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Report: Biogenesis employee demanding $1 million for his documents

Jul 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Well, this has devolved into farce. Porter Fischer, the ex-Biogenesis employee who claims to have a so-called “smoking gun” regarding Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and the rest of the Biogenesis players, has demanded $1 million from Major League Baseball for his cooperation. From TMZ:

Alex Rodriguez‘ career could hang in the balance of a 7-figure check — because sources tell TMZ, the whistleblower who allegedly has proof A-Rod and other players bought steroids wants at least a million bucks for his info … Fischer’s attorney tells TMZ, his client discussed a possible deal with MLB … in which the league would acquire the drug-purchasing records of more than 100 MLB players (including A-Rod and Ryan Braun) — but it’s gonna cost ’em.

TMZ says MLB has not made an offer. Given that this Fischer dude appears to be something of [searches for a polite word] an eccentric, one wonders whether baseball is willing to play ball with him.  Of course, if he does cooperate with MLB the first question is going to be whether Major League Baseball made him rich in order to offer evidence against players, so that’s fun too.

UPDATE: Just occurred to me: Major League Baseball has a lawsuit pending against Biogenesis and Anthony Bosch. Fischer was an employee and now claims to have all the information about the operation. Why doesn’t MLB simply amend the lawsuit to add Fischer and then obtain the documents in discovery? That would not cost $1 million. That would cost virtually nothing.  Could it be that, perhaps, MLB realizes its lawsuit is baloney? Or, perhaps, that Fischer actually doesn’t know anything and thus is not a proper party? In which case his status as the Whistleblower-in-Chief/star witness is kinda silly?

Which is it, Mr. Selig?

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Oh, how I hope he asked for the money just like this:

    • Jeremy Fox - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      And then, after being told that a million dollars isn’t that much money these days, upped his request to 100…biiiiillllliiiiooon dollars!

  2. sdelmonte - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Devolves into a farce? It was one to start with. It’s probably been one for years, and I say this as someone who is satisfied with the testing program as it is and who is a steroids apologist.

    It is mighty entertaining, though.

  3. thebadguyswon - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    This is getting awesome. Here’s hoping MLB pays him off and Selig shows the world what an opportunistic, PR-obsessed scumbag he really is.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    But what’s really important here is that Ryan Braun cheated!!11!

    It doesn’t matter if Biogenesis is full of scumbags, SOMEBOYD THEYRE ROTE BRAUNS NAME DOWN!!1111!

    It doesn’t matter that an arbitrator threw out Braun’s tainted urine test, THAT DODN’T TELLS ME THAT BRAUNS PEE WADN’T RITE!!!11!!

    It doesn’t matter that Ryan Braun’s numbers are pretty consistent, CUZ YUD BE CONZISTENT TO IF YOU EAT PEZ!!!11!!!

    • chacochicken - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM


    • joecool16280 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Thumbs up to the points you’ve made.

      Thumbs down to the way you decided to write it.

    • airedale1950 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      My God man you come off nuttier than a MLB lawyer searching for whistle blowers…or should that be nuttier than a whistle blower looking for a MLB lawyer?
      … did you attend some sort of secondary school, or did your formal education come off a Wheaties box and Twitter?

    • kevinbnyc - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Mr. Selig?

  5. paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Selig’s salary is north of $20M/year. A million bucks to MLB is chicken scratch.

  6. stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    A million is chicken scratch, no doubt. I wonder if anyone in MLB management is doing a risk analysis of all the various blind alleys that could occur because they do business with this guy. You’re smart, so I’ll bet you could name a lot of them. This could cost pro baseball billions if it blows the wrong way.

  7. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    This sounds like the ex-employee is putting it out there for a player to pony up more to buy his silence. A-Rod and Braun certainly have the cash.

  8. jm91rs - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I wonder if the “smoking gun” are the documents that the other sketchy dude had stolen out of his car. All around strange situation.

  9. jayscarpa - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    100 MLB players is a lot of players. Most of the records are probably relatively old. If not than the guy is full of crap or MLB has a pretty crappy testing program. It’s worth someone else’s money to find out.

  10. myroncopesflask - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    He should start a bidding war with MLB and the players on the list.. I bet the players rumored to be on that list would come up with $50 million in the drop of a hat if psuhed hard enough.

