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So, about Alex Rodriguez’s friend who wanted Tony Bosch dead…

Jan 12, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

Tony Bosch (60 Minutes - CBS)

Someone is going to put him in jail, right?

I mean, MLB’s chief operating officer Rob Manfred made it quite clear on 60 Minutes that the threat against Tony Bosch’s life, made by an associate of Alex Rodriguez, needed to be taken seriously, even if he couldn’t go into any details about it. It’s no secret that MLB had hired guards to protect Bosch after it was revealed that he’d cooperate with the investigation. He wouldn’t name the person behind the threat, other than to connect the person with Rodriguez.

It also seems Manfred wanted us to believe that this, along with the attempted bribing of Bosch, is part of why Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, reduced now to 162, for his PED usage, when other players got only 50 games. Bug Selig, also interviewed, was so bothered by what Rodriguez did that he couldn’t seem to provide any detail at all. Perhaps it was unsuitable for a prime time network audience. But it was there and it was huge and it was worth an extra 161 games.

So, what about it?

Manfred said that it’s definite that Rodriguez is an associate of this individual, but he added that he couldn’t know if Rodriguez himself was aware of the threat.

Also unknown is whether MLB turned any evidence about said threat over to the proper authorities. Did Bosch want that? It doesn’t seem he ever went to the police himself about any threats. Of course, that probably would have presented some complications, given his various illegal activities.

Indeed, it seems MLB’s only real interest in the threat was as more leverage against Rodriguez. That was certainly how it was presented as tonight. Rather than talk about Bosch’s other clients or how easy MLB’s drug testing was to beat or maybe delve into how the league perhaps benefited from PEDs during the 1990s, we were treated to a segment on how a criminal no one in the audience cares about may have had to fear for his life because of undisclosed threats, even though since, obviously, he’s talking on TV right now, nothing ever came of them.

And that seems incredibly weak to me. There was no investigating on the part of 60 Minutes here: everything from tonight’s program was supplied by Bosch and documents owned by MLB. If the segment was going to spend time on this threat on Bosch’s life, it would have been nice had it dug up some facts on who actually made the threat. Bosch knows. Manfred knows. Selig knows. So, why don’t we?

  1. ningenito78 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Oooohhhhh boy! Buckle up kids! This should be fun.

    • mick2014 - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Yuri Sucart is the mystery guy that A-rod gave the thumbs up to wack Bosch.

      • apkyletexas - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        Cameron Diaz. Obviously. She was going to kill him while wearing her Charlie’s Angels bikini.

    • emilymgarcia - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:43 AM

      my roomate’s mother makes $84/hour on the laptop. She has been without work for nine months but last month her check was $12191 just working on the laptop for a few hours. use this link…

      • chadjones27 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        That amount sounds oddly similar to the amount that A-Rod allegedly paid Bosch for his services. Hmmm. Me thinks A-Rod is also behind all this blog-spamming we’ve been getting on here.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        Are you saying your roommate’s mother was paid by A-Rod over the computer to murder Tony Bosch?

      • apkyletexas - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        That makes her an accomplice.

  2. chacochicken - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    I can’t wait until Arod starts playing charity baseball games in North Korea.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      I can’t wait until A-Rods orders the hit on Bosch.

  3. brianjoates - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Alex and his lawyer are going to give him the frank pentangeli when this makes its way to a court room.

  4. jeffbbf - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    you hear what you want to hear. personally, i didn’t think naming the person who made the threat against Bosch would have added or detracted from the story. MLB determined it was a valid threat and provided security for Bosch. The US government does this for their witnesses all the time. Congress even passed an Act covering such treatment. I don’t think anyone from MLB said that the threat added to the number of games ARod was suspended. Manfred was asked a question. He answered it. He didn’t answer the questions he wasn’t asked. Blame CBS, not MLB for your frustrations.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      you can believe an admitted liar like Bosch, and Manfred was told by Selig do what ever you have to, I wouldn’t trust anything Bosch said or anyone who pays for information in cash in a brown bag to a criminal.

    • paperlions - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Right, because, you know, you wouldn’t file a police report if someone threatened your life. Nope, you would call MLB to protect you. Yep, that’s normal.

