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Court smacks down MLB’s attempt to get A-Rod’s P.R. guy testify

Dec 13, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

Bud Selig

Yesterday we told you about how Major League Baseball was desperately trying to force A-Rod’s public relations guy, Michael Sitrick, to testify in the Biogenesis arbitration. The arbitration which is over, by the way, but MLB says it needs Sitrick in order to establish that A-Rod obstructed the Biogenesis investigation. Welp, sorry MLB:

Manhattan federal Judge Edgardo Ramos sided with A-Rod’s former PR maven Michael Sitrick, granting him a stay that gets “The Wizard of Spin” out of complying with the judge’s Nov. 22 order to honor an MLB subpoena and appear before the independent arbitrator who’ll determine the ban while Sitrick appeals the ruling to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

This doesn’t mean that, eventually, a court won’t say that Sitrick doesn’t have to comply with the subpoena. But it does mean that any such ruling will come way to late to help Major League Baseball, which wants him to show up in New York before the arbitrator issues his ruling. That’s not going to happen now.

There’s a quote from an attorney in the linked New York Post piece to the effect that baseball still thinks it’ll have no trouble obtaining the 211-game suspension against A-Rod without Sitrick’s testimony. But if that’s the case, one wonders why MLB fought so hard to get Sitrick under oath. And, if it got his testimony, to open up the arbitration that has been closed for a few weeks now.

My guess: the obstruction of justice case is pretty weak. And if it is, one wonders how MLB gets to 211 games.

  1. ezthinking - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    That quote is one brutal run-on sentence.

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Obviously they get to 211 games because he’s a poopyhead that people don’t like.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Selig is a stupid old man, let it already, you’re dragging baseball thru the mud.
      And stop paying ex-cons cash in brown paper bags, it makes you look foolish.

  3. righthandofjustice - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    It seems like these MLB lawyers don’t function very well outside the CBA, despite their high hour rates.

    They should know the Court is not likely to hold somebody in contempt, and if they do, they will give a warning first.

    MLB has plenty of time to subpoena the PR man before the hearing but they didn’t. The Court has to grant everybody the due process, including the right to appeal.

    The arbitration has also closed 3 weeks ago. Even if the Court granted their wish, the arbitrator should not reopen the hearing based on nothing but MLB’s own failure to compile and present the evidence within the time frame of the process.

  4. rathipon - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    The equitable result of this arbitration is that he gets NO suspension. Not a single day. The obstruction of MLB’s investigation allegation is a joke. And the PED use? The evidence that MLB has is the word of a complete scumbag (Bosch), and documents that were bought and sold and stolen by a host of shady characters straight out of some awful film noir flick. What you don’t have: An actual POSITIVE BLOOD TEST. It doesn’t exist. The word of a criminal and documents of suspicious provenance SHOULD NOT be enough to justify a suspension of 210 games, 50 games, or even 1 goddamned game. It’s not that A-Rod should be let off on a technicality ala Braun. He doesn’t deserve a punishment -at all- because MLB does not have sufficient evidence to show that he actually used PED’s. Period.

    • bleedgreen - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Exactly. Look, we all know he most likely DID use PEDs. But if you can’t prove it/catch him/anything other than get someone to SAY he did without any actual undeniable proof, then you can’t punish him. Why is it not OK (in Bud’s mind) to use instant replay to get calls on the field right but it IS OK, to try and use ‘instant replay’ to get their case right? You can’t go back and get a do over based on things you see AFTER the initial call, right Bud?

    • schreibdave - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      How do you know what evidence MLB has and where it came from?

  5. cackalackyank - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I’m sure this has nothing to do with that Le Fleur guy getting arrested for the document theft.

    • yahmule - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Hey, Ron LeFlore paid his debt to society. Get off the man!

      • cackalackyank - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Sorry St. Fleur.

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