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MLB accused of “bullying” witness in Biogenesis case

Jun 8, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York Reuters

MLB will reportedly receive cooperation from Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch in their investigation into performance-enhancing drugs, but they aren’t having as much luck with one of his former associates. In fact, the attorney for Carlos Acevedo is accusing MLB of “bullying” his client, per this report by Mike Fish and T.J. Quinn of

The attorney for Carlos Acevedo, who along with Bosch and three others was named in a civil suit brought by MLB in March, told “Outside the Lines” he has filed a motion to have his client dismissed from the suit. Martin Beguiristain expects his motion to be heard Wednesday in a Miami-Dade County circuit court.

Acevedo, a former partner with Bosch in a wellness clinic, could presumably be helpful to baseball in supporting and corroborating information presented by Bosch, who even MLB officials acknowledge has credibility issues. The two worked together at Biokem, located in the same Coral Gables office that eventually would house Bosch’s Biogenesis of America clinic.

Beguiristain said he has spoken with MLB officials within the past week, but they never have met with Acevedo. Nor have they presented an offer similar to what Bosch received for his cooperation.

As for the “bullying,” Beguiristain claims that baseball has gone out of its way to antagonize his client and other defendants in the civil suit. This includes MLB allegedly sending investigators to Acevedo’s house who are “threatening” and “intimidating” him.

Beguiristain expects to successfully argue for his client’s dismissal from the suit on the grounds it’s frivolous and that baseball committed an error by not naming the MLB Players Association. He also said that if the matter gets to a hearing Wednesday, his client is unlikely to ever cooperate with MLB.

Getting Acevedo to cooperate in the investigation would obviously add some credibility to Bosch’s testimony, but MLB reportedly has “tons” of other witnesses at their disposal.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Florida has a “defend your castle” statute which is the domestic equivalent of its infamous “stand your ground” statute. Next time MLB send Joe Torre to Acevedo’s house to bully and intimidate the poor defenseless former drug distributor, Acevedo should just shoot him.

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Incidentally, I wonder if Macondo has a “defend your fan base” statute, which would let us….

  2. jstottredsoxfan - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM


    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Hey! Come back! You dropped your chromosome!

  3. jwbiii - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I’m seeing a script for Mean Girls II: Now They’ve Turned Pro starring Selig, Torre, and Rob Manfred.

  4. paperlions - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    MLB isn’t bullying. They are just applying pressure through intimidation and threats in order to get cooperation. Wait. What does bullying mean?

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Let’s us take a road trip to Pamplona on July 6 and find out.

      • paperlions - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        I have a feeling we would just wind up visiting various eating establishments. Of course, doing that and remaining ignorant of bull-y-ing would be a fine trade.

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Eating establishments? Tsk.

  5. ptfu - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Bosch should move in with Acevedo. Bosch gets a place to stay, and Acevedo benefits from Bosch’s MLB-supplied security people. Everyone wins.

  6. natslady - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I warned you in the last post.

  7. randygnyc - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Acevedo is just trying to get immunity, security and probably money, from MLB, just like Bosch.

  8. dan46778 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Who cares baseball is become a hack sport anyways

    • bigharold - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Yet here you are.

    • nbjays - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      “Who cares baseball is become a hack sport anyways”

      Says the hack poster.

  9. bigharold - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM


    What do you think filing suit against Biogenesis is about? It was the only way that they could coerce, .. which is exactly what they are doing .. , Bosch into saying anything. MLB coercion would be the very reason for filing suit because in a civil suit one has to prove injury of some sort. Considering all parties in MLB are, in general, making more money than ever one should ask; where is the injury? It’s not a stretch at all to think that the “investigators”, likely retired law enforcement types, are being heavy handed. Although I’m more of an administrator I work in corporate security and half the guys in our group are retired law enforcement. I’m seen the subtle and the deliberately no so subtle ways they talk they talk to people. It’s not hard to imagine MLB’s “investigators” going at their task a bit to exuberantly.

    “…by not naming the MLB Players Association.”

    The real issue is did the directors of the players association commit malfeasance by not protecting the clean players from the ones less inclined to play fair? Or, was their malfeasance the result of them giving into MLB and agreeing to ANY form of testing? Either way they are getting away with their inaction. Maybe players who didn’t use PEDs should sue the MLPA and MLB for malfeasance so their “investigators” can bully guys like Bud Selig and Donald Fehr for their inaction?

    • badintent - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Best damn post of the month on HBT. Would love to see Fehr get bully, he is a punkass. Bud is only a chumpass.

  10. bosoxington - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Even after all these years, I still love the Smug Bud pic…

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