      The fact that there is no evidence or documentation to back any of this up means that it is a fabrication. 60 minutes is rather embarrassing as “news” outlet. All they did was provide a platform for an agenda. No serious questions, no hard questions. Nothing. Anyone that has paid attention at all to this story didn’t learn anything tonight that they didn’t already (expect that centaurs are afraid of needles)….and they actually know a lot of important relevant things that the 60 minutes piece was conveniently ignoring.

      Again, this was 60 minutes providing a platform to MLB in an attempt to smear ARod’s reputation further in the eyes of people that aren’t paying enough attention to know better.

      • Glenn - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        60 Minutes has been about “softball” questions, not hardball investigations for a very long time. Think about the Clemens interview. When it comes to sports, 60 Minutes is a soap opera for men.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        OMG, paper, I thought you were better than that drama.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        We apparently also found out that Chickens keep dogs. That is news to me.

    • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      If MLB determined it was a valid death threat they have completely no reason not to call the police. It is the police’s job to protect Bosch.

      Didn’t Manfred say Bosch selling PED to minors was not MLB’s concern, just not their job? How come they made a complete u-turn and became so concerned about Bosch, and instead of sharing their concern with the proper authorities they tried to “share” it with TV viewers?

      Many people may be couch potatoes but very very of them were born yesterday.

      • djpostl - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        “It is the police’s job to protect Bosch.”

        Tell that to the countless thousands of wealthy people who have their own security.

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        Bosch is not one of those wealthy people unfortunately. Porter Fischer said he received death threats too but why didn’t MLB paid him an security allowance of $800,000 and counting?

        Bosch said his life was threatened and he went to MLB for help and came home with $800,000… but when Fischer’s life was threatened he got the documents he was delivering to the Florida government stolen. How ironic?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        It most certainly is not the police’s job to provide security details. Ask anyone who has applied for a protective order.

        Also, how do you know that MLB did not alert the authorities to anything? Or shared info with the police? Somehow, someone found out because Bosch has been charged with providing drugs to minors. You won’t know all the details on that until that goes to trial (if ever).

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        If Bosch and MLB have reported the case to the police at least 6 months ago why didn’t they tell that story to 60 minutes then?

        Manfred said the Bosch “death threats” should be taken seriously but he could not even tell the name of the person who issued those “threats” and went on to say he didn’t know if A-Rod knew it. Hoq can he expect the authorities to take things seriously without providing any details?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        You are getting distracted by tangents. It wasn’t an exhaustive report. It could not be in the time allowed. The most compelling/important part of the story was A-Rod getting caught and hearing from the guy who helped him. That’s how the story was framed then. Good grief.

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Huh? If the “death threats” were unimportant how come Manfred spent the whole show talking about it?

        Why didn’t he talk about the actual evidence that led to A-Rod’s suspension that they? Remember, the entire appeal process is over now. There is nothing restraining MLB from releasing the evidence.

        Why didn’t he talk about the comment from Horowitz? Why didn’t he tell the reason why MLB refused to release it?

        There are numerous things he could and should say but all he said in the entire show was “death threats”. Regarding the A-rod arbitration, his comments were all like “I don’t know”, “we don’t want to get into the details”, “we decide not to talk about it”, etc.

    • clydeserra - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      “MLB determined”

      hee, now that is funny.

    • jlinatl - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      The issue from last night isn’t that Bosch/MLB didn’t report the threats, it’s that 60 Minutes didn’t dig deeper.

      The threat may have been reported and investigated or discredited. The results do have some bearing as they are indicative of the strength of the accusation. Due to editing, we really don’t know what was asked or answered.

      Other than making a point of paying $100k to a guy with just a first name, I thought the interview was nothing more than a high level recap. I felt like I wasted my time. The memory story afterward was more interesting. Marilu Henner looks pretty good for 61.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      You guys don’t know a lot about criminals and how far out of their way they will go to avoid police.

      I have a friend who has been in trouble a lot for coming down on the wrong side of a certain prohibition law….and he once wrapped his car around a tree after hitting black ice, stone sober, nothing illegal in his vehicle….he STILL tried to flee the wreck on a shattered leg because he didn’t want to interact with the cops.

