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Drug case arbitrator: Anthony Bosch’s “credibility is everything”

Jun 5, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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Here’s an interesting take on the potential for mega discipline against scores of players arising out of Biogenesis.

Richard McLaren is an attorney who has presided as an arbitrator over multiple arbitration cases exactly like the one which may involve Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and others in the event they get disciplined: appeals of non-analytical cases. Meaning drug suspensions based on testimony or other evidence as opposed to a positive drug test.

He appeared on on the MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM with Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette today, and talked a lot about the potential Biogenesis appeals and how difficult they may be for Major League Baseball given that their star witness is Anthony Bosch. The key takeaway: “Credibility is everything. If he turns out to not be a credible witness, there’s not much of a case.”

Not that it’d be impossible. McLaren notes what anyone who has dealt with criminal doings or drug-related unseemliness knows: there are a lot of scumbags hanging around. And he talks about ways Major League Baseball can deal with his prima facie credibility problems.  But it’s impossible to deny that if Major League Baseball does proceed with Bosch out front of its case against the players, making any discipline stick is going to be a pretty risky proposition.

  1. sabatimus - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I’m betting all of this (months? years?) will simply be a massive exercise in futility, just like the Mitchell Report and the debacle that was the McGwire/Palmeiro etc congressional hearing.

  2. lew24 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    This is the guy that is going to take done 20 baseball players? I am not saying that they are all innocent but how is MLB going to suspend these players based on this guy’s word?

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      He had a notebook with some nicknames and monies owed. Seems legit.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        hey, that’s how the bookies used to do it.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      and they say Jose Conseco is a liar.

      • badintent - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:22 AM

        That’s what his two ex s said. Then there’s the twin brother wrestling sub job…………………

  3. skids003 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    If this is true, the players have nothing to worry about. This guy has zero credibility.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      We will see. Why is everyone deciding one way or another before we even have the info?

      • chacochicken - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        It is a remarkably common trait of anatomically modern humans. I suppose it was also prevalent through the Australopithecus line as well. Our ancestors made lots of hasty decisions that were frequently life or death. We continue to do that today and are generally exploited to some degree by those other humans that seem predisposed to making patient long term decisions.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        So, I should look forward to a Nancy Grace article tomorrow then? Thanks, chicken.

      • sabatimus - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        Because we all believe what the media tells us hook, line, and sinker.

      • bigharold - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        “Why is everyone deciding one way or another before we even have the info?”

        Hasn’t stopped most from convicting and sentencing A-Rod, Braun, et al.

        Lest, I’m mistaken Bosch has already stated emphatically that he didn’t provide MLB players with PEDs that he’s merely a nutritionist. So was a he a lying dirt bag then or is he a lying dirt bag now? Either way he’s a lying dirt bag. Without corroboration I would trust this guy if he told me water was wet ant pizza is tasty. I really want this issue addressed but I don’t want the cure to worst than the decease. I’d like to see evidence.

        And, that mug shot above isn’t helping his creditability issues.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Be patient, young Skywalker. All will be revealed.

  4. chacochicken - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    He looks like the kind of guy from which I would purchase Latin American HGH but not the kind of guy I want testifying on my behalf.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      he looks like he just smoked a fat one.

  5. makeham98 - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    It’s worse than the Mitchell Report. This guy doesn’t have a deal with the feds. Another witch hunt.

    • sabatimus - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Good. I like my feds to have enough time to further erode the Constitution.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Mitchell report, well that means the entire Yankee team and not one Red Sox player.

  6. rayburns - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    It would be rather disingenuous to assume that MLB is proceeding solely on the word of Bosch (although I wouldn’t put it past them). I would assume, however, that any deal that was cut with Bosch would be with the proviso that all claims made by Bosch have verifiable evidence of their truth.

    In other words, if Bosch has CYA (cover your posterior) documents that were to be used as Get Out of Jail Free cards in case he was caught, he may now be cashing those in.

    Remember, the Feds never caught Al Capone, it was the accountants who were able to figure out that an item in a ledger represented an illegal payment and could prosecute Capone for Tax Evasion. If Bosch has a similar ledger with similar indications of payment and distribution of PEDs… well, then we have a whole new ballgame.

  7. pappageorgio - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I don’t want what I say here to come off as anti-American but……cases like this are kind of what is becoming increasingly problematic in this country.

    Common sense is no longer applied to the legal system. My life experience tells me that there are two simple clichés that are true: “where there is smoke there is fire” and “there are two sides to every story….and then there’s the truth”

    Bosch was running a criminal enterprise… people will say his credibility is no good. But why are the people who were customers of this same criminal enterprise have better credibility? Especially since they are the ones with more to lose? We have a bunch of entitled athletes, with far more to lose than Bosch, who will hire high-priced lawyers to point to Bosch as a liar. If this were a street crime……do the crack heads really have better credibility than the crack dealer? Bosch is in legal trouble……but MLB can’t help out with that. How much can they really help him out with the justice dept?

    Common sense tells me that this Bosch guy wasn’t just sitting around writing fictional notes hoping that the press finds out and he can get hos name in the paper before going to jail. He was maing money providing an illegal service…….which is a coincidence because the players involved needed someone to provide them with an illegal service.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Bosch helping out MLB will be looked upon as remorse, remember that Bonds and Clemens
      have made a lot of gov’t agencies and their gang of attorneys look really bad, do not for one
      second believe this case will be handled with out their hands involved.

      • sabatimus - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Remorse? The guy is getting SAVED from financial ruin.

  8. riverace19 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    If you took a picture of Ben Stiller and another picture of Keith Richards and merged them on top of one another, Bosch is what you would get.
    So glad that baseball has decided to make Bosch judge and jury, and Selig the executioner. Selig thinks he is helping baseball but what he is actually doing is ruining it further.
    I don’t want to see this guy’s face anymore. This has spiraled downward into the sewer.

  9. stercuilus65 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I would say he has as much credibility as Ryan Braun.

  10. stevem7 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Does this tell you anything about how totally delusional Bud BEND OVER Selig is?

  11. Walk - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    How do we differentiate legitimate payments for legitimate services from the ped related purchases? The burden of proof has to be higher than hand written notes for a witness that is not only recanting his story but is also being indemnified from future prosecution arising from the proceedings. I am reserving judgement but neither side is going to come out of this with a rosy smell.

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