  11. chip56 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    As much as I want to see MLB punish Braun, Alex and the others – they should walk away from this assclown as fast as possible.

  12. rbj1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    $1 million? Hey, Selig et al., I’ve got a legal pad here that shows I sold steroids to A-Rod, Braun and whomever else’s name you want dragged in the mud. I’ll sell it to you for only $750,000.

  13. orelmiraculous - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    “Or, perhaps, that Fischer actually doesn’t know anything and thus is not a proper party? In which case his status as the Whistleblower-in-Chief/star witness is kinda silly?”

    This is ridiculous, Craig. Fischer could still be a witness with relevant information, but not actually being a wrongdoer, in which case MLB wouldn’t be able to add him as a party to the case. 

    You’re so petulant and arrogant when it comes to this stuff that its ruining what was once a decent blog.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Then why don’t they just subpoena him, take his deposition and get his documents?

      • orelmiraculous - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Who says they won’t?  Has discovery even started yet?  All this article says is that this joker wants $1M, it says nothing about MLB’s intentions or actions.

      • dremmel69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        So, it is acceptable for players to pay millions to discredit evidence? But the MLB paying to secure evidence is somehow unconscionable by comparison?

  14. djpostl - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Does it matter if “Could it be that, perhaps, MLB realizes its lawsuit is baloney? ” as far as the discovery part is concerned?

    The merits of the suit aside, they could still get their hands on the documents this way.

  15. beerjunkie - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    MLB is a complete a joke. I hope this guys totally screws them over.

  16. dlf9 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    George Steinbrenner was suspended for one year because he paid a degenerate low life (Howie Spira?) for dirt on Dave Winfield in an attempt to find a way to get out of paying Winfield’s salary. I agree that this was a violation of “best interests of baseball.” I think the same should apply to anyone paying Fisher for evidence.

  17. Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Soak the scumbags!

  18. muskyhunter2542 - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    15 bucks little man. Put that shit in my hands. If that money dosent show me then you’ll owe me owe me owe.

  19. Chris K - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    No way MLB is the real target buyer for these documents. This is almost certainly just meant to scare A-Rod into purchasing the documents himself. Would make more sense as he’d be more likely to act out of fear on this than MLB and stands to lose a lot more than MLB does in this situation.

  20. dwdive - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Somehow Brewers fans will turn this into a reason Braun is innocent, even though he’s been using PED’s for years and years….

    • fm31970 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      And yet he only tested positive one tome in those “years and years”??

      Does this Fisher guy have the original documents or copies? Does Tony Bosch and Biogenesis not have the legal rights to these documents as the owner of the business? In other words, didn’t Fisher steal company property and now he’s illegally possessing it?

      There doesn’t seem to be a lot of common sense being practiced by MLB’s “investigators” in this “case” (and I use that term loosely. Did they hire the same ex-PI as Arby’s, Bo what’s-his-name? Sheesh.

      • dremmel69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        So, it is more reasonable to believe that MLB purposefully added steroids to Braun’s sample than that Braun has been masking multiple samples and eventually failed at doing so?

        Sure. Totally buying that.

      • dwdive - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        Braun has been using for year and years, those are the facts. He tested positive and won his appeal on a ridiculous circumstance. Arod, Bonds and numerous others have been using for years as well, how many positive tests in all? Not many because they all knew how to stay a step ahead of the testing. Stop it already, we all know these guys have been using for a long time, hell, Arod has been on the juice since high school. They knew how to avoid testing positive, and it’s all finally catching up to them. Braun is a cheater, a fraud, just like the rest of them. You defending him is ridiculous as us believing your claim of his innocence… Outside of Milwaukee, everyone knows he’s a user and a cheat, wise up man, you make yourself look stupid, and you definitely don’t need any help doing that…

      • dwdive - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        BTW fm31970, you should take a little of your own advice, and start using a little common sense yourself, because you are definitely a little short in that category…

  21. dremmel69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    If MLB pays for such evidence, does it make the evidence less legitimate? I wonder how much Ryan Braun’s defense team paid to dig up enough “dirt” on an MLB urine collector/transporter to make that evidence seem less legitimate?

    If both sides take the low road on PED enforcement and defense, they are equally worthy of the “scumbag” label.

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