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60 Minutes reporting that A-Rod’s camp leaked Ryan Braun and other Biogenesis players’ names to Yahoo!

Aug 16, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez has, like, 47 people on the planet in his corner. It’s me, a few other like-minded PED apologists, his kids, some friends, his lawyer and a handful of ballplayers, I figure.  If this report from 60 Minutes is accurate, he’s doing a great job now of alienating even those left in his corner:

“60 Minutes” has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.

The leak came just days after the weekly newspaper Miami New Times published documents in January detailing Rodriguez’s pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.

The documents in question are Tony Bosch’s handwritten notes which, unlike those which sourced the Miami New Times report, were unredacted. The report is that A-Rod got his hands on them and released them to Yahoo! The possible implication being that he wanted more people’s names out there. The more serious implication: that A-Rod, in doing so, violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s confidentiality clause and also interfered with Major League Baseball’s investigation.

I see a confidentiality clause violation as a real problem. It could serve as a basis for Major League Baseball arguing for greater discipline and defending its 211-game ban. I’m less impressed with an argument that it interfered with their investigation. If true, it actually undercuts the idea that A-Rod was trying to destroy evidence. He was preserving it, actually, even if it wasn’t for pure motives. And if reports at the time were to be believed, Major League Baseball didn’t, as of yet, have access to any of these documents or the names contained therein, so Braun and others’ names being thrown out there actually would have allowed them to expand their investigation, wouldn’t it? It would have served as a lead? That doesn’t excuse A-Rod, of course, but I do think that it’s less than 100% clear that even him leaking things, if true, necessarily impeded MLB’s investigation.

But, if true, this is a potential additional violation of the CBA and it’s certainly an optics problem, as it appears as though A-Rod is throwing players under the p.r. bus. That he was trying to throw the focus off of him for a while. Which was successful, if one remembers how the story so quickly shifted to Braun in the week or so after Biogenesis came to light last winter.

UPDATE: A-Rod denies that he leaked the information to Yahoo!

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  1. 1historian - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Say it ain’t so, Joe

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      Does show what kind of company King Kalkaterra likes to keep!

    • bosoxfanpeds - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Pitchers keep drilling arod in the head….

  2. thegonz13 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Wow! This POS even sold out one of his own teammates.

    Think A-Roid will get much love in the clubhouse?

    • 2difshoe - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Not A-Roid…it is now A-Rat…and a big one.
      He better hope he never goes to the pen, rats like him are not really welcomed kindly.

      This guy has to go down as the biggest FRAUD and cheat ever in baseball…and that’s moves him Sammy ( I love me who do you love) Sosa.
      As soon as the steroids start breaking down and his little A-rod shrivels to the size of a field mouse, he’s going to have a tough go with the ladies.

      Good riddance Mr, Douche Rod

  3. materialman80 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    It’s way past time for this clown to be banned from baseball for life.

  4. ctony1216 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    “Members of Rodriguez’s camp at the time” released documents to the media? Which members of “A-Rod’s camp,” exactly? MLB continues to leak bizarre bits of info to the media, and you just have to wonder why.

    It’s so strange that MLB continues to try to win a P.R. war with A-Rod, when the process for an appeal is already in place. If A-Rod released confidential info to the press, then that would come out in the hearing, and MLB would probably get the result they want. What good does it do MLB to play this all out in the press during the pennant races? Do they like having “steroids in baseball” talked about in the news every day?

    Seems to me MLB is worried about something or annoyed with A-Rod’s lawyer, Cornwell, and are trying to hurt him for as long as this process takes.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      If that’s really what MLB did then they should fire the guy who came up with this moronic idea. To the GENERAL PUBLIC, revealing the truth of this PED scandal is a good deed to the society and will actually improve the image of A-Roid.

      However, it made no sense for A-Roid’s camp to leak the information for other people to investigate him unless the real intention of that informant was to sell A-Roid out together with the other players.

    • jgillmeister - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      What makes you think that MLB leaked this story? Why do you think the story of the leak would come out in a hearing?

      User your head for more than wearing a hat.

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        I didn’t say MLB leaked any information. My response was to the OP.

        Please use your eyes if you have any.

  5. jgillmeister - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I’m just glad that Craig finally admitted what we all secretly knew; that he’s a PED apologist. Maybe now, he’ll shut up on the subject, since its impossible for him to look at it in a reasonable and unbiased manner.

    • theskinsman - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      What secret? Craig has been polishing A-Rod’s apple since day 1. I hope he can branch out to any other subject once his man crush is out of the game one day.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      King KalKaterra has been pulling all the fans middle legs to get his name up in lights to get a bonus.

  6. theysone - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Can we just get this whole thing over with and burn ARod at the stake already?

  7. rcali - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Thankfully Mark Reynolds has been added to this downward spiral. He’s a little young for the Yanks but his batting average fits right in.

  8. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    It’s me, a few other like-minded PED apologists,


    Congrats, Craig. Admitting you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      Sociopaths can’t recover. They are just locked away in white jackets in small rooms and forgotten.

  9. laffers - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I don’t know who the writer of this article is but his editors should look deeply into his credentials as a writer of MLB issues.
    The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is an agreement between Union Members(players) and Management. It was never intended to be, nor is it, an agreement between players.
    If, and a big IF, ARod disseminated names, HE DID NOT VIOLATE THE CBA! He’s a pr–k if he did, but he didn’t violate anything other than the unwritten trust between players.
    To the author; read the CBA; it could be helpful the next time you quote it!

    • umrguy42 - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Read the JDA, section 5. It includes the Players Association (the union) and its members (the players), and precludes them from disclosing information on *an individual’s* test results. It does NOT specify that it *only* pertains to THAT PLAYER’S results. By implication, players must remain silent about ALL players’ test results (or in this case, damaging info of apparent PED use). A reasonable argument could be made that this type of info is *not* covered by the JDA, since it’s not test results, testing, the treatment programs, etc.. I don’t know if it would hold water, but it could be made.

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        So when a player told his friends or doctor he doped, he violated the JDA because he discussed his “test results”? I don’t think so.

        Anyway, it won’t matter at all if that “anonymous source in A-Rod camp” doesn’t reveal his identity and provide proof, and I bet like all the other “anonymous sources” who said bogus defamatory things will not be heard again.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Whoever told you that Calcaterra could read?

  10. righthandofjustice - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Last I checked, CBSNews changed “A-Rod’s camp” to “sources close to the matter” in their latest article last night:

    As CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reported, sources close to the matter told “60 Minutes” the purpose of the leak was to show Rodriguez was not the only star using drugs.

    I suppose that’s after David Cormwell, A-Rod’s lawyers talked to them.

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