  5. serbingood - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Haven’t seen 60 Minutes yet, I’m on West Coast time. From the blogs and comments it appears that 60 Minutes continues it’s decline. It is now in the bowl with the ty-d-bowl boat, swirling around waiting for the flush to finish.

    What is a story like this doing on 60 Minutes? Are we in Seeps month?

    I am beginning to have some sympathy for Alex. If it looks like a lynching, smells like a lynching then it must be what, a Zebra?

  6. righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    MLB and Bosch better have evidence and filed a police report months ago or this tactic will only backfire badly against them.

    When somebody’s life is being threatened who do you think he will call for help: (a) MLB, (b) the police or (c) the Ghost Busters? Bosch’s former associate Porter Fischer said his life was threatened so he called the police and this Bosch guy called MLB who in turn claimed a reported $800,000 security allowance from MLB.

    Even if somebody believes MLB gives better life protection than the police curious minds will all want to know why they didn’t tell us this story when it happened when? In June or July 2013?

    We should know nowadays the police take terrorist and death threats and false reporting seriously. Even an apparent joke made by a teen in Facebook regarding a game he played got him jailed for half year and he is still facing a charge that can put him behind bars for 10 more years.

    • yournuts - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      Bosch’s legal fees are being paid by MLB and he will not face prosecution because MLB dropped their lawsuit.

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        Bosch is still charged with selling PED to people outside baseball, including minors that MLB has absolutely no authority and no reason to lay their hands on.

        Porter Fischer has a document theft case in progress that for sure Bosch will be called upon as a witness.

        A-Rod’s lawsuit against MLB as well as likely another pending lawsuit against his arbitration ruling will link Bosch in.

        FDA and Florida State Department of Health are still actively pursuing the people who impeded their investigations and without a doubt the credibility of Bosch as well as the authenticity of the evidence he put up will be questioned.

        Bosch is also rumored to be involved in activities related to controlled substances, such as cocaine, prohibited by state and federal laws.

        There are numerous ways that the dirt can be dug up from Bosch. The “death threats” he and MLB mentioned will be reviewed even if they don’t want to.

  7. cackalackyank - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I think A-rod is guilty. I think A-rod is a lying sack. I also think that something stinks here besides the BS that A-rod has been spreading. MLB is not in the business of determining if a threat on a person is legitimate. That is what we have agencies like the FBI, State police, etc. etc. etc. I a almost beginning to think that while he was using, he was also set up.

  8. djpostl - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    It might seem weak to you but it obviously didn’t to the three-person arbitration panel.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      Note the rush to judgment on partial evidence. I guess everyone thinks the impartial arbitrator is a figgins moron who didn’t weigh ALL of the evidence (and is better trained to make legal assessments than most of the people on here).

      • yournuts - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:08 AM

        No, but I know that Arod didn’t meet with him either. He wanted to call Bud Selig as a witness and was refused. It seems to me that there is more to this story. Arod really didn’t have his day in court and the only witness for MLB is an admitted drug dealer who was being sued by MLB and made a deal with them for immunity, protection and money. Please, this smells very fishy to me.

      • yournuts - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        Tony Bosch got immunity from prosecution, his legal fees paid and money.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        MLB can’t give immunity from prosecution. They dropped their lawsuit against him, but they can’t make assurances for prosecutors.

      • psl1196 - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        @yournuts: Call Bud Selig? You fell for that publicity stunt? That is like somebody accused of shoplifting at WalMart wanting to call a member of the Walton family. ARod didn’t testify because he is guilty. He stormed out to distract from the fact that he can’t answer questions on the matter posed by anybody with a brain and two eyes. And you fell for it.

  9. elmo - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    MIssed it, probably won’t seek it out. From the descriptions it sounds like just another sign of the slow, sad death of 60 Minutes. Not as significant or as embarassing as their recent “Benghazi” B.S. and the virtual infomercial for the NSA, but about as lame.

    Hey, I’m just glad you guys have a new picture of Bosch to replace that damn mug shot.

