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

Aug 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez is at Fenway Park and he has spoken to the assembled media about this morning’s 60 Minutes report that he leaked Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli‘s names to Yahoo! back in February.

Not that it had to be him personally. Indeed, if such information was leaked “by A-Rod” it was likely from another person privy to it within his circle and could have quite possibly come without A-Rod’s knowledge. The same goes for his lawyer’s denials this morning. Given that A-Rod’s attorneys at one time represented Braun they would not be likely to leak it as a matter of professional ethics.

Which sort of goes to the heart of why I think this is more a story about P.R. than it is about potential future discipline. It would be hard for Major League Baseball to lay this sort of thing at A-Rod’s actual feet if it wanted to in the context of an argument that A-Rod violated the confidentiality rules of the JDA at the upcoming arbitration. If it was part of baseball’s trial strategy it’s likely that they wouldn’t be leaking this now.

After a week of people starting to question whether or not MLB is coming down too hard on Rodriguez, this feels a lot like a reminder from someone that, hey, he’s a bad guy. And he may be. But I don’t think that’s a revelation to anyone.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    60 Min did not claim that A-Rod leaked the information personally, thus it is easy for A-Rod to deny that he leaked the information. 60 Min did claim that someone close to him leaked the information. Rodriguez does not appear to have denied that anyone close to him leaked the names.

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      A-rod says it’s not true & that he is confused. We have to believe him because he says he loves the game & just wants to play. He’s a great guy.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      No. “60 minutes” claimed “A-Rod’s camp” leaked it. They never said someone close to him.

      What exactly was “A-Rod’s camp”?

      A-Rod’s lawyer flat out denied it according to AP:

      ”The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex – this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game,” he said in a statement to the show. ”While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.”

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        What pray tell is the difference between “A-Rod’s camp” and “someone close to him”. Since A-Rod lives in luxury, I doubt that he camps out..

      • righthandofjustice - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        What exactly is your point? In this context, it is highly doubtful “camp” means where A-Rod lives. Even so, some per diem cleaning lady he comes to work in his house is also someone in “A-Rod’s camp”.

    • bosoxfanpeds - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Arod a duschbag…Keep trying to hit him in the head…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  2. dondada10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    It’s not just a river in Egypt.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Leave Egypt alone. They have enough problems of their own.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        So have the jays for the last 20+ years so what is your point?

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        I suspect that Poor Dim One Note Harry isn’t a carbon based unit after all. The irremediable tediousness with which he repeats the same mindless mantra indicates that he may just be an artificial…er…well, you can’t really call him an artificial intelligence, can you? Well, William Gibson never did coin the term “artificial stupidity,” so I won’t be violating any copyrights here. Yes, that works. Poor Dim One Note Harry may very well be an artificial stupidity subsisting at very low wavelengths in the matrix.

        It has long been understood that artificial intellegences may spontaneously form in cyberspace around bits of data which serve as their digital condensation nuclei. It follows form this that artificial stupidities could also form – coagulate, more than condense – around mistakes, repetitive digital formations, blunders, typos, dimwitted comments, specks of dust fused to hard drives or greasy fingerprints thereon, sneezes into the ventilation grids of desktops, cheap beer dribbled between the keys of laptops, and poorly etched circuits. We will invoke Gibsonian logic to explore this most excellent possibility going forward.

      • nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Gator, you might just have hit upon something here. This demands further research and could lead to a Nobel Prize for you down the road, if you can figure out how this happened and harry was formed.

        If this technology can be perfected (or maybe imperfected would be the proper term here), then just THINK of the possible uses for artificial stupidities, especially in the field of politics.

  3. mvp43 - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Arod- we don’t believe a damn thing you say…….. bastard

    • bosoxfanpeds - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Arods a duschbag…………Keep trying to drill him in the Head……………………..

  4. multiplemiggs - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Gnawing, cheese-eating rat is gonna get whacked. Vafancul!

  5. ahenobarbuso - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    It sort of makes sense if you think about it. If he knew the evidence against him was strong then shifting / dispersing the attention of the media and investigators amongst the other players would, at least in his mind, reduce the attention placed on him and perhaps even result in a reduced suspension. It would somewhat reduce baseball fans’ negative view of him as well, as he is only one member of a group of cheaters instead of the sole perpetrator.

