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Report: MLB impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation when it bought Biogenesis docs

Nov 15, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

Bud Selig

Hey, I realize that an actual arm of the Florida government tasked with protecting the health and welfare of Florida citizens has a job to do, but that crap has to go by the wayside when Major League Baseball is getting bad publicity and Bud Selig has a legacy to secure. It’s all about priorities, people:

Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told “Outside the Lines.” . . . A state official said the limited scope of the investigation and its conclusion were direct results of MLB officials purchasing documents related to the since-shuttered clinic at the center of a performance-enhancing drug scandal involving Alex RodriguezRyan Braun and at least a dozen other players.

As I’ve said numerous times: I don’t much doubt that Alex Rodriguez and others used PEDs. But I also don’t believe for an instant that Major League Baseball’s efforts to take them down for it are in any way reasonable or proportional to the severity of the players’ transgressions.

If this source is correct, PED-hysteria in baseball has now directly impeded a state investigation. Was this all really worth it?

UPDATE: Excellent point here too:

 

Cue A-Rod with the “I LEARNED IT FROM YOU, DAD!” speech.

  1. shawndc04 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Ah, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, MLB?

  2. rbj1 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Florida won’t do anything about it, too many communities invested in Spring Training. Be a shame if those teams relocated from Florida to Texas.

  3. mornelithe - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Um yeah, because it’s so hard to file a subpoena for the documents, right? And besides, it’s Florida, the Gov’t will do what they want regardless.

  4. righthandofjustice - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Said it all along… once when the REAL Biogenesis trial progress, MLB is going to face a lot of investigations and potential lawsuits…

    • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      righthand is an aroid minion. Obviously doesn’t work after the hours spent here commenting long and hard on anything aroid. Paid just like the freaks protesting in front of the court house.

      • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        there are many paid aroid minions here supporting aroid.

      • chacochicken - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Do you think Alex can read your thoughts? Have you caught him watching you but can’t prove it?

      • righthandofjustice - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        ROFL! I only make one or 2 short posts a day and although I don’t think A-Rod should be suspended accordingly to the “evidence” shown around the web, personally I hope he get suspended and take the issue to court so I get more enjoyment to go with my popcorn!

      • Kevin S. - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        And this guy calls you a minion while posting dozens of times about what a disgusting freak A-Rod is because he kissed himself in the mirror once. Who’s obsessed, again?

      • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        i didn’t say righthand is obsessed. I said he works for aroids lawyers.

      • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        One picture of him kissing himself is enough to labe him a freak. I’m sure he has done it more often. Have you seen his Centaurus self portrait??

      • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Hell of a lot more then 2 post a day here, now funny. your statements are factually inaccurate. Small few know the evidence yet. aroid could have used peds through out his career. we will find out one day. keep rolling

      • righthandofjustice - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        ilovegspot, how about a government probe into BOTH you and me? Say yes please for the sake of JUSTICE.

    • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      No one knows the exact evidence however we do know 14 others took their punishment based on the same case and evidence. enjoy your popcorn and aroid jiz

  5. tigers182 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Did Bud Selig highlight his hair?

    • anxovies - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      It’s not his hair. It’s obviously a wig and he has never learned to put it on straight.

  6. deadhead2323 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Like everybody else who ruin the game

  7. happytwinsfan - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    hey anybody who knows the ins and outs of the law at least some – i don’t – gotta question about something i haven’t understood from the begining of this thing

    under what circumstances if any is it legal for a former employee to be in possesion of the records for her former employeer concering private transactions between her former employeer and customers which they then sell to a private corporate entity or individual? doesn’t the possesion of such documents qualify as some sort of theft?

    • righthandofjustice - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      If you are talking about Porter Fischer… I think you are barking up the wrong tree since he is not only an employee but also a partner of Biogenesis. He also only obtained a copy of some of the documents, not the original. Besides, Tony Bosch knew he took the copies and didn’t report a theft.

      In a nutshell, it was not a theft.

      • happytwinsfan - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        thanks for responding

        i don’t know who i’m talking about, all the reports i saw said “former employees”. if this porter fischer is the only one maybe you’re right.

        does it make a difference if it’s a copy. isn’t the information, not the ink stained paper the real property?

      • righthandofjustice - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Porter Fischer was the marketing director as well as a partner in crime of Bosch. He got into a dispute with Bosch when the later refused to share his profits so Fischer took the documents but later returned it to Bosch upon his request while Fischer made a copy as a collateral.

        Gary Jones is the alleged thief who broke into Fischer’s car and stole the documents that were bought by MLB.

        Gary Jones is an alleged thief but Fischer isn’t.

        You may question whether stolen properties can be used as evidence and I think in this case, yes, but you can question if it is tainted. It is stolen property. Buying stolen property is illegal and unethical. It may be tainted too but it is still admissible.

        If it is a copy of the original, it may need to be validated but in this case apparently Bosch has already done that and it took him all 8 days in the first half of the hearing. Holowitz may take it as an admissible evidence but some questions he may have are whether he thinks Bosch has been telling the truth, while Bosch said he apparently prescribed some “food” to A-rod why did his nurse said she has no such knowledge and saw no treatment, and is getting a prescription of “food” from a fake doctor enough to justify A-Rod has possession of such “food”?

        Regarding buying stolen property, hiding it from the public and government agencies, falsely accused other of buying the documents, etc etc etc… my comment now is Ha! Ha!

      • happytwinsfan - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        righthandofjustice

        thanks for the rundown, i think. if you mean by “ha ha” that this whole thing is a hilarious parade of gutter rats, agreed

  8. rhmurphy - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I’m more okay with a private organization regulating and investigating which drugs its employees use than I am with the state regulating and investigating which drugs its citizens use.

    • raysfan1 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      On the other hand, I do want the state government to ensure that practitioners who hang up shingles/open clinic purportedly to treat the sick, promote wellness, etc, are competent and licensed to do so rather than hucksters. This is supposedly what the state was trying to do and what MLB allegedly interfered with.

  9. historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    “You snooze, you lose.” — Bud “Snail” Selig

  10. cur68 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Bud might have overreached and interfered with a lawful government entity action? Golly. Is that better or worse than ARod shooting drugs into his own buttocks?

  11. gloccamorra - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    You know what burns my butt – besides a flame waist high? That a guy waits until the 22nd year of a 23 year career to start building his “legacy”. It’s too late, Bud! Your legacy is a player strike your second year, followed by the first cancellation of the World Series since 1904, then by a drubbing in the courts by the players’ union. You followed that by inviting a politician to investigate drugs in baseball and saw Federal investigators turn it into a witch hunt, forcing you and the Players’ Union rep to cobble a testing system together, and you capped it off by first declaring a tie in the All Star Game, then compounding it by giving the league winner in the ASG home field advantage in the World Series, breaking the alternating format. Finally, you cheapened the World Series by giving us interleague play all season, with a team’s chances of getting into the postseason partly dependent on who they play in an unbalanced schedule. THAT’S your “legacy”.

  12. pipkin42 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Well, to be fair to MLB, ever since the Tea Party took over Florida its government hasn’t been too interested in protecting its citizens, so MLB probably figured they were good to go.

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