  10. yournuts - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    How much was Bosch paid by 60 minutes for this interview? How much was Bosch paid by MLB? This just doesn’t make sense to me. I may not be a Arod fan but this seems very strange to me.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      My understanding is that 60 Minutes does not pay for interviews.

      • yournuts - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        I was always under the impression that 60 Minutes does pay. Why else would Tony Bosch spend that much time with them and look like a foolish drug dealer? Everything he has done is for money, how credible can he really be?

      • yournuts - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        historiophiliac, Conformed 60 minutes does pay for interviews. Look it up. Tony Bosch was paid a flat fee to be a guest on 60 minutes. I can’t find out how much, that is the secret. Just saying. Google 60 minutes.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Feel free to post a link to your source. CBS News policy is not to pay for interviews. I googled it and found nothing. If you found a credible source, post it.

  11. 950003cups - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    This story gets better and better.

  12. courageousdeer - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    This says a lot about how lax “60 Minutes” journalistic standards have become over the past few years. No follow up? No interviewing other witnesses? No interviews with local, state, or federal cops? Mike Wallace must be turning over in his grave.

  13. 461deep - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Bosch spoke with knowledge about PEDs. He said Alex ask what Manny took. Would have loved 60 Minutes to ask Bosch why Manny failed tests and Alex did not although Bosch did explain what needed to be done to avoid testing positive. This part of the show was interesting. Commissioner was out to nail Alex to support the drug testing program. IMO he did not enjoy the whole affair since his usual MO is to do as little as possible and avoid involvement when he can.

  14. jmmsr1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Anyone notice the sweat beads on Manfred’d upper lip? Reminds one of Nixon when he lied.

  15. louhudson23 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Apparently ,the use of PED’s is against the rules. Alex had not been aware of that fact and all of this is really unfair…

  16. manhandler1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    I think this writer, Pouliot, and Rodriguez must have spent the night together in some hotel somewhere.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:02 AM

      You do know your screename is “manhandler1” right?

      • Gamera the Brave - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Best laugh of the day. Thanks.

  17. rdav29 - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    It’s all about PR. With Selig retiring and not wanting a legacy that his tenure was marred by PEDs, he wanted one last hurrah to stick it to the highest profile active PEDs player and that’s what he did. The real fans will see through the PR move, but most fans are casual fans and will see it as an attempt to turn around the MLB culture. So a win for Selig.

  18. rbj1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    OK, lets see. We have a player who was alleged to have used banned substances, along with many others who got much shorter suspenses. 211 games minus 50 games is 161 games.

    So basically, credibly threatening to kill someone is a one year suspension, and not, more sensibly, banning you from the sport for life. If Rob Manfred’s allegation, and here he is speaking on behalf of MLB, is true then murder threats are not taken seriously by Bud Selig.

  19. ctony1216 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Obvious questions that 60 Minutes failed to ask:

    To Selig: “Is it true that MLB’s PED testing is as easy to get around as Bosch says it is?. Have you verified Bosch’s test-avoidance scheme with scientific testing? Because Melky Cabrera, Manny, and Colon failed their drug tests, but A-Rod passed his. What are you doing to fix your PED tests?

    (If MLB isn’t improving its drug tests, the 60 Minutes episode was a Public Service Announcement for every athlete who wants to juice up.)

    To Bosch: How was Ryan Braun’s PED regimen different from A-Rod’s? How long have Braun, Nelson Cruz, and the others been using PEDs? How many different athletes have you provided PEDs to? And in which sports?

    So many more questions came up that should have been asked but weren’t. 60 Minutes did a horrible job. And Bud Selig’s legacy of cleaning up PEDs? Clearly, not the case after watching this show. The PED question is now bigger than it ever was before.

  20. jm91rs - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Can we all agree that MLB bent their own rules to get A-rod, and that Alex Rodriguez did a lot of steroids etc, he hooked up with a major scumbag in Bosch, and he went to great lengths to attempt to hide all of this?

    I don’t care if MLB broke rules, I don’t care if A-Rod broke rules, everyone involved has basically shown that they care only about their own legacies.

  21. dezolationangel - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Bosch is a drug dealer. Everything he sold was an illegal drug. How is he not in jail?

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