced energy and focus derived from amphetamines translates to improved baseball performance better than strength derived from using anabolic steroids. But, hey, don’t let facts get int he way of your beliefs.

  5. mianfr - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Snitches get stitches.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.

      • dluxxx - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Not true at all. My girl wears glasses sometimes and I think they’re sexy.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        My bad. I thought we were just trading meaningless cliches.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        This one does! I think Chick’s w/ glasses are quite sexy. Same with girls who wear baseball hats. Strangely…I find those wearing glasses AND a Cardinals hat almost mind blowing.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Ok, seriously, everyone’s missing the point of that post. Stop looking at just the words.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Lol! Yes Philiac.

      • mianfr - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Seriously, people, even just look at the context… We’re not making profound philosophical statements…

  6. sabatimus - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    There’s gotta be a non-disclosure agreement someone’s violating here. In which case, I expect lawsuit(s) to follow.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Yeah, those lawsuits will put a stop to it. — John Edwards

  7. 13arod - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    it wasn’t arod so stop it

  8. Old Gator - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Thank Buddha for the Bufogenesis scandal. With only the Feesh as an alternative source of baseball interest this season, at least we have the legal shenanigans to keep us from falling asleep in our armchairs while our dogs scarf the popcorn.

  9. Matt - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    So…a medical entity is selling the records of its patients to some 3rd party w.o their permission? Sounds like a HIPAA violation to me…I highly doubt that MLB paid enough to cover the extremely high fines that such a violation brings.

    • illegalblues - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      good point, but i’m not sure a back alley doping clinic is really held to the same regulations.

    • rbj1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Yeah. Any attempt to use these “records” purported to be created by a shady character (Tony Bosch) but with a financial incentive to create fake records (have any of the other records been authenticated?) will not survive a HIPPA challenge.

      It’s funny. Every year there’s a couple of NFL players given a 4 game sentence for steroid use. This year an NBA player got a 25 game suspension for steroid use. These are one paragraph, one day items. It’s only baseball (and Lance Armstrong) that get such teeth gnashing, garment rending, woe unto the world anxiety over PEDs.

      • senatorsguy - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        A 4 game suspension in the NFL is 25% of the season. Isn’t that somewhat similar?

    • dluxxx - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      I was thinking the exact same thing. HIPPA violations can be huge (fines and jail time), and although we’d probably need Craig to explain the minutia of it all, I’m pretty sure that illegally obtained evidence is not admissible in court. Why would they do this? Pretty damn stupid if you ask me.

  10. hitdog042 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    13arod says : Apr 12, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT
    it wasn’t arod so stop it

    Yes. Because he’s been such a stand up guy over the years. He’d never do that.

    Smh

    • dluxxx - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      You know you can reply directly to someone on this site, right? You just hit that little “Reply” button under their post…

      • historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        He might be on the mobile app.

  11. jm91rs - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I would normally be pretty pissed at MLB for stooping to the level of buying the documents on their witch hunt, but if it’s true that a player is buying them and destroying them it definitely seems like there might be no other option. My opinion on this whole case just changed, if there’s a player doing this I hope they can figure out who and get him for a whole bunch of games. Cheating sucks, but I know it happens and I don’t care too much when it does. But cheating then trying to buy off the people that have the evidence might just be illegal I’m guessing.

  12. anxovies - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I don’t know enough about Biogenesis and what they do to know if their records are under HIPPA, the federal law that protects the confidentiality of medical records, but if they are then both the employee and MLB might be committing a federal crime. I suppose that ballplayers give MLB medical records releases that waives confidentiality but HIPPA is a complicated set of statutes. I assume that MLB got a legal opinion before attempting the purchase, if the story is true, but the thought of Bud Selig being hauled before a federal judge on this thing is entertaining.

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