    He also paranoidly probably figured everything would be pinned solely on him otherwise…

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Think that one through again. If he had the documents, then he very well knew that there were quite a few other ballplayers implicated. That doesn’t mean that he still felt persecuted in a special way as a function of his narcissism, but it militates against the idea that he thought no one else would get slammed.

  6. offseasonblues - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    This is crossing topics a bit, but it’s been bugging me so here goes.

    In 2003, Jon Lester was the reward for the Rangers trading ARod to the Red Sox.
    Today he spoke with Alex Best Baseball Reporter on the Planet Speier and voiced what many of us feel – we do need to uphold the appeal process, but man does it suck that ARod is playing.

    Craig – it is this multi-faceted look at these situations that you miss. Yes, the legalities are essential and need to be respected and preserved. But it still requires a lot of nose pinching when a despicable character benefits from those protections. If you actually believe that ARod is a swell dude, well then I’m wrong and there’s no hope for you. But I think you’re mostly yanking chains to generate clicks. I don’t mind if you remind everyone that being falsely assumed guilty of thing two just because you once did thing one is problematic. But you do it in a way that diminishes your credibility. And I wish you had some for the replay issue!

    • ezthinking - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      I think it’s abundantly clear in Craig’s posts that he wants to remind people the process must be followed. If you don’t follow the process, there is chaos and you revert to collusion and pre-1960’s world of baseball where the owners dominated the game to the detriment of the game and the players.

      If players don’t like the system, try to fix it with the owners. if the owners don’t like the system, try to fix it with the players.

      The parties’ lack of foresight that the Commissioner would hand down a suspension under the JDA without contractual authority is and then realize that the appeal process for part of the suspension yields a gain of playing time during the appeal is the fault of the parties – and no one else.

      Players bitching about ARod playing have only themselves and their elected leaders to blame.

      • offseasonblues - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        And Lester wasn’t bitching, he was supporting the process, acknowledging the need for it. It’s possible to do those things and also think ARod playing through his suspension is somewhat short of glorious.

      • clemente2 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        How and in what way is his playing while appeal is considered anything bad? That is the collectively bargained process. Several players (Trout, Lester) have said stupid things that show no understanding of the CBA and what protections it gives them. Don’t sign on.

      • offseasonblues - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        If you’re a pitcher and he’s done damage while you were on the mound and you were not using banned substances and he was, then the playing field wasn’t level.

        I can understand not liking that.
        (not sure what happens to replies when you can’t reply to the post you want to replay to)

      • CyclePower - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Criag’s schtick goes beyond simply advocating for an adherence to legal due process. If that was the case, one blog article on the subject would’ve probably been enough.

        ….In Craig’s mind – “We can’t really judge PED users. They don’t really owe fans an apology. People have cheated at baseball since the beginning. We can’t be excessively judgmental of, say, Barry Bonds and deny him his rightful place in the HOF as one of the greatest players ever because we can’t really know with absolute certainty that Ken Griffey Jr. wasn’t doped to the gills, either. We can’t really make moral or ethical judgments because, in the end, maybe we’re all PED users in some way.”

      • bosoxfanpeds - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        Hit Him in the head…………

    • dparker713 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      I don’t think ARod is a swell dude. I also don’t think he’s despicable. He’s a ballplayer. Like most ballplayers in history he cheats at baseball and he likes to sleep around. Besides, the process is much more important than any individual case.

  7. chip56 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Um, actually the only ones questioning the penalty are the same PED apologists who were against this in the first place….and your fanboys.

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Chip, you are as tedious in your constant belaboring of the same issue, and in your Tea Party-like brainlocked repetition of calling anyone who supports due process as “PED apologists,” as Poor Dim One Note Harry is in his pathological trolling of Jays fans.

      • chip56 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        Gator, I’m not calling anyone who believes in due process a PED apologist. I’m calling PED apologists like Craig PED apologists.

      • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        Craig has never been an “apologist” for A-roid or any other doper. He has been a consistent supporter of due process. Your insistence, and that of the other idiots who like to chime in here like the sheeple that they are that he “supports” or “condones” or “defends” or is an “apologist” for PED use is fundamentally dishonest at best, mindless at worst.

        And tedious.

  8. jwbiii - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Given that A-Rod’s attorneys at one time represented Braun they would not be likely to leak it as a matter of professional ethics.

    Rodriguez didn’t hire David Cornwell until well after the leak to Yahoo occurred. Perhaps you know of others.

    I would really like to see something from Tim Brown and Jeff Passan from Yahoo on this. They wrote the original Yahoo article in February.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      I think they won’t because it is against the company’s policy of Yahoo! to identify the “sources”. I saw some writers mentioned that a couple of time in their articles recently.

      • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        That’s a handy policy to have when you want to smear someone and don’t want to be bothered with providing concrete evidence to back up your claims. This is typical of the degraded shambles to which “journalism” has reduced itself. It reminds me of Woody Harrelson informing Robert Downey Jr. that he was nothing but a journalist, the lowest form of life on earth, in Natural Born Killers.

  9. apkyletexas - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    A-Roid then said, “Oh, that Yuri – what a funny guy – always playing pranks like that!”

  10. tfbuckfutter - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Wait….A-Rod denied it?

    Well…..I guess that settles that then.

    • badintent - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      somewhere , off in the distance. the rat Brian McNamee is laughing his head off reading the Post and it’s Arodless headlines. Can’t blame him either.

  11. cubb1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    If ARoid says it, then it must be true.

  12. braddavery - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    A-Rod’s favorite song…

  13. thegonz13 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    The only time this turd doesn’t lie is when his mouth is closed.

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      No, he can type.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        He can also do sign language in Turd-ish.

  14. joey4id - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    A-Rod, A-Fraud, A-Snitch, A-Dope….. What next for a rod?

    • badintent - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Arod,” YOU ARE THE FATHER OF THAT CHILD”! And Gloria Allred is on line one for you and her client.

  15. righthandofjustice - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    CBS really needs to give the meaning of “A-Rod’s camp”. They usually are quite specific about the origin of the sources (e.g. position, organization), even if they are anonymous.

    More often than not, I heard that word “camp” in a political campaign (e.g. Obama’s re-election camp” but you can not just make the assumption when A is in B’s camp A must be someone close to B. A can just be a volunteer or someone who B doesn’t even know or interact with.

  16. bigdaddy44 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    May rubber rats rain down on A-Rod every time he takes the field until he is forced to leave MLB forever.

  17. steelerspitt7 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Nothing but a complete waste of a human being I feel so sorry for his kids they will be taunted so bad and it’s all daddy’s fault you freakin crack head junky let the Yankees pays forever they deserve trash like you

  18. banger60 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    these stories, it’s worse than being locked in a Volkswagen after a bad fart.

    • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Except that you’re not locked in here. There’s the door.

  19. rendy09o - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    up to I saw the paycheck saying $7438, I have faith …that…my cousin was like truley bringing home money parttime at there labtop.. there moms best frend had bean doing this for only about 8 months and a short time ago cleard the mortgage on there mini mansion and bourt a brand new Honda. this is where I went, go to this site home tab for more detail—>>> http://WWW.BAY96.COM

  20. jfk69 - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Who first leaked the names on the original 100 cheater test which Ortiz was on and with an agreement with the players union on non disclosure..Yes Selig and crew made sure that list was left out for certain eyes to see. I wouldn’t trust Selig if his tongue was notarized. This is more like a civil case. MLB wants to make sure they don’t lose the case and fan sentiment. It is called framing your opponent. Throw enough dirt and some will stick. Plus the bonus is your opponent will be too busy defending himself. Ask yourself…Who benefits from this leak…LoL
    As much as I DISLIKE Alex…I have seen this game before from Selig. When he wanted the Montreal franchise gone. Every time it looked like Montreal might have a chance. A new bit of bad news found its way to the papers. While his buddy Loria stayed loyal.

  21. ndrick731 - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I believe him. Of course I believe on the tooth fairy, Martians and flying pigs too.

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